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Boston University Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
321 Reviews
3.9
321 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.  

    Postdoctoral faculty fellowship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Good experience in balancing teaching and research

    Cons

    Low salary for amount of work...think of it as continuing your education

  2.  

    Good place to work I guess. I was just a TA

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good guidance and research at Boston University

    Cons

    Lot of work to do and little time available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    average

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    working hours is very flexible

    Cons

    you should have basic knowledge in a lot of aspects

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  5.  

    A changing atmosphere

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the researchers that made up our department, and the many ways to get together with everyone through seminars, colloquiums, and other groups.

    Cons

    Many of the great people left due to issues getting tenure or better offers elsewhere. BU drove away the best of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administration at BU needs to think through the big decisions it is making, as they have huge consequences for those who work there. They clearly don't spend enough time or effort on planning for the future and instead come up with quick fixes to problems and trendy programs with no regards to implementation.

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

    Employee and Undergraduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Getting hired, especially if one has work study, is a relatively quick process, and there are many jobs available, as well as online resources to find positions. Most departments are flexible in working around academic schedules.

    Cons

    Expectations are low for student workers, there is little to no on the job training and very few competent supervisors. Management seems to be a problem, and no one enforces basic job etiquette or interpersonal skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your employees to have some respect for the organization and for themselves. More professionalism is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Student for 4 years, work-study throughout.

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    Former Employee - Student Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work environment, great location in the city, very good education. Had a very good experience throughout my studies.

    Cons

    Work-study at the new athletic facilities was extremely restrictive and not at all indicative of "work-study." Student employees were instructed to focus all attention on the work at hand, rather than the typical work-while-you-study attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation was decent, company values were solid, but often tended to consider the student workforce as a full time dedicated workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent employment for student workers, but wouldn't stay past graduation.

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    Former Employee - IT Support- Desktop Services in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Support- Desktop Services in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for student employees, and supervisors are understanding and accommodating when schoolwork and exams take priority. Time off was easy to obtain and I did not have to find someone to cover my shift. Training was weak, badly organized, and often at least a month into the new semester. I received most of my training informally during shifts with coworkers who had been there longer. I had great coworkers.

    Cons

    Office politics, gross preferential treatment for well-connected employees. There is not much room for growth. Some coworkers don't stick to policy and others do, causing client confusion and dissatisfaction when you don't give them special treatment.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mouse in a box

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    (1) Great location. (2) A chance to turn hundreds of colleagues into friends. (3) Room for some advancement, though not much room and not much advancement. (4) Expanding your skill set. (5) You'll learn how to understand organization behavior. (6) Diversity makes things interesting.

    Cons

    Work is NEVER finished. Really bad pay. Terrible parking situation. An easy place to feel invisible. Benefits are just standard. You feel like you're punching a clock. I don't understand how staff managers are hired... must be solely about seniority,

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    Very disorganized University

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    The location is excellent. There is lots of collaborative opportunities with other laboratories and research institutes

    Cons

    There is a lot of disconnect between departments. Nobody seems to know how the organization works

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate more on science and less on politics

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