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Updated July 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 79 reviews)

  • Plus it has the best pay out of all the colleges/universities in the area and great benefits (in 115 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is like most other top institutions (in 42 reviews)

  • relatively low pay compared to industry (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Okay workplace but management is very hierarchical"

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are VERY good especially health care.

    Cons

    Management tends to bend over backwards for Deans and higher sneior level administrators but treats the staff assistants and lower tiered staff very poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all of your employees equally


  2. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. good pay for Higher Education industry

    Cons

    advancing is tough depending in the department!!

  3. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, brand name, good location

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring community, limited growth opportunity, not great on diversity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is an awesome environment to be in. Internationally diverse, bright people, surrounded by people who are really making a difference in the world. Lots of culture, and learning opportunities via free classes. Good gym benefits, health benefits. Paid time off is good if they let you use it. Automatic one week off at Christmas break is awesome. Your job will be more stable then the private sector, but I have seen plenty of people laid off unexpectedly.

    Cons

    Especially if you are a minority, growth opportunities are limited. Most places, though not all, expect you to work very hard for not great pay. There is a lot of classism and elitism which can be challenging and frustrating to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    IT needs more resources. We are not resourced enough--too many managers and not enough engineers.


  5. "each department is different"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    brilliant colleagues and great resources

    Cons

    faculty don't care; administration is disorganized


  6. "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible. If you do not care about being challenged, this is a good place. Excellent time off and sick leave policy, and health insurance.

    Cons

    Underemployment. Depending on which group, there seems to be workplace bullying that goes on here

    Advice to Management

    Value each employee based on capability, distribute work load.


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Ability to hire and train your own team
    -Solid graduate students to hire
    -Autonomy and flexibility
    -Good benefits (including vacation)

    Cons

    -Not a lot of room for growth
    -Don't offer competitive salaries
    -Decision making is lackluster
    -Antiquated processes

    Advice to Management

    -Help solid employees grow in their jobs
    -Need more action oriented decisions and progress

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic and decentralized"

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    Current Employee - Publications Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Publications Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunities for professional development, tons of educational opportunities, highly educated co-workers, lots of resources available, kind of like a small city.

    Cons

    Very decentralized, one hand doesn't know what the other is doing, very political, lots of professors with big egos managing staff poorly, extremely bureaucratic which can limit your ability to try new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Make up your mind whether or not you want to centralize various aspects of work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Worked at the Graduate School of Education PPE"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Harvard has excellent benefits: healthcare, education etc. I also worked with a wonderful group of people at PPE. Most of them became really good friends and most really worked hard. We had a lot of work so I learned how to effectively manage time and I can handle a lot of work well. I wouldn't trade this experience at all because it made me a better employee.

    Cons

    Overall the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not seem to pay its employees well at all. Also Programs in Professional Education (PPE) in many ways was not a good place to work. The office runs high quality professional development programs for leaders in education but is understaffed, has a high ratio of managers to staff and works its employees unfairly hard. The turnover rate is extremely high. Many people I know are like me and say they are glad they had the experience because it did make them better workers but did not liked working there. Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend working in this particular office which is too bad because they do good work

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees better and treat them
    Better as well


  10. "Harvard School of Public Health"

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

    Pros

    You will work with smart, motivated, and committed people.

    Cons

    The salary is very low.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was just plain unfriendly. Otherwise, fine, but nothing to rave about.


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