Boston University
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Updated Apr 4, 2014
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3.8 265 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The blind leading the blind...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThis 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."

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsThese 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 Senior ManagementChange management to responsible and respectful staff

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFree tuition makes it worth the hassle

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not work here. Run!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsNo 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Boston University

    Customer Support Service (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe people are friendly, good fringe benefits

    ConsNo room for growth, poor management

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    no bueno

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe school is located in boston

    Consthe 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 Senior Managementtry to hire qualified people you twits

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Executive Leadership Center at the School of Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

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

    ConsDo 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 Senior ManagementPlace even the least bit of value on employee happiness.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They regularly pay 5> month late.

    Educator (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsTeaching tech is already great!

    ConsLack strong management and do not pay their educators.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job if you want to pursue a PhD

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    terrible salaries, better opportunities elsewhere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslarge university so you will meet people

    Conspoor salaries, nepotism - everyone went to school here and then immediately started working here after graduation

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter benefits would make up for low salaries

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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