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Harvard College Sucks. Harvard College is the undergraduate college of Harvard University, an Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1636, Harvard College is the original school of Harvard University, which is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. Part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard College is Harvard University's traditional undergraduate program, offering AB and SB degrees. It is highly selective, with fewer than five percent of applicants being offered admission in recent years. Harvard College students participate in more than 450 extracurricular organizations and nearly all live on campus—first-year students in or near Harvard Yard, and upperclassmen in community-oriented "houses."

The Yale Daily News published an article on Harvard's reputation. The writer said, "The Crimson, Harvard University’s poor attempt at a college daily, released a poll of students, faculty and alumni, which found that Harvard is a shit show of an academic institution. The poll, which addressed the growing success of dropouts, recent meme culture and last year’s loss at The Game, revealed that 94.8 percent of people affiliated with the Massachusetts-renowned university think that it is absolute trash, while the remaining 5.2 percent think that it’s at least better than Dartmouth."

“We weren’t even a little shocked,” said Crimson President Derek Choi. “Everyone in the office thinks we suck; hell, I wanted to go to Stanford. [Managing Editor] Andrew [Duchren] got wait-listed by Yale. No one actually wants to study at Harvard, if you would even call our lackluster classes ‘studying.’”

He reiterated, "The poll, a desperate, grandiose attempt at uniting the self-loathing students and faculty, also showed that Choi is one of many people affiliated with the university who never wanted to be at Harvard for a fucking second. Students complained most about the young, inexperienced professors, while professors complained most about the amount of students who obviously bought their way in. Furthermore, alumni did not recollect their time at the northeast-elitist day-care center fondly. In an interview about the survey, Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard dropout and founder of the social media mogul Facebook confirmed that his hatred for the university and constant agony while enrolled spurred on his technological innovations."

“I tried so hard to get expelled with that sexist female-ranking app, and those bigoted Harvard deans didn’t even give a shit! Creating an international, publicly traded social media platform was the only way to escape that hellhole,” said Zuckerberg.

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Temporary Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Disorganized office, did not give advance warning of changing assignments. Didn't have any rapport with workers. Poor pay and no benefits. Would not recommend working there."

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee) says

"The department has current financial problems and trying to sell the entire hospital for $185M, in attempt to get higher insurance pay rate. The management is the main problem and as a result, there is only power and abuse, zero motivation, nor inspiration. Hope the new owners will run a better business."

See resume (Former Employee) says

"Managing faculty workloads and finances. Cons: Relatively isolated work environment"

Escort messengers (Former Employee) says

"mailroom work all day . management is no good,workers ok.hardest part was to keep busy , enjoyable part was the job location Cons: lowest pay"

LEAD SUPERVISOR (Former Employee) says

"straight up black and white at Huds.. pure racism. they are only supporting the portugese workers. everyone else is trash. they do not value their employees if you are off colored background."

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee) says

"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. Cons: Ego- and soul-crushing advisor."

Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"the culture/environment is not a healthy one - the people who are successful as staff for the most part spend most of their time gaming the system - there's a glut of middle management who seem to spend a lot of time not doing much - if you have a people focused manager, it can be a nice place to work - sadly, the majority of managers seem to be pretty insecure, but also have inflated egos, which makes for a pretty unpleasant mix for staff Cons: overall, management does not respect staff"

Commercial Real Estate Leasing. (Former Employee) says

"Took the position during the great recession...any port in a storm. Cons: Lousy boss"

Relationship Manager (Former Employee) says

"Please remember that Boston and Cambridge are very expensive to live. It is not worth moving to pay high rent in a place that does not respect innovation and change."

HVAC Technician/boiler Mechanic (Former Employee) says

"Loads of stress in the FMO dept. Director all the way down. You will dread going in to work! Everyone is always in a bad mood. Combative,hostile, and stressful place to work! Very cut throat for no reason at all!! terrible atmosphere!! Stay away if your a happy productive person. That place will ruin you!! I promise. Cons: Your facility supervisors will NOT support you !! The worst Supervisors in the world at Harvard"

Financial Administrator (Former Employee) says

"While HU may be a good place to work for some people, each school is run differently. You need to play by their rules. They are very controlling and you have no recourse. Cons: they smile but watch the knife in your back"

Visitor Experience Associate (Current Employee) says

"This job is a good line on your resume. It is, however, soul-crushingly boring. I love art and was excited to be able to work in an art museum, but after five months working there I was losing my mind. You will do little more than stand in the same corner of a room all day long"

Operations Manager (Former Employee) says

"Benefits aren't great compared to healthcare/biotech in the area. Health benefits have been revamped with high deductibles, you can definitely do much better elsewhere. Great work life balance, there is about a 4 hour window (10-2) when you can schedule meetings and have all likely to attend (if they are willing move their lunch break - a big if). Overall, it is difficult to get things done, but no one really cares, unless you complain - don't rock the boat. So keep quiet, say you emailed the person about x, and enjoy the lack of work. It does make for a long day, even if it is short (work-life balance). Cons: too many to list"

Manager (Former Employee) says

"Harvard has a culture that is like the caste system. The top management is arrogant and untrustworthy. Cons: untrustworthy management"

Building Assistant (Former Employee) says

"The management's are very poor and treating employee bad also races most especially the facility management are the most bad departments which the HR know about this and nothing is done to it plus the union are so weak just taking money and not helping employee in time of issue.is the worst place l've ever work in my life"

Senior Director (Current Employee) says

"Focus is completely on the students and faculty, leaving staff with terrible managers who micro-manage every single issue. Good pay, but not worth the stress."

Master's Residence Assistant (Current Employee) says

"I've worked in two departments at Harvard University and the management in both has been terrible. Find somewhere else to work! Cons: Treated like a slave, horrible, disrespectful management"

Coordinator (Current Employee) says

"FAS HR and leadership have a toxic relationship with the union and union employees and an extremely cozy relationship with each other. There is zero transparency between management and the union employees within my department. There are numerous avenues to share confidential complaints like through the union, the ombudsman office, or the confidential hotline but all end with HR and FAS HR has a strong reputation of being anti-employee. It’s a miserable situation but I’m hopeful it may improve with the mass-exudes of many in leadership that accepted a generous retirement package. FAS is in desperate need of new leadership! Cons: Leadership and HR"

Information Processing Supervisor (Former Employee) says

"After 28 years I retired due to an unmanageable situation with a new Tech Manager who was allowed to bully me to a point of no return up until 24 years had no problem, he affected not only my work life but my personal life and ruined my career."

Instructor (affiliated junior faculty appointment) says

"It is better and more efficient to skip post doctoral training all together or to do it in a pharmaceutical company and get industry experience in the process. Post doctoral training in the academia are not as competitive as they used to be. The dream of academic position is most likely a delusion and wont happen!"

Former Employee - Proctor says

"I worked at Harvard University part-time for less than a year Cons: Mean administrators, responsible for rule breaking behaviors of all students, expect to be recalled from your other job at any time and accused of violating employee agreements with little or no evidence."

Former Employee - Research Assistant says

"I worked at Harvard University full-time Cons: The culture is competitive and there is very little emphasis on development of early stage researchers."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than a year Cons: Title XI is there only to cover for the university in cases of harassment or discrimination. Extremely toxic environment, and antiquated politics."

Current Employee - Staff Assistant III says

"I have been working at Harvard University full-time for less than a year Cons: Little to no training. Emphasis on decentralization results in complete lack of oversight, community, and compassion. Extremely high expectations of self-driven work, with no motivation besides compensation. Tons of resources are advertised but very few are actually available. Health insurance is deceptive in the same way, with reality being nothing like the options offered. All the worst parts of being an assistant-- constantly solving problems for and fixing mistakes of faculty and staff who couldn't care less about you."

Former Employee - Administrator says

"I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Competitive people who care more about their own rise to the top than doing their work with care and attention to supporting the university. HR doesn't listen or take seriously complaints, major turnover. Management top heavy, toxic and unsupportive."

Current Employee - Teaching Fellow says

"I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Abusive faculty and bureaucratic management"

Former Employee - Department Manager says

"I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than a year Cons: Unbeknownst to me, I joined a department where the man in charge had already been reported to HR by 3 women. I found this out when I became the 4th woman to report him. What happened next? HR and Title IX sided with him, he's still in his cozy corner office in University Hall, and I lost my job. All of this happened with the blessing of the so-called leadership at the College. And I thought I was doing the right thing by reporting this creep. LOL!"

Former Employee - Research Technician says

"I worked at Harvard University full-time for more than a year Cons: Will not be treated with respect or given credit for work if you are a lab technician and adviser will get away with it Pay is not great Many"

Current Employee - Web Developer says

"I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: I'm not sure if this is a result of the new president, some MBA consulting firm (this is my guess), or what, but there has been a noticeable shift in the attitude towards lower level workers/labor at Harvard. There is a massive centralization campaign going on right now across all schools, bringing all the staff further under the umbrella of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. With this change, there has been upheaval in how things are managed. Non-union members haven't gotten a raise in 2 years that exceeds inflation (join a union folks), and we were told this is because the endowment hasn't performed well. Raises are tied directly to how well the endowment performs, and are only tangentially related to performance. In most cases (I'm sure there are exceptions) working harder or smarter will not result in better pay. Many administrative positions are being cut and outsourced to 3rd party vendors. When people leave, their positions are not filled, and the work falls on those left behind. Communication surrounding these issues is extremely poor. Major decisions that will directly impact your work will be decided by 2 or 3 people at the top, and they'll forget to tell you. My guess is they will continue to squeeze workers in order to cut costs. Within my unit, it feels like it's reaching a breaking point. This is one of the most highly political environments I've ever worked in. Prepare to ingratiate yourself to whoever is at the top of the chain in order to advance your career. Doing good work is not going to cut it. I have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to graft and waste, and it is mind boggling. If you get into a place where you can see some of these budgets, your head will spin. The people at the very top use their budgets to pay their friends $$$$$$$$ to do make-work. I believe this is called "networking". Borderline, there is no culture. Our "retreats" have been things like going to a classroom, and doing a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats chart to figure out how to be more efficient workers. Overall, I'm surprised not to see any of these complaints more prominently in the newer reviews given the discussions I've seen internally. Perhaps that will change!"

Current Employee - Freelance Writer says

"I have been working at Harvard University full-time for more than 10 years Cons: They don't really care about the rest of humanity."

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