Boston University Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
281 Reviews
3.8
281 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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    Graduate student teaching fellow

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great facilities and professors. nice perks and retirement plan options, beautiful campus and great people

    Cons

    Poor pay and promotions. I think the graduate stipends have been the exact same for decades with little to no increase for inflation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation to properly adjust for inflation! I think the graduate stipends have been the exact same for decades with little to no increase for inflation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Loved the people and the focus on research

    Cons

    Doctoral grad students have little guidance on next steps and no career center to help

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    Boston University School of Public Health researcher (non-faculty)

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone I've worked with in the school of public health is really friendly, open, and collaborative when it comes to work. I've always felt welcome in my department and have felt very supported and encouraged by my colleagues. My boss is fantastic and allows me to flex my hours and work from home frequently, and I get to work with other SPH professors who are equally supportive and really value mentoring.

    Cons

    As with any University, there is a fair amount of bureaucracy and administrative red-tape when it comes to some research activities. This is pretty typical but is definitely a con if you choose to work in an academic environment. I would also say that the SPH campus does not feel very safe, especially for women, and it can be stressful walking to/from campus. Finally, while the benefits are good you should know that if you are hired at the beginning of the month, you have to go the rest of that month without health insurance as it kicks in the month following your hire date. That was a little tricky but otherwise have had no problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, it would be great to make employees' health insurance kick in on their date of hire, and not the first day of the month following their hire date.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Server at School of Management Catering

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Server in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Managers have always been easy to get along with, flexible.
    Free food, the work is pretty easy, pays better than minimum wage.
    Perfect for students, easy part-time weekend job for working post-grads.

    Cons

    High manager, employee turnover.
    Can be a hectic environment at times.
    Promotions are rare, no opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize long-time employees to stay by offering higher wages than those offered to new servers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Excellent, stimulating, environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Excellent resources available for research, support staff is friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Too big, requests and requisitions frequently get lost.

  7.  

    Overqualified

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Paid for doing 40 hours of work, only doing 1 hour of work each day.

    Cons

    No work to do. Extremely bored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give me something to do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research as grad student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed environment, no crazy politics, friendly people

    Cons

    School is not very reputable compared to the surrounding Ivy League schools. Some not so competitive labs, and not so competent professors. Not a very scientifically stimulating environment.

  9.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Development  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Development in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salaries a bit lower, but perks a bit higher than average.

    Cons

    Have to have patience to get through the paperwork when applying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to check in with your staff regularly. Don't make assumptions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Mediocre Employer

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    Current Employee - Data Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Paid intersessions off, tuition remission (for full-time employees), a lot of very interesting research.

    Cons

    Working for a grant-funded entity is stressful and job security is iffy. BU has a pretty slow hiring process. Professors/PIs divide their time between too many things and lack time to dedicate to staff needs. Lack of career advancement and skills development opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good Work Life Balance but Not Much Innovation

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    Current Employee - Administration  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administration in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. The benefits are pretty good as well. For the most part, students seem engaged though less interested in actual learning than in furthering job/career prospects.

    Cons

    Decisions are made at a glacial pace. Pay is not the best for higher ed jobs in the region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on the rankings game and choose actual educational goals if you want to become a leader in higher education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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