Harvard University Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
479 Reviews

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479 Reviews
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For administrative positions, the work/life balance is decent because staff are unionized (in 44 reviews)

  • Lots of freedom, interesting work, great benefits, unbelievable resources (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out (in 14 reviews)

  • low pay, ceiling/plateau for researchers, no clear path for researches in public health, isolating environment (in 13 reviews)

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Employee 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 for 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 for more than a 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 for more than a 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.  

    Harvard has been a great place for me to start my career

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

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

    Pros

    health care, special benefits, PTO, internal development, retirement, work/life balance, location, training

    Cons

    salary, limited budget, bureaucracy, space issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more competitive salaries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Experience

    Current Employee - Student Computing Technician  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Computing Technician in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Best Job on Campus
    Laid Back
    Great Opportunity to Learn

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets a little disorganized
    Competitive School

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Great Atmosphere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great School

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

    I have been working at Harvard University as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome resources. You can do pretty much anything if you can write a convincing statement why you want to do it.

    Cons

    Although there are boundless resources, there are also pockets were the offerings are weak or inexistent (such as certain things in the arts)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    World-class personnel and resources housed in a profit machine

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Harvard is extremely good at staffing itself with talented, hard-working, supremely competent people who take pride in that they do. The healthcare plan is excellent, as are many "perk"-like benefits that are a bit hidden, but great once you know where they are. (Check out Innings & Outings)

    Cons

    The university itself can feel a bit like a meat-grinder. Also, make no mistake, if there are pennies that can be wrung from you, Harvard will wring you dry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    top environment for innovations and work with intelligent colleagues.

    Cons

    poor work life balance, low income, stressful competitation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have a great English supercomputing boss.

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    Current Employee - Research Computing Specialist  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Computing Specialist in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    I have a rugged looking Englishman as a boss. He laughs a lot and uses strange slang from something called 'Blighty'. Adds a great atmosphere around the computing lab.
    He lets me toy around with a lot of hardware putting it in racks. The lights blink a lot and that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

    Cons

    I believe I've been told I've been going pear-shaped. I thought this was an insult on my hips but I think it has something to do with his slang terms.
    Even though he laughs a lot he looks like firemarshall Bill from In Living Color when he does that.

    The UPS system makes funny sounds and sometimes smells like battery acid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you should consider cloud computing approaches or maybe something with hadoop.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A valuable experience where I was able to pick up job training.

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

    I worked at Harvard University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very professional attitudes when in the work place. I felt as if my performance was noted. If I had stayed on, I feel as if I could have easily transitioned to more roles.

    Cons

    Payroll was not properly integrated, and it took weeks for changes to be made. Luckily I had other sources of income.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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