Boston University Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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Pros
  • Tuition remission was why I wanted to work there (in 26 reviews)

  • Great work life balance (strict 9-5) (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. To be expected

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Facilities, well landscaped, city campus

    Cons

    Environment, Snobby attitudes, unhelpful senior staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  2. Helpful (1)

    Terrible pay but good tuition remission

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    BU will pay for most of your graduate degree, which is a great benefit.

    Cons

    But otherwise, salaries are terrible and there are few opportunities to move up in the organization.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Underpays their staff across the board and there is a high level of worker dissatisfaction throughout the CHR.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Salaried Administrative
    Current Employee - Salaried Administrative

    I have been working at Boston University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent amount of time off and in general good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Health Benefits & tuition remission benefits are being scaled back. Workes are underpaid and in general very low morale across departments and colleges.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the majority of the inept middle and upper management, offer people salaries commensurate with other schools of BU's caliber, create more opportunities for women to advance.


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  5. Ingalls

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Boston University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No intense work needed, the pay is good and can use the facilities.

    Cons

    Horrible Boss and the timings are really bad. Mainly the boss is the worst part.

    Advice to Management

    Change the boss


  6. Helpful (1)

    good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    ability to do a l lot of independent research and very little pressure and summer time salary is high

    Cons

    low low salary, lots lots works, family subsistence hard.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Large bureaucratic machine, very hierarchical

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of positions to choose from, not a very rigorous hiring process, good benefits. Tuition remission is good if you hold a staff position until you get your degree then leave, immediately.

    Cons

    No institutional plan for professional growth, promoting from within not a part of culture, salaries low compared to local schools and much lower compared to industry, minimal cost of living increases instead of performance-based raises, excessively hierarchical in structure and thinking, staff discouraged from thinking creatively or showing initiative because of a lot of very insecure, entrenched director-level and above staff who primarily serve the appearance of their value to the executive leadership. As at most universities, staff are at the bottom of the totem pole at BU and are openly considered expendable and easily replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    If you treat staff like transient student workers, they will behave as such. When you do not recognize and reward effort and initiative, no matter how threatening it may appear to stagnant management thinking, good talent will exercise their options and leave. You're left with mediocre workers not invested in constant improvement but just maintaining the status quo and lying low. And when you promote people to senior leadership positions based on their connections and not their experience, training, or demonstrated aptitude for leadership, you encourage a situation where the executive sees his unit only in terms of his own advancement and privileges. Leaders aren't created when anointed. As they say in the military, a leader is someone you would follow even if you didn't have to. BU could learn much from the military's development of leaders and much from the tech industry in encouraging ground-level creativity by reducing the oppressive levels of hierarchy in decision making.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Highly Overrated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU. You get 4 credits free and then 4 more credits at 90% off each academic year. Also it's pretty easy to transfer between departments.

    Cons

    The leadership in the University is oblivious and disconnected.

    The beaurocracy of working at this institution is unbelievable. There is not an easy way to navigate any system. HR, Sourcing & Procurement, etc.

    Performance is not rewarded at all. It's all about longevity here. So essentially you have faculty and staff that have been there forever but that do not contribute in any meaningful way.


  9. Great institution, but unfortunate personnel in leadership positions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career development opportunities, ability to work with large staff, great resources

    Cons

    Difficult management environment to navigate


  10. Helpful (1)

    Many great projects and faculty, but overly bureaucratic and unclear leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big university = diversity of opportunities & ideas, 17 schools, students from all around the world

    Cons

    Big university = BUREAUCRACY! Too much emphasis on form over function, process over substance, money over mission. Inaccessible senior leadership. Very hierarchical structure means smart young employees with good ideas are rarely heard or used well.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your leadership team for leadership and communications skills. Actively discourage bureaucracy - it's not inevitable. And work to better leverage teh richness available at all levels of faculty, staff, and student populations.


  11. Depends on your Department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Tuition Remission beneift is the best thing about working at BU. You get 4 credits free and then 4 more credits at 90% off each academic year. Also it's pretty easy to transfer between departments.

    Cons

    The beaurocracy of working at this institution is unbelievable. There is not an easy way to navigate any system. HR, Sourcing & Procurement, etc,

    There is very little opportunity for upward mobility and someone else in your position in a different department could easily be getting paid up to twice what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate staff positions and salaries, they are some of the lowest among universities in the area, Increase the tuition remission benefit so that employees can get at least half of a part-time program funded. Include a T-pass discount for commuters since parking costs an armand a leg.



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