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Harvard University Cambridge Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 72 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the overall work environment is good (to great) depending on which school/department/tub you work for (in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be difficult (in 39 reviews)

  • relatively low pay compared to industry (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "It is good."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people here, a lot of freedom for research; great equipment, much help from colleagues; good resources; lots of benefit

    Cons

    I found that the salary is a bit low when you have a family to support; sometimes it can take a lot longer to finish.

    Advice to Management

    Go for it after careful consideration.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks and benefits. Flexibility. Health care. Job security.

    Cons

    Larger departments are messy and management often seems incapable of completing projects.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work with other managers, get stuff done instead of just thinking about getting it done.


  3. "review"

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

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

    Pros

    It is a good place to work

    Cons

    I have no cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice at this time


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  5. "Customer Service Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working, intelligent staff - great managers

    Cons

    Mission of Information Technology department could be made clearer to students (i.e. we are not MicroCenter)


  6. "Good work if you can get it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Evaluator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Evaluator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are mostly wonderful. Many are positive, collaborative, friendly, and intelligent, and interested in doing good work.

    Cons

    It is a very large institution, and has overlapping offices since it is so decentralized. It seems that this can make it a bit slow-moving in adjusting, in order to make improvements in process or clarifying goals.


  7. "9 months here so far, and no plans to leave anytime soon"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant III in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant III in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good benefits, supportive coworkers (at least in my office), lots of resources and professional development opportunities available

    Cons

    Really large organization means sometimes it can take a really long time to get things fixed, and there's a lot of one office does things this way and another office does things this way so the learning curve can be a little difficult at the start.


  8. "Amazing"

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

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

    Pros

    The students and faculty are so talented

    Cons

    It is a relatively high pressure environment


  9. "Grad student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent funding, a lot of independence in research depending on the lab

    Cons

    harvard loves harvard, thinks they are the best. can get tiring.


  10. "Bad management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible. If you do not care about being challenged, this is a good place. Excellent time off and sick leave policy, and health insurance.

    Cons

    Underemployment. Depending on which group, there seems to be workplace bullying that goes on here

    Advice to Management

    Value each employee based on capability, distribute work load.


  11. "Graduate student researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of exciting and meaningful research being conducted.

    Cons

    Graduate students have little power in their relationships with PIs and roadmaps to graduation can sometimes be opaque.



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