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Harvard University Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
533 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
  2.  

    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.  

    Silver handcuffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, lots of time off, high pay relative to other higher ed and not-for-profit sector employers

    Cons

    Slow progression, lots of bureaucracy, low pay relative to private sector employers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for motivated individuals to climb quickly and reward top performers with more bonuses and merit-based salary increases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Boring but Well Paid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Low stress
    - Great Benefits
    - Probably the best pay in higher ed

    Cons

    - Too low stress (nothing happens)
    - The people are a little cold
    - You can work your way into a dead end quickly
    - Advancement opportunities run low after a while

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great working environment

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

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

    Pros

    You work at your own pace, with no deadlines to worry about. They are very supportive and care deeply about your welfare.

    Cons

    I am very happy with the Center. It's a pressure-free environment. One's level of productivity is dependent on one's personal goal and motivation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great benefits, but office politics might make or break you

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    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

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

    Pros

    Most employees are very dedicated and committed to their work. The benefits are excellent. Plenty of vacation days. Great reputation.

    Cons

    Office politics play a major role in whether an employee gets ahead or is encouraged not to stay on. (Severance packages as an "exit strategy" are not uncommon.) High turnover rate in some (but certainly not all) departments. Each school within the university is its own fiefdom (has its own administrative team, has its own work culture, and sets its own policies, to a great extent). A job at one school is not necessarily a foot in the door to another job there, or another job at any of the other schools. Administrative salaries tend to be lower than the industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No point in writing anything here, since management wouldn't care.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very Diversified Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard University part-time

    Pros

    The University is decentralized so your work experience will be different depending on dept and manager/director. I had a great and supportive manger. I was able to work from home when needed because my work can be done remotely and on a laptop.

    Cons

    The University is decentralized so your work experience will be different depending on dept and manager/director. No communication from the director, we did not know our mission and the status of our business was never shared with the staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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