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Harvard University Postdoctoral Research Fellow Reviews

Updated Dec 18, 2019

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  1. "Excellence, recognition, and opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are surrounded by motivated and high-achieving researchers; both yourself and your work receive extra recognition merely because of your affiliation; you are continually exposed to opportunities to grow your network and career, both through colleagues at the university and through people met at social functions - it's a happening city.

    Cons

    Poor monetary compensation when compared with other universities internationally; frustratingly lethargic administration - even by university standards (particularly finance and IT); complex organisational hierarchy.

    Harvard University2014-09-24
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    "World-class personnel and resources housed in a profit machine"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA
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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Harvard is extremely good at staffing itself with talented, hard-working, supremely competent people who take pride in that they do. The healthcare plan is excellent, as are many "perk"-like benefits that are a bit hidden, but great once you know where they are. (Check out Innings & Outings)

    Cons

    The university itself can feel a bit like a meat-grinder. Also, make no mistake, if there are pennies that can be wrung from you, Harvard will wring you dry.

    Harvard University2014-08-06
  3. "The best place for doing research"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent faculty team and students; lots of oppotunies to interact with top scholars in the field. The environment is absolutely inspiring

    Cons

    low paid salary for postdocs or those not on tenure-track

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    Harvard University2014-07-27
  4. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are competitive, and everything is taken care of efficiently. There is also plenty of room for engagement (academic and otherwise) in areas other than your specialty, since the school excels in every area.

    Cons

    The weather sucks. Public transportation is OK, but there are lots of place in Cambridge that are nice and not too accessible by public transportation.

    Harvard University2014-04-05
  5. "Great place to be at"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, great atmostphere, awesome city.

    Cons

    Poor salary compared to industry.

    Harvard University2014-01-08
  6. "Postdoc fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    Vibrant community, smart and motivated people, great brand name, good experience if you want to stay in academia, very very low pay...

    Cons

    Someone with 3 scientific degrees usually earns about one half to one third of the amount someone with an undergraduate degree makes in industry or other fields like finance. This wouldn't be an issue if the absolute value was still reasonable. It isn't.

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    Harvard University2013-10-22
  7. "Excellent research experience"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly driven environment, learn from and interact act with leaders in their fields, get top quality research experience

    Cons

    Less focus on work/life balance, personal and professional development and mentoring. Postdoc salaries not great, even though this varies a lot by department. Can be a high-stress environment, very competitive

    Harvard University2013-01-20
  8. "Very good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Professional Development, good work place, good benefits

    Cons

    Nothing specific about the employer but Boston city can be cold in winter

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    Harvard University2012-11-08
  9. "A happy life at Harvard"

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University

    Pros

    People around are generally nice, feel proud to be a member at Harvard.

    Cons

    Salary and compensation is low compared to the living standard in Boston.

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    Harvard University2011-07-31

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