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Updated August 19, 2018
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  • "Highly competitive environment that can lead to pooor work/ life balance" (in 51 reviews)

  • "Does not account for cost of living" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hard, but valuable work in the research field

    Cons

    Work load and time spent on experiments are time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Great work


  2. "HUIT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Puts IT depts at most other universities to shame. Good mix of career higher ed types + corporate + govt experience.

    Cons

    No complaints, I had a wonderful experience and enjoyed terrific mentors.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Pay was competitive even for an hourly position. Friendly work environment. Great office locations. Holidays off.

    Cons

    Long onboarding process, made it difficult to get work started. Tech and computer login accounts took about a month to coordinate. Part time payment process was more complex than it needed to be.


  4. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great corporate recruitment opportunity, work with world-class elites.

    Cons

    Living expenses in Cambridge is high.


  5. "FWS for GSAS grad student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible schedules and easy to manage with full time curriculum

    Cons

    salary is close to minimum wage


  6. "Great Benefits; Stuffy Culture"

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, including ample paid time off and low-cost health insurance. Flexible working conditions in most departments/offices. Great, competent colleagues.

    Cons

    Administrators (especially HR) can really muck up any process, large or small. Beware of any promises they make you and don't hold your breath waiting for follow-through. Some employees (especially those that have been there a long time) are eager to maintain an old-fashioned, elitist atmosphere at Harvard.


  7. "Great place to work, but management needs improvement"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - GREAT Benefits - lots of PTO
    - Tuition reimbursement/Classes are $40
    - Respected organization

    Cons

    - Internal mobility, while discussed frequently, is not embraced by managers.
    - Hard to trust senior management due to favoritism

    Advice to Management

    - Encourage managers to recognize dedicated employees frequently, not just Harvard Hero’s.
    - Process for internal applicants needs improvement

  8. "Phd student salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great research and work environment

    Cons

    Phd stipends are low for some departments and schools


  9. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people, free food, lots of seminars

    Cons

    Cannot think about any cons


  10. "Media Tech"

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    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Harvard, MA
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Harvard, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good money, decent life style.

    Cons

    Older generation needs to go.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


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