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Harvard University Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
556 Reviews
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556 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 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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 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 (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.  

    Good place to work at any career level

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Challenging with room for professional growth

    Cons

    Some managers lack leadership/organizational skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Employee Training and Career Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    There are benefits that would be very useful for employee training and career development. The Tuition Assistant Program makes taking a Harvard Class affordable.

    Cons

    None that I know of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    It is a good university

    Cons

    Postdocs don't earn very much in general

  8.  

    Harvard postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Good benefits, good academics, nice city

    Cons

    expensive city, old housing, research takes time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    PostDoc in Computer Science

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very independent, great work environment, great colleagues

    Cons

    As everywhere in academia you work a lot. Not sure if that's a con of the job?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great Part Time Job for Students

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    Current Employee - Fung Library Circulation Desk in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Fung Library Circulation Desk in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    There is not much foot traffic so there is not much "work" to do, which leaves plenty of time for studying. It is a great part time job.

    Cons

    The questions you get can be very specific and often will never be asked again. Pay is less than some other on campus jobs, but you also can't do homework at most of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great opportunities

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

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Excellent way to be exposed to research

    Cons

    Hard to understand all the components of the lab

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on laboratory

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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