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Harvard University Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
527 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For administrative positions, the work/life balance is decent because staff are unionized (in 47 reviews)

  • Lots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out (in 18 reviews)

  • low pay, ceiling/plateau for researchers, no clear path for researches in public health, isolating environment (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, strong union and family friendly. Lots of opportunities for different experiences.
    Love the Center for Wellness

    Cons

    Hard to move up in own department because people never leave. Been here several years and have worked my butt off but still not awards even though I have gone above and beyond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that everyone gets a chance to get the big awards and not repeat winners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    professor

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in London, England

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it was good experience but it was stressful

    Cons

    it was very stressful. colleagues were not very goodand I hate teaching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    it was very good and enjoying.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it is one of the world"s best universities.

    Cons

    no there are no downsides in my opinion!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be very sympathetic and kind to all in order to encourage the rest of followers!!!!!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Brilliant environment of some of the best faculty and students.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many fields contributing to cutting edge research, a community of thinkers and leading researchers in their respective fields. In terms of personal growth, there are opportunities to find meaningful mentors and a work community.

    Cons

    This is a very competitive institution, and the expected work hours can be long and unyielding. Finding a work-life balance can be tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the current procedures for promotion and the social structure of the work, ie meeting times in the evenings and many conferences on weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The research environment here is excellent!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Many good lectures and seminars!

    Cons

    Since you are graduate student, there will be no other sources of extra income.

    Recommends
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    Great place to be a graduate student

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    One thing that sets Harvard apart is that world renowned scientists, politicians, and leaders come to campus to give talks all the time! The culture in each lab varies a lot and changes as graduate students and postdocs come and go.

    Cons

    The professors travel a lot and are really, really busy with teaching and other obligations. I hope my next boss is more available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work and collaborate...busy!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always interesting and stimulating to talks to attend-- most often about topics of great relevance to todays challenges. Students, staff and faculty are more approachable and friendly than you would assume.

    Cons

    A lot is expected from you. There is a culture of always "being busy" or "looking busy" that sometimes I wonder how productive people really are, or how much are they really contributing.

    Positive Outlook
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    Post-Doc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Great research environment. Very smart and kind people across the board driven to produce excellence in their field.

    Cons

    long hours, low pay. Lot of red tape when trying to get permission for access to certain departments.

  10.  

    Positive environment, very supportive

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, very intelligent and helpful people, great name, job is always very interesting and intellectually challenging.

    Cons

    compensation is not too good and there are too few benefits and coverage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Harvard University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very smart people, very interesting research, opportunities to meet brilliant people

    Cons

    Long hours, a great deal of bureaucracy, lots of paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on getting students published.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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