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Harvard University Boston Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work life balance (in 82 reviews)

  • Plus it has the best pay out of all the colleges/universities in the area and great benefits (in 120 reviews)

Cons
  • Workplace culture does not value work-life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • relatively low pay compared to industry (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Dedicated people working toward a common goal -- a better world for everyone."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people who'll work with you to help you meet your professional goals. Great benefits. The school works hard to provide a space where all are welcome and safe.

    Cons

    As with many jobs where government funding was present, regs could get overwhelming and confusing. Technical infrastructure could use a boost.


  2. "Database Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Student in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Student in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked at a small fundraising office with some incredibly talented fundraising directors. You will see the inner workings of how big buildings are paid for!

    Cons

    Working with some very dated systems can be annoying, but hey it well worth the beer money.

  3. "Systems engineer"

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    Current Intern - IT Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - IT Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great learning experience, people here are very accommodating and nice. It is a great opportunity to network

    Cons

    Sometimes there is not enough work to do, if you want to stay busy you have to ask people who work here to give you work to do

    Advice to Management

    I do not have advice to management, they know what they are doing and I repect their grind and hustle


  4. "CDL driver"

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    Former Freelancer - CDL Driver in Allston, MA
    Former Freelancer - CDL Driver in Allston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The experience is awesome. Being part of an ivy league institute is nothing short of phenomenal.

    Cons

    The work load can be a challenging. But it's worth it.


  5. "Staff Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing and being able to take classes at the Harvard Extension School for virtually nothing was incredible. While at time challenging, being a Staff Assistant greatly prepares your for the working world.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy and my office was very reluctant to making changes-- big or small--that would increase efficiency and improve the overall work environment. There was also a ton of staff turnover, especially amongst Staff Assistants, who in my office, usually worked harder than their managers (skipping lunch, staying late even when managers have left), despite being underpaid and valued.

    Advice to Management

    Give Staff Assistants the ability to engage and opportunities for ownership over projects. Realise how much staff turnover is costing you and figure out how to do more to make Harvard a place where staff want to stay.


  6. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources for learning new things.

    Cons

    Very competitive, and not a good focus on work/life balance.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of reasons to not only get a job at Harvard, but remain here. The benefits are incredible, including reduced tuition at the Extension School for anyone seeking to advance their education. There are so many operating units that even if you aren't fully satisfied with your position, after some time, it's fairly easy to move into a new position.

    Cons

    Although the University has really tried to tout the "One Harvard" line for the past couple of years, most programs and offices are really compartmentalized in their approach and not every system works the same across the board. Harvard could do work on creating a more uniform approach to it's administrative systems

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career development for your administrators, not just the academics. The admin teams keep the university afloat, and you need to reward them for that.

  8. "Great Minds Make Great Employers"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Access to leading scholars and artists
    - Reasonable -to - Generous pay for college research assistants
    - Opportunity to substantially contribute to one of many fields
    - Perks include free meals, cool events, and possibility for summer extension of academic year position
    - Work on close-knit team with your fellow, and if the fellow lives local, you have the opportunity to stay with her or him longer term

    Cons

    - Not all fellows entrust their assistants with rewarding work

    Advice to Management

    You might want to devise a more thorough mid-year review for the work your assistants are doing. That said, I had a life-changing experience, and my only negative feedback comes secondhand from peers in the program.


  9. "Benefits are good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good vacation and health benefits.

    Cons

    Interview and hiring process took over 3 months.


  10. "Experience is highly dependent on lab and department environment"

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    Current Employee - Science PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Science PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to resources and collaborations that would be almost impossible to find anywhere else . Great science, great people and great mentors can be found here (this is specific for science PhDs).

    Cons

    Some departments and labs contain unpleasant environments. Students can be taken advantage of.

    Advice to Management

    Work on culture.


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