Boston University Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
284 Reviews
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Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits, full-timers can take advantage of free or significant tuition discounts for self and family (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No room for growth, poor management (in 4 reviews)

  • Work-life balance varies depending on the office and supervisors that you have (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Graduate student teaching fellow

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great facilities and professors. nice perks and retirement plan options, beautiful campus and great people

    Cons

    Poor pay and promotions. I think the graduate stipends have been the exact same for decades with little to no increase for inflation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation to properly adjust for inflation! I think the graduate stipends have been the exact same for decades with little to no increase for inflation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overqualified

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Paid for doing 40 hours of work, only doing 1 hour of work each day.

    Cons

    No work to do. Extremely bored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give me something to do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Research as grad student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed environment, no crazy politics, friendly people

    Cons

    School is not very reputable compared to the surrounding Ivy League schools. Some not so competitive labs, and not so competent professors. Not a very scientifically stimulating environment.

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    Mediocre Employer

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    Current Employee - Data Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Paid intersessions off, tuition remission (for full-time employees), a lot of very interesting research.

    Cons

    Working for a grant-funded entity is stressful and job security is iffy. BU has a pretty slow hiring process. Professors/PIs divide their time between too many things and lack time to dedicate to staff needs. Lack of career advancement and skills development opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Work Life Balance but Not Much Innovation

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    Current Employee - Administration  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administration in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. The benefits are pretty good as well. For the most part, students seem engaged though less interested in actual learning than in furthering job/career prospects.

    Cons

    Decisions are made at a glacial pace. Pay is not the best for higher ed jobs in the region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on the rankings game and choose actual educational goals if you want to become a leader in higher education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great benefits but no room for growth.

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of holidays and vacation days.

    Cons

    I feel like there wasn't much room for growth. Managers seem to only appreciate and focus on the employees that they like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive of every employee and help them grow. Evaluate your employees workload and make the necessary changes. Stop hiring unqualified people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Boston University Aquatics

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    Former Employee - Swimming Instructor  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Swimming Instructor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Paid well for a swim instructor job

    Cons

    Poor management - a lot of corruption and unfair practices going on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    This is a good place to work at, but management is a bit in turmoil trying to evolve into a modern organization.

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    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, full-timers can take advantage of free or significant tuition discounts for self and family. Commute can be a pain.

    Cons

    Commute is a problem if you live outside Boston. Management structure is in turmoil.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    OK but limiting

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good experience
    - Good working environment if you get placed with a good professor

    Cons

    - Pay is limiting. You're not allowed to work any additional jobs. Making $20K and ONLY $20K in Boston is pretty low pay considering cost of living. This makes it hard to finish the academic program and a number of people have dropped out of my PhD program because of it.
    - Restrictions on not being able to work mean grad students no longer have the opportunity to teach their own courses at MET or other universities. This is seriously hurting graduates' abilities to secure jobs. In my field you HAVE to have teaching experience and now we are no longer allowed to get that.
    - Long hours when grading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow advisors to determine if grad students can handle taking on an additional job such as teaching a course.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pretty typical graduate school experience.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good compensation for grad students
    - Focused course requirements
    - Good resources / equipment

    BU can be a great place for grad school. They don't have crazy requirements for the program, it can be very self-structured, and there's a lot of great resources.

    Cons

    - Lots of poor oversight
    - Atmosphere can be stifling

    I think graduate school in general is on a downhill trend right now. "Advising" tends to be pretty minimal, there's a lot of egos to deal with, and it doesn't always feel like there's someone out there trying to help you succeed.

    No opinion of CEO

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