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Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
552 Reviews
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Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust
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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.  

    Awespo

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Good learning experience and good facilities

    Cons

    It's a challenge Job.we have work hard and dedicated hardwork leads to success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brink uncannily thinking cc gdbunk

  2.  

    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
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    Employee Training and Career Development

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    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great!

    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker

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

    Pros

    The university provided great opportunities for part time employment while I was a student at the College. I was treated well and paid competitively.

    Cons

    The organization is obviously large, which at times has its negatives. The coordination between departments could have been better, and wasn't explained to me even when it interfered with my job.

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    Great experience overall, but watch out for the politics

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director
    Former Employee - Assistant Director

    I worked at Harvard University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to incredible speakers, panels, and conferences
    Stable work environment with excellent benefits
    Wonderful, interesting co-workers

    Cons

    So much of one's experience at Harvard is based on where you work -- I had experience in two different offices, ending at the Alumni Association, and it could not have been more different. In some cases, leadership seems lacking and things can be pretty slow to change (and respond to modern technology). My best advice is to ask lots of questions when interviewing and to try to network around campus, getting a sense of other units that might be of interest in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Best years of my life.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Engaging work with truly passionate people. Fantastic benefits and work-life balance. Only 35 hour standard work week.

    Cons

    Salaries aren't fantastic, but they make up for it with all the other benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great work for an administrator if you're with a good department, have a great work ethic, and are a patient person.

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator, Middle Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator, Middle Manager in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Tuition assistance, health, dental, retirement, etc. for anyone who works 17.5 hours a week or more. Relatively easy to get promoted if you put in the work.

    Cons

    It depends on what department you work for. The more central the department, the greater the politics. Very hard to institute change here-- you must be in it for the long haul. You MUST be able to create a support network. Faculty members can be challenging to deal with. You MUST be able to build consensus and use informal authority or you will have very little impact. Central administration tends not to understand this, so they don't communicate enough and you have to be able to read between the lines to see what the priorities of central are.

    Very hard to get hired here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Central administration could do a better job of reaching out to departments and schools so that initiatives are as helpful to schools and departments as possible. Often, aspects of projects that would produce significant ROI in departments are sidelined because they would bring the project over budget at the central level. This is bad for the whole university, as well as the departments.

    Central could also do a better job of identifying, focusing, and communicating University priorities to staff as a whole. In this Harvard cannot do everything in this resource-constrained environment. Let people know why HU is investing in certain things and cut things that are not central to Harvard's mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Undergraduate Students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard University

    Pros

    High quality faculty
    High quality facilities
    Excellent peers and colleagues
    Lots of networking opportunities with future leaders.

    Cons

    Somewhat overly competitive
    Less focus on academics for most

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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