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Too much cronism
Administrator/Project Manager/Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MASeptember 27, 2016
Harvard Law culture is based on cronisn/favoritism. Difficult if not picked up by one of the managers for favors for advancement. This makes disunity aming staff.

It has excellent benefits and work life balance.
Pros
Very flexible work environment, excellent benefits.
Cons
Much cronism in Harvard Law School only where I worked.
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Respectful, Insightful and Fun environment
Instructional Designer (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAFebruary 10, 2017
I found the work atmosphere to be a very mutually respectful one, with insightful and fun activities to break up the work week. Good overall tone and support from management.
Pros
Work/life balance
Cons
Salary
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Working with students and helping them refine their writing skills and discover their artistic voices
Workshop Instructor (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAJanuary 3, 2017
A typical day of work involves reading materials that have been submitted to me such as screenplays, television pilots, short stories, manuscripts and novels (fiction and non-fiction), and providing written and oral feedback. Days also include: telephone calls with students and clients, discussing their material and ways to advance and improve their projects, calls with industry professionals such as agents, producers, studio, network and cable company executives.

I am always learning from my colleagues new creative insights that improve my skills in providing students and clients with feedback about their work.

I'm managing assistants and interns and working with industry colleagues, including producers, agents, movie and television executives to attach actors and directors to material.

The hardest part of my job is constantly figuring out ways to make projects so they stand out in a highly competitive marketplace.

The most enjoyable part of my job is the discovery of new talent, and helping writers make great strides in elevating their work.
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Lack of change
Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAMay 20, 2016
The ability to make improvements or changes at Harvard University is painstakingly slow and management is unwilling to dive into them because they do not want to be held responsible when things don't work out.

The job will always be a secure one while being in the union and the pay will be on par with other companies. The benefits are great if you use them but don't expect much advancement unless you are good with politics and plan to work past the normal hours of business.

The best way to advance is to move between different schools as promoting within is not as common. Many employees have left for better jobs to come back at a higher position.
Pros
Fair pay, great benefits, great location
Cons
Expensive parking, hypocritical management, horrible politics
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Glamour, Prestige, and lifetime opportunity..so i thought
SAS Programmer I (Former Employee) –  Boston, MAJuly 16, 2016
Outside of the exciting orientation and description of "comprehensive benefit package", a typical workday includes awkwardly sharing an office with a member of another work assignment.

Co-workers are all introverted and everyone's door is typically closed.

Learned advanced SAS programming, standardization, SAS/STAT, data modeling, UNIX ssh scripts. Outdated, ancient UNIX environment.

Hardest part of job is not falling asleep, communication with management, and what management expectations are.

Most enjoyable part was learning intermediate UNIX skills and further SAS programming; statistical modeling.
Pros
Prestigious job (eye candy on resume), some good benefits, 35 hr work week, take practically free courses
Cons
Horrible communication, MS Outlook, Active Directory considered new tech, Probationary period unfair, unrealistic, expected to take no time off 90 days
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Secure and compensated
Faculty Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAAugust 8, 2016
There is a great sense of teamwork and camaraderie amongst all my co-workers and faculty members which makes this environment a wonderful place to work. There is also a great sense of job security. I feel now that I would enjoy employment closer to home.
Pros
Benefits, co-workers, security
Cons
Location, Location, Location
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Great environment
Agreement Administrator (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MASeptember 27, 2016
It's a great place to work. Every department has their own work culture. The benefits are amazing. Medical and dental are the best here.
Gym membership is $20 for the year.
Pros
people and benefits
Cons
traffic
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Great place to work
Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MANovember 1, 2016
Stimulating on a daily basis. Good benefits and work environment. Plenty of opportunity to pursue intellectual interests and pursue opportunities on and off campus.
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Could be great if management actually "walked the talk!"
Senior Director Consumer Marketing (Former Employee) –  Watertown, MAAugust 8, 2016
The hardest part of working at Harvard is the false civility that many in upper management pretend to have towards employees, while they are actually treating people like playing pieces in a game. The lack of authenticity and real decency from managers is staggering, while at the same time they purport to be the gurus of business management!
Pros
Salaries and bonuses are great. Many smart, good people and the work itself is excellent.
Cons
No ability to move up unless you act like a good girl or boy and don't make waves. Very cliquey.
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Pure stress and pressure with no positive feedback.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAFebruary 21, 2017
I had a bad experience. Post-Doc advisor is a horrible human being. There are certainly great things about Harvard, but my WORK experience was simply awful. I felt like the life was being sucked out of me by a vampire. Pretty much everyone who left the group had developed either severe imposter syndrom, depression, panic attacks and anxiety, or even physical problems such as stomach ulcers.
There really isnt anything positive to say about my work experience, but obviously Harvard is a big place, so take this with a grain of salt.
Pros
somehow flexible work hours, good name
Cons
Ego- and soul-crushing advisor.
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good environment
Teacher at Soldiers Field Park Children's Center (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAFebruary 6, 2017
good environment
good balance
low pay
nice people
good hours
love my job
nice health insurance
annual salary very low
overall a good place to work
includes dental
Pros
free lunch, healthcare, dental care, good hours
Cons
low salary
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Strong consensus building culture
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAApril 18, 2016
I am currently an Executive Assistant to the Executive Dean and Chief Financial Officer at Harvard Medical School. At HMS, I work with a fantastic team and have been able to see the benefits of a strong consensus building culture.
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Short shifts, friendly staff, and great way to stay in shape and keep up with skills
Deck Supervisor, Lifeguard (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAAugust 9, 2016
Lifeguarding at Harvard was great! There were two pools and many shifts to take. The online system of myworkschedule.com made it easy to trade shifts with others.

Overall, it was a great experience!
Pros
Short shifts if desired, able to work nights, nice atmosphere, possibility for benefits in future
Cons
Max of 17.5 hours a week as a part time worker, no benefits as part time worker
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Great Place to Work
Legal Contractor (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MADecember 1, 2016
Encouragement from management, opportunities for growth across the University. Great people, open and accepting atmosphere.
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Culture of excellence
Faculty Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAJuly 12, 2016
Harvard has a culture of excellence that persists among its faculty, staff, and students. They are committed to thoroughly reviewing every major decision, with an eye to the long-term development of the university. Staff have access to ample learning opportunities and are valued as part of the team. It's hard to define a "typical" day, since being open to innovation and new challenges means that tasks change frequently, but everyone comes to the challenge with an open attitude.
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Productive and fun
Information Technology (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAOctober 24, 2016
Everything is very excellent, The time management is a "must have".
Everyone is very helpful and respectful. I personally do Scheduling and reporting, Beyond basic desktop applications ect.
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The school and its libraries are key-source in Near East and Central Asia art and architecture study
Researcher (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAOctober 3, 2016
The institution is the oldest and largest devoted to the study and preservation of the records of the human past. The featured courses are stunning settings to learn the key skills of art-historical and image-based investigation. Through books and visual sources they reveal the meaning of architectural works and artifacts in their historical and geographical realms. The institution is an exciting place to grow professionally, to outline scientific questions in depth, and to propose better solutions for their solving.
Pros
Enjoyable discussions
Cons
Short breaks
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Perfect for a curious self-starter
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAAugust 15, 2016
The Research Associate position at HBS is great for someone who loves the spirit of an academic culture, who is not personally ready for or interested in pursuing a traditional path via the Ph.D. It is endlessly interesting, but the quality of your experience will largely depend on the Professor(s) with whom you work.
Pros
Resources
Cons
Can be lonely
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My first IT Contract
Customer Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Boston, MAFebruary 21, 2017
Started at HBS as a YearUp Inc Intern for the first six months. They were so pleased with me they offered my a part time contract that would start immediately after graduating from the Year up program. It it wasn't for the cut backs they had, I would still love to work for them today.
Pros
Everything
Cons
No Cons
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Assistant Manager Residential Dinning
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MAMay 14, 2016
Although the university offers great benefits. The work life balance is not inclusive of working in dining services. For new hires work hours typically include all evening shifts and it is hard to work your way up to mornings.
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