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Boston University Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
323 Reviews
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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.  

    Positive

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

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

    Pros

    - Large organization; many different opportunities in research and IT
    - opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge
    - access to state-of-the art fitrec (BU's gym)

    Cons

    - different culture depending on which department you work in
    - pay attention in the interview as to what kind of culture the department has. Ask yourself: do I feel that I could fit in with this group of people?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Work-study program is great.

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

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

    Pros

    BU provides plenty of opportunities for students to make money while a student. It's easy to find a job through the student link. Employers are generally flexible and understand school comes first. There's also a handful of jobs available that might relate to future career paths.

    Cons

    As low-level student jobs, you'll often be doing office work in office jobs or other less than desirable things. It shouldn't be unexpected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    BU

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    A intense plunge into research with great opportunities for publishing, presenting, and building a career all while at a top university.

    Cons

    Time consuming and rigorous, low salary makes it hard to live in Boston.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Graduate assistant

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

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

    Pros

    flexible hours and connection with professors

    Cons

    less pay; sometimes the work is a little repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  7.  

    Overall good experiences, but depends which department you work in

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for young people just starting out in the workforce. Management is helpful and supervisors really care about helping you find the direction you want to go in.

    Cons

    I've had bad experiences with bosses, but those were individual cases. Overall the work environments are friendly and comfortable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great environment and hands-on experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience, friendly students, and helpful professors! great volunteer opportunities

    Cons

    Slow career advancement. As a volunteer, you put in a lot of work with very little compensation (other than great experience)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work with but not a lot of room to grow.

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    - Tuition Remission
    - Paid Vacation
    - Retirement/Saving plan for employees
    Work with nice people with regular office schedule

    Cons

    Poor management. People who work hard but do not get along well with management team could be kicked out.
    Job promotion can be tough and not a lot of room to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could be more professional and less personal issue. Need fair play.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    UROP is a great program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively easy to get funding and experience doing an academic project

    Cons

    The quality of your experience will be largely determined by your adviser, training could be great, but it could also be practically non-existent. Compensation is definitely on the low side, if you do the math, the UROP stipend comes out to only slightly above half of minimum wage; on the other hand, there is no requirement to fill a time sheet per se.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great learning Experience for students

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the lab

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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