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Updated October 18, 2018
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  • "Highly competitive environment that can lead to pooor work/ life balance" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Does not account for cost of living" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Athletics Ticket Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff. Very helpful in getting started. Great experience working large events such as Harvard-Yale football and Harvard-Cornell hockey games.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat slow at times.


  2. "Post-doc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    vibrant scientific community and facilities

    Cons

    there are very few downsides

  3. "Teaching Fellow"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    great learning opportunity, flexible time

    Cons

    little money, no career development


  4. "Post-doc life in Boston"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The title and training are great.

    Cons

    Post-doctoral pay does not scale with cost of living in Boston


  5. "Great Benefits and Intellectual Atmosphere"

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

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

    Pros

    Harvard's benefits for FT employees are excellent. Health and dental premiums are low and the plans have good coverage. Tuition remission helps employees develop new skills (or interests). There's always a ton happening in the community, university and local. My colleagues were excellent at their jobs but also first-rate human beings in general.

    Cons

    Some egos are wildly out of control, as might be expected. HR's incompetence, combined with Harvard's commitment to term positions (1 yr, 2 yr, etc.) means there's very little job security for the majority of folks, and they cut positions on a whim. Generally, if your advanced degree is not *directly* applicable or required for your position, people act as if it's nonexistent.


  6. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    resources, colleagues, location, academic opportunities, students

    Cons

    elitism, pay, inefficiency, parking, ignoring solutions outside academia


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I've worked for"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing (free classes, healthcare, wellness programs, Center for Workplace development, excellent time off), the management/leadership is wonderful and people-focused, inclusivity is promoted, and you have a very healthy work/life balance (nobody really works past 5pm). Job duties are clear and well-defined.

    Cons

    A little too siloed. It's a little challenging to cross-train into different jobs.

  8. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment. There are a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Advisor may be very busy.


  9. "Depends what department you work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    You have the ability to work flexible hours

    Cons

    No work life balance. Not as advertised

    Advice to Management

    Don't reject every single vacation request over the course of a year while taking over 6 weeks off.


  10. "Harvard University IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful, effective, and efficient staff

    Cons

    Can't set own schedule. Can only set availability


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