Boston University Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
281 Reviews
3.8
281 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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    Graduate student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Loved the people and the focus on research

    Cons

    Doctoral grad students have little guidance on next steps and no career center to help

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    Boston University School of Public Health researcher (non-faculty)

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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 a year

    Pros

    Everyone I've worked with in the school of public health is really friendly, open, and collaborative when it comes to work. I've always felt welcome in my department and have felt very supported and encouraged by my colleagues. My boss is fantastic and allows me to flex my hours and work from home frequently, and I get to work with other SPH professors who are equally supportive and really value mentoring.

    Cons

    As with any University, there is a fair amount of bureaucracy and administrative red-tape when it comes to some research activities. This is pretty typical but is definitely a con if you choose to work in an academic environment. I would also say that the SPH campus does not feel very safe, especially for women, and it can be stressful walking to/from campus. Finally, while the benefits are good you should know that if you are hired at the beginning of the month, you have to go the rest of that month without health insurance as it kicks in the month following your hire date. That was a little tricky but otherwise have had no problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, it would be great to make employees' health insurance kick in on their date of hire, and not the first day of the month following their hire date.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Server at School of Management Catering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Server in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Managers have always been easy to get along with, flexible.
    Free food, the work is pretty easy, pays better than minimum wage.
    Perfect for students, easy part-time weekend job for working post-grads.

    Cons

    High manager, employee turnover.
    Can be a hectic environment at times.
    Promotions are rare, no opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize long-time employees to stay by offering higher wages than those offered to new servers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Residency at Boston University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Great environment, high workload, excellent work experience

    Cons

    Limited clinical work space at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    world-class university

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    urban, international, gym, great neuroscience community in Boston

    Cons

    BU is not very campusey

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Proshop Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    It was a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    It was an uncomfortable work space.

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    Program Director BU associated program in Waltham MA

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    Former Employee - DIrector of Media Production, FIlm Program Director, Consultant  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - DIrector of Media Production, FIlm Program Director, Consultant in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Boston University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The energy and enthusiasm were amazing and envigorating. I found a willingness to expand on existing teaching models, and to create collaborative, real-world assignments for students that enhanced their person and especially their professional results. The original company values of this satellite campus was to empower students through a Certificate program so as to be "hireable" in their areas of passion and dedication. A very strong faculty base, as well as excellent contract instructors made for a uniquely lively and energetic environment.

    Cons

    More than anything, the over-abundance of energy and input seemed to have "overloaded the system", most noticeably at the management level. After a very strong start in terms of enrollment, the top-level management decided that program directors were responsible for nearly all administrative duties, and that took its toll pretty quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A most outstanding project, with outstanding results as far as most the graduates, I feel if the "Management" had approached CDIA as a truly unique and valuable educational ventures instead of strictly a financial one, the CDIA program would still be thriving. I am proud of having helped create the curriculum in Digital Film, as well as the many professiona associations that CDIA benefitted from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I worked ResLife at BU for a semester during college.

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    Former Employee - Resident Life  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Resident Life in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The people in the office were very warm and fun to be around. There was often very little work that needed to be done.

    Cons

    The work was often tedious and time consuming - photocopying paperwork, filing papers for lost room keys, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I had great experiences with fellow students and professors, but not so much with the administration.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Fellow students, attentive professors and great city.

    Cons

    You have to jump through a lot of administrative hoops and the communication between departments is almost nonexistent.

  11.  

    Good Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    moves a bit slow but other wise great place to work

    Cons

    can't think of any, expect the building need some construction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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