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Boston University Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
340 Reviews
3.9
340 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    I am a research assistant (RA) in a research lab within the ECE department.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You get your degree while working as a RA. RA pays for tuition and health insurance. The stipend is set standard department wide.

    Cons

    Apartment rent in the university area as very high.

  2.  

    SAO

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Learn a lot about BU.

    Cons

    Some of the Pro Staff are really unprofessional / like to waste BU money.

  3.  

    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Flexible working time, combine working with learning

    Cons

    Not a long term job, work loading may be different

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Great benefits. There is a good work-life balance and support for taking continuing your education.

    Cons

    Some people take advantage of workplace flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall a good place to work. I have been working for BU for 11 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    I've had an overall positive experience working for BU.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programs Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Programs Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good. It is a stable environment and I had a manager who was very supportive of me taking classes while also working full-time. There is a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    My department is very hierarchical, which sometimes makes for a not so nice working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not much room for personal growth without leaving within the department I work in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    BU is on the upswing! Rankings are going up, the school is investing in the campus and its people. Benefits are overall as good as I've seen them in other places. Tuition remission is a big plus. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not the best retirement plan - have to wait 2 years until contributions are matched. Bit bureaucratic but not surprising since it is such a behemoth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    communicate with different people, challenge with different tasks.

    Cons

    Tired due to the long time standing.

  9.  

    Helpful HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    Staff are positive and proactive. Went out of their way to make processes work that might not have been communicated well at first

    Cons

    Automated ESS (Emlpoyee Self Service) system is extreme in its complexity)...Convoluted security coupled with an obscure approach to navigation makes what is fundamentally a major asset to the university and its staff a little more of a hurdle than seems necessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify

  10.  

    Great place to grow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Good amount of room for growth

    Cons

    Steep learning curve at times

  11.  

    Currently a Contract Executive Administrative Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great people, allow you to learn about all aspects of your job plus other jobs in the university. Encourage moving up into new roles after 2 - 3 years.

    Cons

    Occasionally hit with "we're in a hiring freeze" or we don't have the budget to bring anybody on permanently. Very disheartening especially if you've been made verbal offers, guarantees, and promises several times. Seriously the only draw back from wanting to work at this big university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people that are great, and pay competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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