Boston University Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown
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Pros
  • Tuition remission was why I wanted to work there (in 26 reviews)

  • Great work life balance (strict 9-5) (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. Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bring home working, the working hours are pretty flexible depend on you.

    Cons

    I would say the salary is a little bit low, but still very acceptable.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Teaching Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The workload is not that much if you are a graduate student at the same time

    Cons

    The pay is low relative to the other universities specially considering the fact that we are living in an expensive city like Boston

    Advice to Management

    Manage your time well


  3. Excellent Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    20 vacation days/year PLUS Intersession (the week between Christmas & New Years) AND 11 add'l holidays (not including Christmas/New Years) Generous sick time Outstanding retirement package, vests immediately Salary is competitive with corporate environments 2-3% raise each year is typical There are tons of job openings to choose from if you need a change, but want to stay at BU Laidback environment Low stress 35 hour workweek Access to music school practice rooms Orientation includes 2 free tickets to the Huntington Theatre and BU sports games Right on the green line

    Cons

    Nearly an hour T ride from North Station, for those who take the train in Culture is different from department to department and manager to manager People tend to stay forever, so the atmosphere can start to feel a little stale


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  5. Great Higher-Ed Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were a lot of pros, particularly the salary was competitive, there is a strong union presence and you get additional paid days of for holiday closures.

    Cons

    The commute into the city if you are living outside of it is definitely a con. Opportunity for growth in my particular department was also minimal, which led to my resignation.

    Advice to Management

    There is a definite anti-union sentiment amongst upper management, which causes tension with employees who want to partake of the union (or are in short forced to because the position requires you pay dues wether or not you are in the union)


  6. Research Assistant

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have learnt many experiences.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


  7. I'm a grad student

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's better than being in business school, but that's pretty faint praise. There is sometimes free lunch at seminars, which is a nice plus.

    Cons

    The free lunches that come at seminars are often mediocre Chinese food that runs out if you do not show up early enough.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise an upgrade in the lunch options at seminars. No one has ever complained about pizza, so I'd suggest that we have pizza more often.


  8. Get a degree or use it as a stepping stone...

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    Great tuition remission benefits & lots of ways to apply it. Quality educational programs & faculty. Like anywhere, there are some wonderful people doing great work.

    Cons

    Pay is not on par with other comparable universities, strong anti-union sentiment among upper level management, very little investment in quality performance planning and review system such that reviews are very ad hoc. Some offices pretty dysfunctional. Administrative culture at BU overly image-driven, more concerned with PR than getting things done well.

    Advice to Management

    Instate 360° performance reviews if you want to learn where your weak middle management is. Increase pay scales for people in admin positions or expect to lose the best performers who might otherwise stay & grow with BU to other universities in the area.


  9. Graduate Student at Boston University

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The PI's here really care about individual students and the atmosphere offers less pressure than some of the other local universities

    Cons

    Access to departmental equipment is limited


  10. Program Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    The department I worked in was not as innovative as other universities


  11. Solid place to get a Science PhD

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty decent salary for Graduate Medical Science PhDs; Salaries increase every few years automatically for cost of living; Great professors and access to multiple institutions nearby

    Cons

    The medical campus is not in a great location (lots of homeless and drug addicts - next to a methadone clinic)



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