Harvard University Reviews

Updated 13 Jan 2021

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Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow
Lawrence S. Bacow
118 Ratings
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  • "Poor work-life balance if you get the wrong advisor(in 61 reviews)

  • "Low pay with a poor life/work balance(in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Great Work -- Excellent Mentors"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    You learn a lot while you do your work.

    Cons

    You are constantly working all the time.

  2. "A Good Place to Do Research"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Scholar in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Harvard University has the best academic environment and many opportunities.

    Cons

    The living expense is too high


  3. "Good"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent library privileges at Widener

    Cons

    Lost job due to pandemic

  4. "Coordinator position (union)"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Overtime opportunities may be limited to budget allocations.

  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Director of Development in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Great people, work, and benefits

    Cons

    Large organization can be difficult to navigate

  6. "Excellent Place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place for research on the medical field

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about it and it is a good place to work in the lab

  7. "Good place to work!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employers are good. Good work environment and provides lots of opportunities to develops professionally. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    There are no downsides to mention.

  8. "Great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Harvard University full-time

    Pros

    Research, teaching, great colleagues, resources

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  9. "Amazing place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture, the people, the overall environment. It's truly an amazing and unique place to work.

    Cons

    Unlike other jobs and companies I've worked for, I can't come up with any cons for working here.

  10. "Great community, great people"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Working as a graduate research assistant gave me a wonderful opportunity to delve into different research methods and become more involved in the broader Harvard community.

    Cons

    Due to the pandemic, I was unable to do in-person presentations and get face-to-face interactions with my superiors as I would have preferred.

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