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Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellow Reviews

Updated Dec 18, 2019

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  1. "Assistant Professor Position"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

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

    Pros

    Access to latest technologies and infrastructure. Good networking and collaborations within the vicinity.

    Cons

    Work life imbalance. Salary support is lower for the high cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Looking for a Assistant Professor position to become an independent lead researcher in Immunology.

    Harvard University2019-12-18
  2. "Research Fellow at Harvard"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    The job is great and the place is unique. Everything takes place at Harvard.

    Cons

    The salary is (imho) quite low

    Harvard University2019-04-21
  3. "Challenging and hierarchical"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Networking, interesting projects, name brand and recognition

    Cons

    Hierarchical, same type of analysis, not much room for creativity

    Harvard University2019-04-12
  4. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow/Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Active, free atmosphere, dynamic, and international.

    Cons

    Boston is very cold, and the food in Harvard University is not good.

    Harvard University2017-12-18
  5. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Supportive mentor who is at the top of her field -Many seminars and workshops for career development and to keep up to date to the latest research -Provide free lunch at seminars to encourage people to attend -Easy access to the best equipment and reagents -Socializing is encouraged through beer hours and parties -Subsidized/free taxi rides for those working at late hours

    Cons

    -Too many different projects going on so there is no time to go to the seminars and workshops mentioned above -Sometimes relationships with other co-workers become intense and competitive -Low salary

    Advice to Management

    -Make salary more competitive

    Harvard University2016-11-23
  6. "Postdoctoral Associate"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. The allocated vacation time is good.

    Cons

    Postdoctoral Research Fellows salary is very low. Universities like Stanford raise the postdoc salary to accommodate the high cost of living in Palo Alto. Harvard should have enough money to treat their postdocs similarly.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the postdoc salary

    Harvard University2016-11-16
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Crimson Curtain"

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    Research Fellow/Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harvard University for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If everything works out then Harvard is wonderful on your resume. Some researchers were able to succeed under the demands and pressures of their professors, but very few. Several other postdocs had to leave research as a career because of poor mentoring and career development.

    Cons

    If something does not work out, then Harvard will haunt you for the rest of your career. In the Boston area, Harvard on your resume does not have as much weight as you would think. Everyone in Boston is from MIT or Harvard.

    Harvard University2016-08-16
  8. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, resources, and collaborators

    Cons

    Poor salary for research personnel, extremely competitive, poor work life balance

    Harvard University2016-06-29
  9. "Great place to work, extremely inspiring"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are surrounded by so many extraordinarily smart people, you can take Harvard classes for very little money, the time off is that of a university so...great

    Cons

    postdoc salaries aren't that exciting, competitiveness is high and everyone seems to be very fond of themselves

    Advice to Management

    more affordable housing would be nice, also better transportation between different campus locations

    Harvard University2014-12-21
  10. "Transitional, from phd to career."

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources, good health care benefits, smart people

    Cons

    Not a lot of investment in me, no one cares whether I succeed

    Harvard University2014-09-30
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