Boston University

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Boston University Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.8 271 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown

(116 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Great benefits but no room for growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat benefits, lots of holidays and vacation days.

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Boston University Aquatics

    Swimming Instructor (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsPaid well for a swim instructor job

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Information Technology (Current Employee) Boston, MA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK but limiting

    Graduate Teaching Fellow (Current Employee) Boston, MA

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty typical graduate school experience.

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    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.

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    Lack of leadership and work/life balance is lip service

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get the opportunity to try a lot of new things

    ConsLack of leadership, getting promoted or transferred is like pulling teeth, morale is horrible and supervisors seem to be oblivious to it, and work/life balance would be great if you could actually take advantage of it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake responsibility for your actions. Deliver on your promises or else people will continue to leave in large numbers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SeeSaw Experience at Boston University

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe students at BU are smart and engaged and generally wonderful. The location of campus is wonderful and there are many events and resources available to employees.

    ConsThe disconnect between the academic side of the university and the student life side of the university is vast. There is not one BU identity and it makes the working environment difficult. They do not pour much money into pro development for staff and seem much more focused on faculty.

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    Not the worst place to work but...

    Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsDecent benefits, university environment, unlikely to ever be fired.

    ConsNo one gets fired, even for not doing their jobs. Very low pay comparative to other universities in the Boston area, good employees with talent and energy are not cultivated. Little to no opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the dead weight at BU who do the absolute minimum or less just to get a paycheck. Empower your employees to think outside the box and develop the skills of those who show potential.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Resident Assistant

    Resident Assistant (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsThe team of other RAs was great. I really enjoyed working with my peers, and there is a lot of team work involved in the position. The free housing did not hurt either.

    ConsResLife is completely inflexible. They seem to be able to make as many mistakes as they want, but the minute an RA makes a mistake then all hell breaks loose. You constantly feel in fear of getting fired, which is not healthy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up a bit and understand that we are all students.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for graduate level education, but not professional growth

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsWith full-time employment there are benefits, like an almost free education, full benefits and retirement.

    ConsVery little growth opportunities for professionals who do not have a doctorate degree. Very little innovation at the staff level. Very little support and professional development of staff. Many offices have staff who have been here for years, and are not invested in efficiency or high-quality work. Hard to communicate across the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus. Work-life balance varies depending on the office and supervisors that you have. Systems are disorganized and staff feedback on failing systems is often not heard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide positive motivation and growth opportunities for your staff. As a research institution, innovation in systems, and taking into account feedback from staff using the systems would probably help the university immensely.

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

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