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Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work life balance (in 81 reviews)

  • Plus it has the best pay out of all the colleges/universities in the area and great benefits (in 119 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is like most other top institutions (in 43 reviews)

  • relatively low pay compared to industry (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I love working here and the environment is great

    Cons

    I didn't have any negative experience personally


  2. "Teaching Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    It's very fun to teach other undergraduates!

    Cons

    The work can be time consuming on top of normal school work.

  3. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Very good university with a good balance between academics and social life

    Cons

    The undergraduate applied math program is not very research-driven


  4. "Student Employee"

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    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Very laid back work environment, great people to work with and very flexible shifts

    Cons

    Often late nights, but can be avoided if you schedule well


  5. "Database Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Worked at a small fundraising office with some incredibly talented fundraising directors. You will see the inner workings of how big buildings are paid for!

    Cons

    Working with some very dated systems can be annoying, but hey it well worth the beer money.


  6. "Golden handcalves"

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    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, generally relaxed and friendly attitudes, often interesting work

    Cons

    Often can feel rather beurocratic


  7. "Great benefits, great place to work"

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    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, generous vacation and holidays, accessible via MBTA and subsidized T passes

    Cons

    Parking is very expensive if needing to commute via car

  8. "PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources for learning new things.

    Cons

    Very competitive, and not a good focus on work/life balance.


  9. "Production Assistant for Live Sports"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Gaining lots of new experience with positions you usually might not have worked.

    Cons

    It's part time and you may not get to work preferred positions.


  10. "Good, but know schools you end up with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Salaries are public, and pay bands are online.
    Grad School of Education is seen as one of the best.
    HLS also seems pretty nice benefits wise.

    Cons

    Kennedy School and Business School are tough places to work.
    Union relatively weak vis-a-vis management.


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