Great Place to Work, But...
Course Coordinator (Former Employee) – Cambridge, MA – September 25, 2017
There are a great variety of jobs one can have at Harvard University. There are 11 schools, each one with its own distinct and individual culture and personality. Within each school, office cultures and management can differ wildly.
I enjoyed the colleagues I worked with, and preferred the more intimate atmosphere of a smaller school. Although the general atmosphere is education-related, much of Harvard actually runs like a bureaucracy and a diploma-producing business, which can be frustrating if your values conflict with that mentality.
Managers do not have consistent training, so you can end up in either a negative situation or a positive one, depending on who the manager is. I would recommend to job seekers that they find out a bit about the office culture before making any kind of commitment.
Benefits are great -- pay is probably less than what one would make in business. There is a clerical and technical union, which is helpful for protecting your rights as a non-exempt employee.
Taking courses was a great benefit.
Inconsistent managerial training can make office culture difficult.