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Harvard University Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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  1. "Great Environment and Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Constant educational and area benefits

    Cons

    Large, political space- but likely similar at any large university


  2. "Good place to get experience"

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    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great training programs for administrative staff that I would highly recommend. Good benefits, can be very flexible and reasonable.

    Cons

    Not a very clear upward path. It seems most people have the same job for a long time, or job hop around within the university before leaving after 5 years. So at times it seems stagnant, which is the nature of higher education in general too I feel. So even the most hardworking and skilled people don't have much of a chance to shine.


  3. "Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Many privileges and benefits, e.g., catering at many events

    Cons

    Workplace culture does not value work-life balance


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  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Perks, Room to climb the ladder

    Cons

    Location, Work life balance, Poor management, Rude staff

    Advice to Management

    Need better management


  6. "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    This place regroups some of the greatest minds in science, business and law! Wonderful place to create great, career-changing connections, and to get a state of the art training.

    Cons

    It can also be a very stressful place, especially financially.


  7. "overall great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the opportunity to learn and grow

    Cons

    can be intense and overbearing sometimes


  8. "Law School development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers, passionate faculty members (many of whom understand the importance of fund raising), constituents who are world leaders in business, law, and government. Clear strategic direction and mission. Compassionate but driven dean.

    Cons

    Office management not as open and empowering with fund raising staff as it could be. Occasional struggles with central development colleagues over prospect and donor interactions/access. Great dean stepping down. Operations staff/management not as knowledgeable about front-line fund raisers' work, yet have disproportionate control/influence in the office that impacts this work, not always contructively.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and further empower front-line fund raising staff. "Share the wealth" in terms of high-level prospect access.


  9. "Prestige, but sometimes at a price"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    The prestige of working at Harvard is self-evident; people take you and your work very seriously, particularly outside of the Boston area.

    Cons

    Prestige comes at a price. Because so many people want to work at Harvard, employee satisfaction is not a top priority; there are always several hundred people who are happy to take your place.

    Advice to Management

    Value the institutional knowledge your administrative staff bring to the table. It is far more valuable than many of the top-down efforts that have been initiated.


  10. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Ability to hire and train your own team
    -Solid graduate students to hire
    -Autonomy and flexibility
    -Good benefits (including vacation)

    Cons

    -Not a lot of room for growth
    -Don't offer competitive salaries
    -Decision making is lackluster
    -Antiquated processes

    Advice to Management

    -Help solid employees grow in their jobs
    -Need more action oriented decisions and progress


  11. "Harvard University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Great people; plenty of feedback; really smart colleagues

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit overwhelming and too competitive



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