Harvard University Reviews

Updated Aug 1, 2020

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4.3
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Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow
Lawrence S. Bacow
76 Ratings
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  • "Poor work-life balance if you get the wrong advisor(in 59 reviews)

  • "low pay and that probably isn't changing any time soon(in 49 reviews)

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  1. "N/A"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience and design expertise.

    Cons

    Irregular life balance for work.

  2. "Amazing Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, excellent work life balance, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Lesser pay than would be offered outside the higher education world.


  3. "Harvard"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Student in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful networking opportunities on campus

    Cons

    Superstar professors often disengaged with student body

  4. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Very prestigious, helpful in future job seeking

    Cons

    Compensation is fairly low in comparison to living cost

  5. "Great place to be a grad student"

    5.0
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Lots of strong faculty so as a grad student can pretty much find an advisor working on anything you could want, in the biological sciences at least

    Cons

    Similar cons to any PhD program

  6. "Amazing administrators, lackluster faculty."

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Communicator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The admin staff is fantastic. Knowledgeable and helpful.

    Cons

    Faculty had to be reminded by administrative staff that people do not come into the department on federal holidays.

  7. "Great benefits but toxic politics"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Developer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Competitive benefits; excellent access to quality courses at significant discount; immediate co-workers were all great, talented people

    Cons

    Management was ineffective and created toxic dynamics between teams

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  8. "Program manager"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Good team and ok benefits

    Cons

    Retirement is little and bureaucratic processes

  9. "Lower salary compared with other universities"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    good fame, Boston is a nice place.

    Cons

    salary is low for postdoc

  10. "Wonderful people"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Student Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    Mostly administrative work, answering phones and other small tasks (at the beginning, at least)

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