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Boston University Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
323 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 26 reviews)

  • Stability, generous benefit and excellent work life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • There is not much room for growth (in 5 reviews)

  • Cost of living in Boston is expensive (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Development Office could be a bank in the 1960s. All white guys--no diversity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    BU's development office pays more than other universities. They have nice offices and underground parking. BU benefits are good.

    Cons

    Leadership of development office is very weak and performance is not rewarded. Suck ups and self-promoters are rewarded with promotions. Women have left there in droves. The ratio of men to women at BU is the opposite of every other development shop in Boston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a VP who is not a throw-back to 1965. Empower staff to move and grow. Promote competent people, not just middle-aged white guys, to leadership positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The blind leading the blind...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a plethora of Starbucks within a mile radius of the University.

    Cons

    The people (managers) who are in charge of making the technology decisions have their own agendas and don't listen to the people they have hired as subject matter experts in their field. Managers should manage people, not make technology decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is the perfect quote for BU IS&T...

    "Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand."

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Help Desk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    I was looking to work for them. I have over 10 yrs professional experience

    Cons

    These people are very sloppy. they first call me to interview and I immediately agree to interview the next day. Two individuals conducted a phone interview and then I was told that I would actually receive a call back within a few days. while those three days turn into weeks i haven't heard back from them. I reached out to find out the status and they told me that it was still thinking about it and that they will get back to me. I have reach out again to try to get more information but still they still are thinking about and don't have a solid answer.

    I personally think that is very irresponsible when a company doesn't have to dignity and courtesy to get back to you and let you know that you don't qualify. I think that's very irresponsible and immature and unprofessional. I would not expect this from a reputable I higher learning education company.

    If that's how they do business I don't want to be part of the team just because their behavior shows in the way that they interview and follow non follow up to commitments. They sloppy , irresponsible and don't take commitment serious

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management to responsible and respectful staff

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's who you know not what you know...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free tuition makes it worth the hassle

    Cons

    Unqualified "friend-of-a-friend" and political appointees get the jobs and promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Do not work here. Run!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    No pros about the department.

    Outside of the department, this is a good business school that will see great growth in the coming years. Dean Freeman has great plans for the future, hopefully this involves changes in the ELC.

    Cons

    Worst environment I have ever worked in. Very high turnover due to bad leadership. Not sure how it has continued to be this way for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take note of why there is such a high turnover. A new Director is way overdue for this department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    no bueno

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    The school is located in boston

    Cons

    the school is located in boston, they have an exremely biased hiring process where unqualified candidates will be chosen over well qualified ones due to merely having studied through BU in some fashion, there are some race quotas that they seek to meet as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to hire qualified people you twits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Boston University

    Former Employee - Customer Support Service in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Service in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are friendly, good fringe benefits

    Cons

    No room for growth, poor management

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Leadership Center at the School of Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the University is a great place to work. Nice people, great benefits, down to earth, etc.

    Cons

    Do not enter a job with the Executive Leadership Center at SMG The department is run incredibly poorly and every staff member there is treated like dirt due to the terrible, terrible leadership. Everyone at the School, and a large part of the University, know about the issues this department faces but no one will do anything about it. In addition to many other factors, there is constant turnover in the department but apparently that is not enough of a sign that something must be done with the leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place even the least bit of value on employee happiness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    They regularly pay 5> month late.

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    Former Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Educator in Washington, DC

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Teaching tech is already great!

    Cons

    Lack strong management and do not pay their educators.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Great job if you want to pursue a PhD

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    The Research Assistant (RA) position is one of two methods for engineers to receive a Master of Science Degree for free. The other is a Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) which I am unable to comment on. The RA works 20 hours per week on research while taking two classes each semester. You have a large amount of control over the way you go about your research although your advisor will step in and micromanage if you are not making progress. The work / life balance definitely leans more towards "life" than "work". If you take summer courses you can finish in 1.5 years. Overall the RA is a great opportunity to get a MS in engineering relatively quickly without accumulating large amounts of debt.

    Cons

    As an RA you are at the mercy of your advisor. Most RA's work more than 20 hours per week although I was lucky enough to keep my hours down. Upon entering a research program many MS students hope to deliver some sort of a completed project, whether it be a piece of software or a hardware component. The reality is that professors want students who are interested in learning for the sake of learning. If you are motivated by delivering a completed project this is not the job for you. Unless you plan on pursuing a career in the area of your research, it does not add much strength to your resume. If you plan on working in industry after you graduate, a GTF position will give you a more marketable skillset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The RA position and MS program overall is intended for students who will continue towards a PhD or plan on working in research in their career. I would recommend that the MS program is altered to accommodate students who plan on pursuing careers in industry instead of grooming them for PhD programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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