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Harvard University Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent benefits and work life balance (in 84 reviews)

  • Plus it has the best pay out of all the colleges/universities in the area and great benefits (in 124 reviews)

Cons
  • Workplace culture does not value work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • I agreed to work for a low pay rate because of the prestige of the position (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In 5+ years in various staff positions at Harvard, I have found the University to be a wonderful employer. It is a welcoming community of brilliant and interesting people at all levels, and it has afforded me growth and travel opportunities. I am a better rounded individual as a result of my employment there. The pay is competitive (or better) than other universities in Boston and the benefits package is fantastic. I would highly recommend working for Harvard.

    Cons

    I can think of no cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you!


  2. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    EXCELLENT PLACE TO PERFORM RESEAERCH

    Cons

    No Cones to mention about

  3. "PostDoc in Neuroscience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great environment, all kinds of most advanced talks and seminars, very diverse

    Cons

    Payment is not high enough for living in Boston.


  4. "Grad Student"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    High-profile faculty. Liberal and intellectual environment. Updated and well managed facilities. Very supportive staff. Motivated students to interact with.

    Cons

    Constantly comparing oneself to the high-profile faculty could also discourage normal grad students from pursuing the academic career path.


  5. "Well managed, good emphasis on safety"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    - You can count on your coworkers to be rescue ready. Monthly in-services are comprehensive and ensure that you and your coworkers are well-trained.

    - Free access to Harvard athletic facilities.

    - If you work enough hours you can take discount Harvard Extension courses.

    - Job sometimes offers you downtime to do homework.

    - Opportunities to get recertified as a lifeguard for free.

    Cons

    - Coworkers can be sloppy. If you're a responsible lifeguard, you'll probably spend a fair amount of time either picking up tasks for your coworkers or reminding them to pick them up.

    Advice to Management

    Do not ask me why when I tell you I can't work a shift. That is my own business. If I don't want it, I don't need to take it.


  6. "Staff Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by so many intelligent, passionate people
    Good hours

    Cons

    Not a lot of cross school communication
    Underpaid


  7. "Assistant Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, continuing education perks, good vacation time

    Cons

    Inflated salary grades, inconsistency across departments, decentralized

  8. "Researcher assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and benefits and great access.

    Cons

    High turnover and unpredictable tenure


  9. "research at Harvard"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, prestige, top-notch research facilities

    Cons

    Research is focused on publishing in top three journals and getting grants. It is very competitive in a negative way, encouraging superficial flashy topics over serious long-term projects. Employment is grant-dependent.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long-term potential of PIs and labs, rather than short-term publishing and grant goals


  10. "Pompous and Circumstance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, smart(est) coworkers and atmosphere, access to harvards libraries and resourses

    Cons

    Everyone is soooo smart and sooo rich and haven't you been to this Bourgeois new restaurant? Problem? Throw money at it!


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