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Boston University Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
275 Reviews

3.8
275 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits, full-timers can take advantage of free or significant tuition discounts for self and family (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No room for growth, poor management (in 4 reviews)

  • Work-life balance varies depending on the office and supervisors that you have (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The blind leading the blind...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    This 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."

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Help Desk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I was looking to work for them. I have over 10 yrs professional experience

    Cons

    These people are very sloppy. they first call me to interview and I immediately agree to interview the next day. Two individuals conducted a phone interview and then I was told that I would actually receive a call back within a few days. while those three days turn into weeks i haven't heard back from them. I reached out to find out the status and they told me that it was still thinking about it and that they will get back to me. I have reach out again to try to get more information but still they still are thinking about and don't have a solid answer.

    I personally think that is very irresponsible when a company doesn't have to dignity and courtesy to get back to you and let you know that you don't qualify. I think that's very irresponsible and immature and unprofessional. I would not expect this from a reputable I higher learning education company.

    If that's how they do business I don't want to be part of the team just because their behavior shows in the way that they interview and follow non follow up to commitments. They sloppy , irresponsible and don't take commitment serious

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management to responsible and respectful staff

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It's who you know not what you know...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free tuition makes it worth the hassle

    Cons

    Unqualified "friend-of-a-friend" and political appointees get the jobs and promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Do not work here. Run!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    No pros about the department.

    Outside of the department, this is a good business school that will see great growth in the coming years. Dean Freeman has great plans for the future, hopefully this involves changes in the ELC.

    Cons

    Worst environment I have ever worked in. Very high turnover due to bad leadership. Not sure how it has continued to be this way for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take note of why there is such a high turnover. A new Director is way overdue for this department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    terrible salaries, better opportunities elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    large university so you will meet people

    Cons

    poor salaries, nepotism - everyone went to school here and then immediately started working here after graduation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better benefits would make up for low salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    no bueno

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The school is located in boston

    Cons

    the school is located in boston, they have an exremely biased hiring process where unqualified candidates will be chosen over well qualified ones due to merely having studied through BU in some fashion, there are some race quotas that they seek to meet as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to hire qualified people you twits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Boston University

    Former Employee - Customer Support Service  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Service in Boston, MA

    Pros

    The people are friendly, good fringe benefits

    Cons

    No room for growth, poor management

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Leadership Center at the School of Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Overall, the University is a great place to work. Nice people, great benefits, down to earth, etc.

    Cons

    Do not enter a job with the Executive Leadership Center at SMG The department is run incredibly poorly and every staff member there is treated like dirt due to the terrible, terrible leadership. Everyone at the School, and a large part of the University, know about the issues this department faces but no one will do anything about it. In addition to many other factors, there is constant turnover in the department but apparently that is not enough of a sign that something must be done with the leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place even the least bit of value on employee happiness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Management out of control

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor

    Pros

    location, location, location; good facilities at neighboring institutions

    Cons

    Poisonous atmosphere; back stabbing rampant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Could be great but is very poor due to incompetent management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I work with some of the most interesting and fascinating intelligent people. It's in a great location and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    A poisonous work environment is pervasive stemming from poor mid to high level management. There are many managers without any skills to lead people. President Brown knows about them and... does... nothing. IT management is incompetent at most levels, they seem to reward yes-people and smooth talkers more than the people who take pride in their work. IT on the med campus is in disarray and the university management does nothing about it and they do nothing to make it appealing to anyone who could come in and make it work.

    Horrible place to work and the frustrating thing is that it would be so easy to make it great. President Brown (and other senior people) clearly don't care or if they do they have a weird way of expressing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the wheat and get rid of the chaff and don't wait until the next Millenium to do it. Get rid of your butt kissers - it discourages those who actually do the work and it makes you seem too insecure to lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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