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Harvard University Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 72 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the overall work environment is good (to great) depending on which school/department/tub you work for (in 101 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be difficult (in 39 reviews)

  • relatively low pay compared to industry (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Can be great, for the right job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work-life balance
    Can be a collaborative environment

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Working conditions, mentoring, and career development support vary widely depending on your unit and manager (very decentralized).

    Advice to Management

    Find better ways to recognize, retain, and support the growth of your strong contributors. Invest in operational efficiency (such as IT projects or Six Sigma type process/service assessments).


  2. "Not enough stipend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting events, good networking

    Cons

    Very low stipend for ScD students


  3. "director of research"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    smart people, benefits, convening power

    Cons

    decentralized, complex organization, moves slowly


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  5. "Great Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Really good benefits - including really cheap access to courses!

    Cons

    A lot of big egos and politics


  6. "Customer Service Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working, intelligent staff - great managers

    Cons

    Mission of Information Technology department could be made clearer to students (i.e. we are not MicroCenter)


  7. "Good work if you can get it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Evaluator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Evaluator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are mostly wonderful. Many are positive, collaborative, friendly, and intelligent, and interested in doing good work.

    Cons

    It is a very large institution, and has overlapping offices since it is so decentralized. It seems that this can make it a bit slow-moving in adjusting, in order to make improvements in process or clarifying goals.


  8. "PhD life in Harvard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Very good experience. The university had taken care of the students very well and paid pretty good.

    Cons

    The pay is not considered high. But since I am still a student, it is already okay.


  9. "great place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    smart creative people
    good work life balance
    great benefits

    Cons

    In the city
    It is a large place so mileage will vary based on the school or dept. you work for

    Advice to Management

    stay true to the mission


  10. "Research Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    The caliber of scholarship exceeds that of any other university setting I've been a part of and the academic resources are unparalleled.

    Cons

    Depending on the department it has a reputation for not being the friendliest of environments, and I've found some truth in that reputation. There is a fairly prevalent, "what's in it for me?" stance toward collaboration or mentorship. Be prepared to sell yourself and be a booster of your own work if you want to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    The more barriers can be broken down between schools and departments the better. This is as much a question of culture as it is about lowering logistical barriers.


  11. "PhD student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Fantastic community, they take good care of their students

    Cons

    Not that I can think of



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