Boston University
3.7 of 5 245 reviews
www.bu.edu Boston, MA 5000+ Employees

Boston University Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.7 245 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown

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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
  • "There is opportunity to be part of changing culture if you embrace it and ability to maintain work/life balance"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "As a graduate student, it is really a good chance to work on campus and get to know more people"
    in 6 reviews
  • "The commute can be tricky if you live across the river"
    in 3 reviews
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The blind leading the blind...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than a year

ProsThere are a plethora of Starbucks within a mile radius of the University.

ConsThe people (managers) who are in charge of making the technology decisions have their own agendas and don't listen to the people they have hired as subject matter experts in their field. Managers should manage people, not make technology decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis is the perfect quote for BU IS&T...

"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand."

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great for graduate level education, but not professional growth

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

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

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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Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsThe atmosphere was very innovative. Most of the people are hard workers. The equipment is mostly state of the art.

ConsThe pay is low. Boston University tries a little too hard to boost their reputation. People could be a little more collaborative.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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My experience with BU has not been awful, but it hasn't been good either.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston University

ProsAs a location for graduate school, being in the city is a bonus.

ConsBU is huge, and there is an enormous amount of bureaucracy.

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Great place to study but not so much to work for

Something Professor (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsYou get the full benefits of the University system
You can do research on whatever you want

ConsNo long term position, you are payed by soft money which you acquired
No incentive for teaching -- I usually do it because of good will

Advice to Senior ManagementHire your best and most creative employees full time

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good grad student experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Boston University

ProsLocation, BME applications of research

ConsLack of collaborations, masses of undergraduates

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Best Job I've Had

Compliance Coordinator (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than a year

ProsBenefits, Salary and People! I love the benefits and the salary is on point, they also are great people to work with. You feel comfortable with them and they are competent and respectful.

ConsSlow-moving bureaucracy, when things need to be rectified and improved there is a long time before they focus on your and give you the due attention needed for ameliorating a situation

Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more communicative with lower offices before making changes

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

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Highest paid hospital RA in Boston?

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than a year

ProsFair-to-good entry level compensation compared to every other Research Assistant salary I have seen online and heard through word of mouth at Boston Hospitals. I started at $20/hr (with no experience) within 6 months got made a full time employee and got a raise to $21/hr after a year and a half.

I have a friend who is a Research Assistant II at BGW and they make significantly less than this, which is sad.

Good benefits:
-Tuition remission to BU excluding class fees which end up being around ($75-$250) depending on which courses you take.
-Good retirement matching (although I foolishly never took advantage of this)

Cons-HR is slow as molasses
-HR Training felt like a waste of time. When asked specific questions, participants are directed to "double check with someone in the department" or "check online" It was basically a four hour overview of information that can be found online.
-Classes available for tuition remission at BU can be spotty/limited depending on what you want to learn and are not consistent every year (EX: Taking med school prereqs and working full time is difficult. BU does a pretty weak job of offering night courses consistently during the academic year, and forget about taking night Physics/Chem/Orgo/Bio classes during summer through BU. There aren't any.)

Advice to Senior Management-HR could be better. Be more approachable and willing to help in a genuine way with truthful, meaningful advice. When someone asks you for advice, don't just give them the standard run of the mill HR answer. Not everyone has the same education level or detailed knowledge of retirement options, health care accounts and benefits in general. Be more specific in the way you answer questions and be more aware of education level, age, and socio-economics when choosing how to respond to questions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty good engineering department

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsGood teachers and strong research

ConsNeed more efforts of job seeking help for MS and PhD students

Advice to Senior ManagementGet social, take advantage of Boston's good location, BU alumni.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty good environment, definitely depends on where you are working

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston University

Prosgood benefits, tuition reimbursement is nice

Consmust like working with/ around students

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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