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Hard working individual focused on client service
Harvard Kennedy School Exec Ed-Finance Assistant I (Current Employee), Cambridge, MAAugust 27, 2014
Pros: great work environment, great beneifts
I invoice and collect current and outstanding tuitions. I respond daily to e-mails, phone calls, faxes, and in person inquires. I maintain clear and accurate client records. I enjoy the variety of clients that I interact with on a daily basis.
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Interesting and stimulating place to work
Program Manager (Current Employee), Boston, MAAugust 27, 2014
Pros: great benefits
Incredible exposure
Intelligent colleagues
Range of interesting opportunities
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fun, resourceful and productive work place
Laboratory Research Staff (Former Employee), Cambridge, MAAugust 25, 2014
Pros: weekly physics seminar, free lunch
enjoyed flexible hours, great colleague scientists always ready to contribute to diverse projects.
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Productive and fun place to work
System Administrator II (Current Employee), Boston, MAAugust 20, 2014
Great balance between work and personal life. Laid back and lots opportunities to learn new skills.
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Fast pace work environment
Operations Intern (Current Employee), Cambridge, MAAugust 12, 2014
The summer at Harvard's Graduate School of Education is pretty hectic. From May to August we plan and organize over 20 programs, where people from all over the world come to share ideas and study on how to improve education.
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Independent work and flexibility
Research Assistant (Former Employee), Boston, MAAugust 2, 2014
Nice workplace, flexibility for sick/vacation days, most of the the research work I did was independent and I was given a good range of topics.
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Enjoyable workplace
Coordinator, Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) (Current Employee), Boston, MAJuly 24, 2014
I enjoy working at Harvard and in higher education in general.
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Consultant Analyst
Bioinformatician (Current Employee), Boston, MAJuly 22, 2014
Following 4-8 projects by performing data analysis on different omics data.
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Good school
Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee), Cambridge, MAJuly 16, 2014
Pros: good health insurance
Top tier school.

Nice location, although housing in Boston is too expensive for postdocs
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Really variable experience- depending on school, department, etc.
Program Manager (Current Employee), Cambridge, MAJuly 13, 2014
Pros: great benefits, interesting atmosphere, generally good people
Cons: competitive, can lead to burnout, sometimes management is terrible
Culture:
Generally people go out of their way to be helpful and nice around Harvard- not what I first expected. That said, there is certainly a contingent of folks who zero in on any perceived weaknesses and aren't shy about it.
Since Harvard is very decentralized; the various schools, departments, etc. can have very different ways of doing things and – more... social cultures. Almost everyone is a tad competitive, and high expectations can often lead to burnout. HR and benefits, etc. are very proactive and helpful in these subjects though, and will help employees to work through any issues they may have. Some places are relaxed and fun, others are a grind, but many folks find balance between work and other life distractions, of which Harvard is overflowing.

Best aspects:
There is also a wonderful array of wellness and health opportunities and the benefits offered at large are fantastic. In addition to great health care, professional development, and discounted tickets, etc. one never knows who you might meet. So many interesting things are occurring on every corner of campus at any given time, that there is an added layer of "goings on" beyond the public and private programs. I've seen Oprah, Al Gore (twice), and can now count Nobel Prize winners as friends. If you enjoy thoughtful conversation and innovative ideas, it's never far from reach here, or in Cambridge in general. – less
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Diverse and Exciting Place to Work
Assistant Director, Sponsored Research (Current Employee), Cambridge, MAJuly 9, 2014
I really enjoyed working with a great group of people who are very collaborative and work together to solve problems.
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Intellectual place to work
Specialist (Current Employee), Cambridge, MAJuly 8, 2014
Pros: tuition assistant program for employees
Cons: little room for advancement within departments
Harvard provides access to many amazing educational opportunities and benefits for employees, however overall it can be a bureaucratic environment and it takes time to create change within a department.
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Highly competitive environment
Research Fellow (Current Employee), Boston, MAJuly 2, 2014
Very competitive environment. Hard work. High motivation required.
Typically Physiologist are required to have great basic knowledge and open mind.
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Research Assistant
Research Assistant II (Former Employee), Southborough, MAJuly 1, 2014
Terrible work environment - the best thing that ever happened to me was them shutting down the NEPRC. It was very clear the professors and the higher ups stopped caring about the center and its research. I would NEVER work for Harvard again.
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Absorbing and rewarding teaching with supportive colleagues and gifted hard-working students
Preceptor in Russian (Former Employee), Cambridge, MAJune 28, 2014
Pros: great benefits, free lunch with course meetings
Cons: no job security at preceptorial rank, mediocre salary
A language teacher starts the day by teaching his/her classes followed by course meetings with colleagues and novice teachers, then going home to correct student homework, compositions, quizzes, etc. and prepare lesson plans for the next-day classes.

A great place to be!
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Productive and exciting place to work and learn.
Customer Support Intern (Former Employee), Boston, MAJune 24, 2014
Technology Support Services provides exceptional customer service to staff and faculty members across the Harvard Business School campus. It is a great working environment as well as a great learning environment. You are not expected to know everything but you are expected to ask questions when you don't know the answer!
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Train select members of the Harvard Karate Club for competitive tournament play.
JKA KARATE INSTRUCTOR (Current Employee), Cambridge, MAJune 17, 2014
Create and execute instruction per program goals.
The cultural diversity and the stimulating environment is a big support that I receive from my students.
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Great benefits
Royalties Coordinator (Current Employee), Cambridge, MAJune 14, 2014
Working at Harvard provides great benefits. Good vacation time, sick time, and personal time. You can also take classes at the Extension School for very little money
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Good Enough
Project Manager (Current Employee), MAJune 5, 2014
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Awesome place to work and do reserach
Postdoctoral fellow (Former Employee), CambridgeMay 26, 2014
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