Harvard University
3.9 of 5 426 reviews
www.harvard.edu Cambridge, MA 5000+ Employees

Harvard University Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.9 426 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

(195 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
426 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "25 gym membership), work life balance and higher salaries than most universities"
    in 41 reviews
  • "Lots of smart colleagues and profs, lots of great material to write about, great benefits"
    in 44 reviews
Cons:
  • "bad work/life balance, low pay, minimal training unless actively sought out"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Very competitive environment and sometimes it is hard to cope with the pace of studying and working"
    in 10 reviews
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The best and brightest

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Harvard University

ProsThe drive for science is incredible

ConsPeople are underpaid for their intelligence level.

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Benefits, benefits, benefits

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Harvard University full-time

ProsHarvard University's benefits are unparalleled. Full access to their facilities--including their libraries, gyms, and museums--makes any employee feel like a part of the academic experience, like a golden ticket has been handed to you. Growth (particularly academic growth) is encouraged, and many partake in their generous tuition remission program, which covers both Harvard courses AND non-Harvard courses. If you're looking to add a master's or professional certificate to your repertoire, there's no better place to be. Colleagues are intelligent, supportive, and motivated.

ConsGiven their emphasis on achievement and higher learning, it may be difficult to advance (into some roles) without a master's degree.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best place for research

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Harvard University

Proslocation is great, flexibility of time, smart people

Conscompetitive, stressful, low salary, requires high level of independence

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe salary and benefits are competitive, and everything is taken care of efficiently. There is also plenty of room for engagement (academic and otherwise) in areas other than your specialty, since the school excels in every area.

ConsThe weather sucks. Public transportation is OK, but there are lots of place in Cambridge that are nice and not too accessible by public transportation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Harvard University Student Dorm Crew

Dorm Crew (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

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

ProsBest paying job on campus, easy to apply for, schedule your own hours, easy to fit in minimum hours per week, get a raise every consecutive semester you work.

ConsCleaning bathrooms is not exactly fun, some captains are more strict about cleaning than others which depending on your work style can affect your experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Professional staff

Library Professional (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 8 years

ProsOutstanding benefits, some very innovative individuals and departments. It's an inspiring, intellectually stimulating environment with great promise for staff. In the ten years I worked there, the professed ideals always inspired me.

ConsIneffective and unchecked middle-management. The university's exceptional ideals vary wildly within schools. Ability to take advantage of opportunities is dependent upon immediate supervisor's decision. One's immediate supervisor can effectively ignore the professed cultural standards for work life balance and institute a factory-like feel. That the majority of staff are happy and fulfilled make one's situation with a poor manager stand out all the more.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnact 360 reviews across the board--especially for middle management who become promoted often due to years of service or technical skill but who have no managerial training.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic Work Environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Harvard University

ProsAwesome all of the staff are enthusiastic

ConsSmall offices with low pay

Advice to Senior ManagementMore offices

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Tour Guide for Information Center: Loved Every Minute

Tour Guide, Info Center Staff (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I worked at Harvard University part-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Outstanding and fun people to work with.
-Interaction with hundreds of tourists
-Giving tours was always fun.

ConsThere are no real cons. Sometimes the Information Center would become very busy, but that was an interesting challenge

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A pretty cool place to be!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

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

ProsAlways something interesting going on, and lots of training opportunities.

ConsNo educational benefits for dependents; some financial risk with term positions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An excellent University to conduct research

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsBeautiful campus, endless resources available

ConsWork-life balance, obtaining additional funding opportunities can be challenging

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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