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Harvard University PhD Candidate Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2019

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Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow
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  1. "Great resources for scientific research"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate 

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Funding is not a problem for researchers, you can find wonderful mentors, and some of the programs are really very dedicated to their students' academic career.

    Cons

    Affordable and quality healthcare offered to students is lacking.

    Harvard University2019-07-27
  2. "PhD in Social Sciences"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stable and high funding Peer support Grant opportunities and name recognition

    Cons

    Decentralized structure of university Some faculty advising

    Harvard University2018-03-20
  3. "PhD Candidate"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    An interdisciplinary environment that bridges different disciplines in science and engineering.

    Cons

    Cambridge, MA, is an expensive area in particular for students/postdocs with a family.

    Harvard University2018-02-20
  4. "Humanities PhD program"

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    PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Brilliant classmates and teachers. Phenomenal resources for research.

    Cons

    Each professor isn't always a good or even adequate doctoral advisor. Often little understanding of how to help market you outside of elite academia.

    Harvard University2017-08-03
  5. "Solid place to work"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for 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.

    Harvard University2017-06-12
  6. "each department is different"

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    PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    brilliant colleagues and great resources

    Cons

    faculty don't care; administration is disorganized

    Harvard University2017-04-01
  7. "Grad student"

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    PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University for 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.

    Harvard University2017-03-11
  8. "Graduate student researcher"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for 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.

    Harvard University2017-03-05
  9. "PhD Candidate"

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    PhD Candidate in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harvard University for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great networking and resources available across Harvard community and throughout Boston. Amazing programming across all the campuses, and easy access to all of it. Wonderful community.

    Cons

    Very intense, high-competition environment. Not much attention paid to training/mentorship. Sometimes the wealth of resources makes it difficult to sift through and find what you actually need.

    Advice to Management

    More attention paid to mentoring relationships between faculty and students, incentives for proper mentoring and better resources for students who are in a difficult mentor-trainee relationship.

    Harvard University2016-01-24
  10. "Harvard Statistics Department is Fantastic!"

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    PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University for less than a year

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, very friendly and welcoming. Fantastic classes, covering a divers range of topics

    Cons

    Not enough faculty and diversity. Funding for PhD students is very confusing, but you always get paid.

    Harvard University2015-12-04
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