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Updated June 20, 2018
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  • "Highly competitive environment that can lead to pooor work/ life balance" (in 51 reviews)

  • "28 million in 2017 in Arts & Sciences & therefore NO ONE got even a cost of living raise" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Most outstanding scientists in the world and leading researches"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Most outstanding scientists in the world and leading researches

    Cons

    Weather issue, especially in winter


  2. "PhD Student"

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

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

    Pros

    One of the best research universities. Great reputation.

    Cons

    Really depends on what department you are in. For some departments the graduation pressure is higher.

  3. "Teaching Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Good hourly rate for a student

    Cons

    No cons. Had the benefit of working for a well-organized class


  4. "Postdoc at SEAS"

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

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

    Pros

    Access to all that Harvard has to offer including the many interesting talks that happen on campus, the people working on all sorts of projects, great lab equipment, and lots of opportunities that come your way for sampling being attached to the university.

    Cons

    You're still a postdoc completely at the whim of your professor with a postdoc salary in one of the most expensive cities in the US.


  5. "Great place"

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

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

    Pros

    Working in the library has been great.

    Cons

    Sometimes I feel that the higher-ups don't do very much.


  6. "Harvard Chan School"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious and comfortable with good benefits

    Cons

    Almost no job ladder for non faculty

    Advice to Management

    See staff as resources to invest in.


  7. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Harvard has excellent resources, very talented and smart people, and focuses on solving important problems relevant in today's world.

    Cons

    Reputation can impact decisions that are made.

  8. "great student job!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Kind coworkers
    - Relaxed work

    Cons

    - can't do other work (I work in the reshelving department at Widener) though it's not really a con because I can listen to music/podcasts/etc.


  9. "Great institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Harvard is a great place to work

    Cons

    No negatives. Role was up to expectations.


  10. "School of Public Health Experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II Non-Lab in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II Non-Lab in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    prestige of projects and faculty
    lectures and seminars of variety of topics
    flexible

    Cons

    silo work environment, office and research politics


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