Boston University Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. Good place to work for stability and family life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    BU is a very stable place, with a ton of benefits for families. They provide good retirement matching, a great affordable daycare, excellent tuition benefits, and a vibrant community.

    Cons

    BU's salary scale seems low compared to other institutions. The faculty/staff dynamic can be tenuous depending on the unit.


  2. Boston University

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Exciting academic community with amazing students, faculty, staff and leadership. Strategically driven leadership with clear goals and priorities.

    Cons

    As a large employer, it's tough for all employees to be in alignment with priorities. There are also many layers and channels, albeit most are necessary, that work needs to flow through to accomplish initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate compensation and flexibility so we can stay competitive in the Boston market. Survey employees for satisfaction and engagement to identify areas for improvement.


  3. Grader

    Former Employee - Grader in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Grader in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is so much to learn when you work in academic setting. It was a great experience as it allow you to revise your previous courses and grade students based on your knowledge.

    Cons

    It is sometimes challenging but things becomes easier if you keep proper keys handy. Again sometimes it is stressful to face students who do not secure as great as other batch mates.


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  5. Grant manager BU

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    working hours are decent, benefits are good

    Cons

    upper management doesn't have a handle on the important aspects of departments

    Advice to Management

    take time to listen, learn and change with respect to office management


  6. Adjunct Professor

    Current Employee - Adjunct in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Adjunct in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Great Institution, Respected Programs, Respected Staff

    Cons

    None that I can think of - but I only teach one class per year


  7. great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    extremely good benefits, general job security, excellent community of faculty and staff (very rarely have I encountered an unprofessional person), generally financially empowered by departments' budgets to get supplies and resources that are needed

    Cons

    large organization sometimes makes communication hard, not intimately involved with the larger operations or aware of the department's structure all the time


  8. Graduate Fellow at BU

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Very nice place; wonderful people; beautiful city.

    Cons

    Low pay for graduate fellows (the way it is everywhere). Great education though!


  9. Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. salary is decent, tuition reimbursement is great.

    Cons

    lack of upward mobility and on the job training


  10. Good place to be a grad student

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great academic environment. The city itself is gorgeous as well. It's a great experience all in all.

    Cons

    Winters can be terrible.
    Working as a teaching fellow means you are going to be wicked poor as the stipend is barely 20k dollars a year in the Humanities.

    Advice to Management

    Give grad students more money, also take less grad students in so the doctoral programs/degrees retain a high academic level.


  11. Dynamic, Global University

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BU has an impressive global alumni network, name recognition, and a generally positive reputation. It's a refreshingly diverse organization that supports continued education. Staff in smaller teams enjoy a lot of autonomy. Benefits include many vacation days and a generous retirement plan with company match.

    Cons

    BU is so large that important staffing and budgetary decisions are often delayed by bureaucracy. The workload is surprisingly challenging and while it's great to get to wear a few hats, many people burn out on the long hours.

    Advice to Management

    There is often a disconnect between upper management's initiatives and those who actually implement those changes. Hire enough talent - and pay them competitively - in order to keep up with the university's growth.



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