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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. "Manager of Financial Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance , great culture, big community

    Cons

    Old ways of doing things, slow, meetings about meetings

    Advice to Management

    create career opportunities


  2. "Golden handcalves"

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    • 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

    Great benefits, generally relaxed and friendly attitudes, often interesting work

    Cons

    Often can feel rather beurocratic

  3. "Great benefits, great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, generous vacation and holidays, accessible via MBTA and subsidized T passes

    Cons

    Parking is very expensive if needing to commute via car


  4. "Not a very interesting place to work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues
    Great manager
    Paid time off
    Location
    No travel

    Cons

    Boring
    Bureaucratic
    Not innovative, but preaches innovation

    Advice to Management

    Cut staff in 1/2 and focus employees to work on value-added projects.


  5. "Graduate Student Researcher/Teaching Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Harvard is a premiere global research university, and as a graduate student you have access to all the resources this entails. A great library system, the world's leading experts in almost every field you can think of, competitive pay and benefits, and a network of alumni--in these respects, Harvard, in my experience, is all that one would hope.

    Cons

    Many of the downsides of being a graduate student at Harvard are not unique to Harvard but are more symptomatic of the position. The apprentice/employee status and the university's general disapproval of unions means that while benefits and compensation will be among the best in the business, there is no uniformity across (and sometimes within) departments and programs.


  6. "Research Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    - high performance
    - a significant amount of resources
    - talented people

    Cons

    - long working hour
    - competitive environments
    - difficult to collaborate


  7. "PM"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Stuck in the past, very traditional.

  8. "Scientist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Nice and free, more choice

    Cons

    Too too Busy and busy


  9. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Student life is good. Many opportunities.

    Cons

    More than occasionally soul-sucking. Seriously.


  10. "Good but could pay better"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Prestigious
    good career development opportunities

    Cons

    Pay can be better
    People can be proud


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