Boston University
3.8 of 5 266 reviews
www.bu.edu Boston, MA 5000+ Employees

Boston University Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.8 266 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown

(114 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU"
    in 22 reviews
  • "Great benefits and learning environment for recent college grads"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance varies depending on the office and supervisors that you have"
    in 4 reviews
  • "As a graduate student, it is really a good chance to work on campus and get to know more people"
    in 6 reviews
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    It is a good university. Perfect location, nice environment

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsLocation is the best. Life is convenient. I worked here as research assistant for 4 years. The courses are pretty good. The research quality is quite satisfactory.

    ConsENG school is small. The living expense in Boston is very high, which RA salary is relatively low. However, it is not problem only for BU. The RA salary is even lower in public university.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, nice environment, great people. I really liked it there.

    ConsLow salary, especially for long-time employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsVery good faculty members. They are all very talented and smart people, and they are all very nice. You can talk to any faculty member about physics, research, or any topic. Moreover, they are all very responsible people, and doing great researches themselves.

    For the student community, all are very clever and love physics. Always talk to each other academically. Besides, grad students here like to have fun, so you can expect a lot of activities organized by students.

    Physics department frequently invites speakers from other institutions or universities to give presentations, which is very helpful to broaden the perspective of knowledge.

    ConsThere are not much free food in the department. The office for grad students who do not have advisors have no windows.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance is great. You can pretty much control your own time as a grad students, so doing research at your own pace is possible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pros-Everyone's nice and easy going

    ConsNot that many intelligent people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for entry level...but not for the long haul

    International Student Advisor (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsLots of opportunities as it is a big campus, classes, gym, events. Opportunity for continuing education is great as they supplement tuition significantly. Coworkers are the best and overall they hire excellent people. Decent benefits package, althought short term disability could be better.

    ConsLarge campus = lot so burocracy so sometimes it is hard to accomplish a task that has long standing change/benefits. Pay is usually slightly below market. Can b hard to advance. Sometimes felt like the work-life balance wasn't appreciated. Often made to feel that using our significant vacation time that came as part of our benefits package was a burden on the office. Quick to deduct 15 min of sick time if you had a morning dr. appt and came in 15 min late, regardless of if you were salaried, worked late, didn't take lunch.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStandardize sick time policy for salaried employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, good people, overall good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great time off including intercession over Christmas that doesn't count toward vacation time and includes around 7 days off
    -Depending on department, good people who genuinely care about one another
    -Good work/life balance
    -Tuition remission available if interested in taking classes

    Cons-Faculty/staff divide in certain departments
    -Not a significant amount of room to move up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Graduate Teaching Fellow (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe professors I've worked with have been great. Knowledgable, of course, interested in helping me become a better teacher, and very accommodating when it comes to my own work.

    ConsThe commute can be tricky if you live across the river.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A lovely part-time job

    Student Desk Assistant (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsWonderful staff— I love all my supervisors. It's a great atmosphere with lovely (brand new) facilities. The responsabilities are easy enough with a light workload.

    ConsIt's a desk job so some days you feel as though you're doing nothing and other days it's super busy and callers are rude, but a professional staff member is always on hand to help you out.

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    Undergoing change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsTop management drive to grow and improve.

    ConsSoftware support systems need integration.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent

    Associate Professor (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat faculty, great students, great work enviornment

    ConsNone. An ideal work enviornment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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