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Updated 25 September 2018
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  • "Highly competitive environment that can lead to pooor work/ life balance" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Does not account for cost of living" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Loved"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organisation was perfect and everyone was made to feel like they're a real part of the company. The on site cafe is the best part of working here.

    Cons

    The library _ this is my personal issue as I have OCD and find the books are not collated correctly. Nonetheless, I spent several hours each evening making sure it was perfect for our slaves.

    Advice to Management

    Just to remember where you came from


  2. "Wonderful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think this is so incredible to work for, inspiring environment and I can't wait to carry on

    Cons

    Next to no cons at all, maybe short breaks and that's all to be completely honest and Frank with you

    Advice to Management

    Carry on what you are doing, great management and I couldn't be happier with what you have done so far

  3. "Teacher of Italian"

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    Current Employee - MFL Teacher in London, England
    Current Employee - MFL Teacher in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I am a fully qualified, experienced, outgoing teacher with wide ability in teaching MFL. Preferred language Italian. Great ability to relate with students

    Cons

    I have no teaching experience abroad. This makes me feel frustrated. I would like to have the opportunity to interview and demonstrate my skills.

    Advice to Management

    I am strongly motivated, enthusiastic about new experiences. I would very much like to have a chance and confirm my abilities shortly


  4. "professor"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    take care of the employees


  5. "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. "it was very good and enjoying."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. "Good jobs if you can get it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, good atmosphere. Take a job here if you can get it.

    Cons

    none! I think there are problems with individuals everywhere, but you wont find a better place to work for overall.

  8. "A magical place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent collections, friendly staff, kind coworkers, laid-back atmosphere

    Cons

    Technologically backward, not enough hours, office politics


  9. "Competitive benefits and access to Academe/History/Prestige"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Such a rich environment to live and work within at Harvard. So many opportunities for growth and access to cultural events. Very competitive benefits for staff and felt very appreciated by the institution.

    Cons

    Some offices are not progressive thinking or willing to change.

    Advice to Management

    Management turnover can be energizing every 5 years or so.


  10. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a very good place to work and know new people.

    Cons

    But the living cost is very high and not affordable.


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