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Harvard University Cambridge Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • Plus it has the best pay out of all the colleges/universities in the area and great benefits (in 122 reviews)

Cons
  • Workplace culture does not value work-life balance (in 45 reviews)

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

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  1. "Research Assistant III"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant III in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant III in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible schedule. Salary is below industry but a bit higher compared to research hospital salary. It is a good environment to learn, and to make connections.

    Cons

    There is no annual review with increase in salary based on performance. You can do an outstanding job, but the P.I. won't have the initiative to give you an incentive. Either you stay with your same salary or you get lucky and your salary increase due to negotiations of the union.

    Advice to Management

    Make the P.I. review the performance of his/her employees annually and if the person deserves it, then give them an increase. This will promote the good workers keep doing the best for the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You can't eat prestige, or pay the rent with it...."

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people overall. Flexible hours, every possible career path, access to the best education and partial tuition assistance! (some paid time off to attend job related coursework; intellectually stimulating environment, access to great libraries, all in the beautiful setting of Cambridge, MA

    Cons

    Don't try to ever cross them or they turn on you. Push comes to shove you are no longer one of them and they can and will mistreat and abuse you to protect themselves.

    Advice to Management

    You best be careful to see that your individual HR departments are properly advising each manager regarding workplace hazards and workplace injury procedures. People get hurt and then get re-victimized by the self insured Harvard Disability office--bad faith insurance policies undermine staff AND management level employees getting the benefits they have paid for for years.
      Don't wait until it happens to you, or to someone under you for whom YOU are responsible.

  3. "Postdoc at Harvard"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits at Harvard, specifically the gym membership and the health insurance which includes dental.
    Pay is around what you would expect for a Postdoc.
    Connections that you get from working as a Postdoc here are top notch.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is like most other top institutions. Heavily skewed towards work. Can be a little unhealthy at times.


  4. "Great place to work."

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    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Rapid raises. Plenty of new challenges. Treated with respect and part of the team even as an intern.

    Cons

    Can only work 17 hour total as an intern. Small company so little chance of being hired on after internship.

    Advice to Management

    Perfect as is. One of the best working environments and experiences overall.


  5. "Solid place to work"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally treat their grad students well, lots of perks. Very livable wage even though housing costs are really high in the area.

    Cons

    Quality of life is going to vary a LOT depending on supervisor. Administration very anti-union.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Okay workplace but management is very hierarchical"

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are VERY good especially health care.

    Cons

    Management tends to bend over backwards for Deans and higher sneior level administrators but treats the staff assistants and lower tiered staff very poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all of your employees equally


  7. "Great environment, excellent people."

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    I've had wonderful colleagues, managers who care about my professional development, and productive and encouraging work environments. The benefits are great; you can take classes through the Extension School, and there are speakers, authors, activists, and artists coming through all the time. It's a fun and fulfilling place to be.

    Cons

    I've had the good fortune of being in departments where I've felt supported, but I know there are probably others that are more cut-throat, competitive, or cliquey.

    Advice to Management

    Like any school, we need to up our commitment to inclusion and diversity. I know there are individual efforts, but it needs to be consistent across the board. Managers must recruit employees who make it a priority, and empower individuals to rise through the ranks in order to change subconscious bias and inherent racism

  8. "Administration Assistant"

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

    I worked at Harvard University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. A lot to learn and a lot to give back. Opportunities to move forward. Extension School Classes and Program allows you to get a Harvard Degree. Many plusses like working in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Museums, Libraries and health and employment benefits.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being great like you are.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Harvard is a great place to work. Superior benefits, supportive work environment and many opportunities for cultural enrichment on campus!

    Cons

    There really are not any cons here except for low salaries. There is ample opportunity to move around if the current position is not quite the right fit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, benefits, education, work/life balance. It is what makes this place great. Salaries can be increased.


  10. "Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Great scientific environment, multiple potential collaborations in the area

    Cons

    Not being Harvard employee, which means no benefits, when coming with own funding.


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