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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. "Hostile and Toxic Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are competitive

    Cons

    Senior management will manipulate and lie. Employees have no support or protection against this institutional beast. HR takes the lead in this discriminatory environment with zero accountability at the highest levels of the institution. Their misconduct is hidden behind the curtain of the venerable Harvard name.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul your HR departments across the institution, starting with the leadership level.


  2. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, culture. The campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Slow moving bureaucracy, makes one feel like a cog in the wheel.


  3. "Great place for research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great environament and facilities. Smart people

    Cons

    jobs are always temporary and we all work too much

    Advice to Management

    ok


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  5. "Harvard PhD candidate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Resources
    Faculty are world class
    Name brand is hard to beat
    Intellectual environment is highly stimulating.
    Active Seminars allow for great preparation.

    Cons

    Pace of life
    Advising structure
    Siloed departments
    Faculty availability
    Lack of community


  6. "senior management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fast-paced, interesting work, world class brand and working with really smart people

    Cons

    politics, resistance to change, favoritism

    Advice to Management

    don't let a few egos get in the way of progress


  7. "Great Resources for Students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great resources, good people, valuable connections

    Cons

    Lot of work, low work/life balance, little vacation


  8. "Museum Fine Art Photographer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well equipped photographic studios as applies to studio size, cameras and accessories, computers and software. Assignments to handle, light and photograph objects spanning the entire range of the Harvard University Art Museums collections. Flexible hours. Excellent benefits and educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Over the years the mandate regarding image making has moved considerably from extremely high standards, both compositionally and technically, where image quality was paramount, to a more quantity based one.

    Advice to Management

    Adequate allowance of time to create the highest quality images produces the most usefullness images in all formats and uses and negates the future necessity of object handling.


  9. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement


  10. "Very strong program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a graduate student in SEAS at Harvard is great. HUGE pro: the administration strongly cares about students AND looks out for them.

    Cons

    I guess I'd say some of the bureaucratic deadlines are negotiable, so that can be frustrating at times, but then that kind of only helps the students, sooooo.

    Very weak dental coverage, such that a lot of students just opt out.

    Advice to Management

    Dental


  11. "Harvard is great"

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

    Pros

    Great reputation and research resources.

    Cons

    Grad school is pretty hard.



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