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Harvard University Reviews

Updated Jan 16, 2020

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Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow
Lawrence S. Bacow
53 Ratings
  1. "Staff Assistant V"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Harvard University offers great benefits and good working environment.

    Cons

    The hiring process can be longer than the private sector. The pay is lower than the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation

    Harvard University2017-08-14
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good work life balance. Excellent community. Very strong senior leadership. Many opportunities for movement across the university.

    Cons

    Compensation is very low in comparison to industry and based off seniority as opposed to merit. Too many people coasting to retirement. Does not embrace innovation enough to be considered relevant outside of Higher Education.

    Harvard University2017-07-05
  3. "Technology Specialist"

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

    I worked at Harvard University full-time for 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.

    Harvard University2017-06-21
  4. "Cambridge, MA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great teams and flexibility.

    Cons

    lots of politics & stress; sometimes gets in the way.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employee strengths and help develop them

    Harvard University2017-06-30
  5. "You get out what you put in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits: Tuition assistance, access to people, training, general resources/benefits

    Cons

    Pay isn't at the level of the private sector. Becoming more corporate.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to be modeling your organization like the private sector, then you have to be willing to pay private sector salaries in order to keep good talent. Also, the career paths, though highly touted, are non-existent.

    Harvard University2017-06-29
  6. "Postdoc at Harvard"

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

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for 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.

    Harvard University2017-06-13
  7. "Best place to work in higher ed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I love working at Harvard because you know on a daily basis that you're seeing the best of the best. Each department is the best in its class, the students are the best in the world, and the staff are the best in their fields. Plus it has the best pay out of all the colleges/universities in the area and great benefits. I've spent 6 years here and I wouldn't leave unless I moved out of the region.

    Cons

    It can be hard to get things done quickly with so many layers of approval at each stage of a project, but on the flip side, deadlines are flexible because everyone expects this (perhaps it's a vicious cycle?).

    Harvard University2017-06-14
  8. "Experience may vary"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits; smart, dedicated co-workers; good brand for your resume.

    Cons

    In faculty-driven programs, employee experience is highly dependent upon the faculty's proclivities.

    Harvard University2017-06-28
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow professionally"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits! Good Health Coverage. Crazy amounts of days off, and sick time. Tuition Assistance for Education. Academic pace

    Cons

    Yearly increases are less than the rate of inflation for "strong performers". Depending on the role, upwards mobility might not be an option. Lots of red(crimson)-tape to get anything done.

    Harvard University2017-06-23
  10. "Application Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, Agile work environment helps employees build on the big picture.

    Cons

    No mentionable cons; trivial cons at best.

    Harvard University2017-06-09
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