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Harvard University Reviews

Updated November 23, 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. "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


  2. "research at Harvard"

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    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

  3. "Pompous and Circumstance"

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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 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!


  4. "#1 Scientific Institution for Neurobiological Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great location, great people, great envionment

    Cons

    No cons to speak of at all.


  5. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great hours challenging work.

    Cons

    Cambridge makes it extremely difficult to drive in when the needed.


  6. "Harvard University"

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

    Pros

    Harvard is a reasonably well-managed university with serious ethical standards and a mostly well-functioning Human Resource system. There are also a lot of different professional opportunities, depending on your skills and interests, and an unusually good career ladder due to its size.

    Cons

    Harvard is set up to accommodate students and faculty first, and administrative staff second, so there is a constant tension between the needs of the different communities. The faculty and students take priority most of the time.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    Talented, dedicated people to work with.

    Cons

    The commute can be tricky.

  8. "Research at HSPH"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    academic networking, opportunities, collaborations, flexibility

    Cons

    onboarding, competition, fairness, team dynamics


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Good people, collaborative, great place to work

    Cons

    Really do not have any bad things to say.


  10. "Time as Employee cost and benefit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic community and many opportunities

    Cons

    Could be tough environment to adjust to


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