Boston University Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown
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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. Worked as an intern at the medical campus in a research lab

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

    I worked at Boston University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Boston University has good facilities and great resources. I think that this is one of the best universities to do research at.

    Cons

    Had to work long hours at relatively low pay. A lot of bureaucracy to sift through at BU

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more open and communicative with your employees. Response from management was always lacking.

    Recommends
  2. Great commnunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Encouraging teams and extensive exposure to multiple fields and services

    Cons

    Paychecks are smaller than those in comparable jobs at other area schools

  3. Great place to work! Friendly people, caring environment, and tuition for your kids.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Good hours, great people, and some jobs offer tuition reimbursement for you or your kids.

    Cons

    Work environment can get intense.

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  5. Good place for a research assistant

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, relaxed evironment, relatively good payment for graduate student research assitant. Good for personal growth, a lot of seminars and academic activities

    Cons

    Parking is hard, apartments nearby are very expensive. A bit too crowed. Campus is not a really campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are not that effective. Sometimes it is hard to get simple things done. Too many procedures to get simple things done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Program Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Love the bosses, love the kids you get to work with

    Cons

    No salary, solely a stipend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Good atmosphere to be a graduate student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Nice supervisors, students get along

    Cons

    some research areas lack funding opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Pretty good place to work .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. The best tuition benefit at a university, but must take classes at BU. Good work life balance. Depends on which area of the university you work in though.

    Cons

    Huge- 9000+ employees, can feel more like a big corporation than a university. Still figuring out its plan to retain employees. Salaries lower than other local universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hear the new HR director is making progress to bring BU up to modern standards. They should follow the lead of other universities with more progressive policies, like a better maternity leave and paternity leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great coworkers, uptight management

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

    I worked at Boston University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with residents was (mostly) wonderful, and my coworkers and lower management were mostly great. Great perks (free housing and food!) in exchange for modest time commitment.

    Cons

    Upper management could be very uptight. While demands on employees' time were modest, they were extremely inflexible and often arbitrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up a little. Appreciate that your employees' lives also matter, and that they put in a lot of time on the job that you may not necessarily see.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. I worked in the Graduate Admissions Office at BU and really enjoyed it! The work was passive and allowed studying.

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

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

    Pros

    Office culture is very casual; everyone is available to answer questions; not a high pressure situation; very flexible with respect to work.

    Cons

    The office environment can sometimes be too casual; monotonous work; constant work flow; commute to anywhere in the city is rough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good pay for the job, lots of opportunity for more work

    Current Employee - Grader in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Grader in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good pay for a well supported environment

    Cons

    Can be late hours/odd hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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