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Updated July 19, 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. "waitress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits!, 3 weeks of vacation and sick days.

    Cons

    Long interview and hiring process


  2. "very nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Boston, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Boston, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    very nice community . full of life .

    Cons

    I could not cop up with the system

  3. "Technology Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Technology Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Technology Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great people, great opportunities

    Cons

    Not too much for the merit-based hiring process, at least on the administrative side, but rather a matter of who you know that can help you get in.


  4. "Postdoc at Harvard"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits at Harvard, specifically the gym membership and the health insurance which includes dental.
    Pay is around what you would expect for a Postdoc.
    Connections that you get from working as a Postdoc here are top notch.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is like most other top institutions. Heavily skewed towards work. Can be a little unhealthy at times.


  5. "Solid place to work"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally treat their grad students well, lots of perks. Very livable wage even though housing costs are really high in the area.

    Cons

    Quality of life is going to vary a LOT depending on supervisor. Administration very anti-union.


  6. "Great place to work."

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    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Harvard University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment. Rapid raises. Plenty of new challenges. Treated with respect and part of the team even as an intern.

    Cons

    Can only work 17 hour total as an intern. Small company so little chance of being hired on after internship.

    Advice to Management

    Perfect as is. One of the best working environments and experiences overall.


  7. "Good Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good people
    - Nice salary package
    - Located in Boston area so very nice since Biotech companies are nearby

    Cons

    - Need to be given nice insurance pacakage
    - Need good paid holiday
    - Need facility to work from home

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  8. "Reseach"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    cutting-edge research over the world

    Cons

    high cost for parking and house/living


  9. "Dedicated to workforce development"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding Benefits
    Tuition Assistance
    Mindful of work/life balance
    countless groups/clubs/activities/opportunities to learn/grow/try something new

    Cons

    The downside of working in a research lab is that Harvard professors are funded by federal grants and job security is always a concern.


  10. "Great environment, excellent people."

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    I've had wonderful colleagues, managers who care about my professional development, and productive and encouraging work environments. The benefits are great; you can take classes through the Extension School, and there are speakers, authors, activists, and artists coming through all the time. It's a fun and fulfilling place to be.

    Cons

    I've had the good fortune of being in departments where I've felt supported, but I know there are probably others that are more cut-throat, competitive, or cliquey.

    Advice to Management

    Like any school, we need to up our commitment to inclusion and diversity. I know there are individual efforts, but it needs to be consistent across the board. Managers must recruit employees who make it a priority, and empower individuals to rise through the ranks in order to change subconscious bias and inherent racism


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