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Boston University Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
315 Reviews
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315 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.  

    A changing atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the researchers that made up our department, and the many ways to get together with everyone through seminars, colloquiums, and other groups.

    Cons

    Many of the great people left due to issues getting tenure or better offers elsewhere. BU drove away the best of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administration at BU needs to think through the big decisions it is making, as they have huge consequences for those who work there. They clearly don't spend enough time or effort on planning for the future and instead come up with quick fixes to problems and trendy programs with no regards to implementation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Employee and Undergraduate Student

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

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Getting hired, especially if one has work study, is a relatively quick process, and there are many jobs available, as well as online resources to find positions. Most departments are flexible in working around academic schedules.

    Cons

    Expectations are low for student workers, there is little to no on the job training and very few competent supervisors. Management seems to be a problem, and no one enforces basic job etiquette or interpersonal skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your employees to have some respect for the organization and for themselves. More professionalism is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Student for 4 years, work-study throughout.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work environment, great location in the city, very good education. Had a very good experience throughout my studies.

    Cons

    Work-study at the new athletic facilities was extremely restrictive and not at all indicative of "work-study." Student employees were instructed to focus all attention on the work at hand, rather than the typical work-while-you-study attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation was decent, company values were solid, but often tended to consider the student workforce as a full time dedicated workforce.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Decent employment for student workers, but wouldn't stay past graduation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support- Desktop Services in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Support- Desktop Services in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for student employees, and supervisors are understanding and accommodating when schoolwork and exams take priority. Time off was easy to obtain and I did not have to find someone to cover my shift. Training was weak, badly organized, and often at least a month into the new semester. I received most of my training informally during shifts with coworkers who had been there longer. I had great coworkers.

    Cons

    Office politics, gross preferential treatment for well-connected employees. There is not much room for growth. Some coworkers don't stick to policy and others do, causing client confusion and dissatisfaction when you don't give them special treatment.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Catering Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    No commitment to a schedule
    Sign up for what you want to work, no min or max hours
    Friendly managers and staff
    Paid to go to TIPS class and certification

    Cons

    Often unorganized
    Very limited official training
    Unpredictable hours
    Long hours when working during Commencement week
    Uniforms not available in all sizes

    Recommends
  7.  

    Worked as a student tech for the physics department and did IT.

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    Former Employee - Student Technician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Technician in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Where I worked was a fantastic enviroment for learning electronics design, I can honestly say I learned more here than in my classes. In general, my impression that the part time jobs offered to students tend to be pretty good as far as part time employment for students goes.

    Cons

    You won't get paid much as a student, but what were you expecting. The size of BU can also be dificult if you need something from another department as it's all rather bureacratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    a senior at BU

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    great view of charles river

    Cons

    always a busy city life

  9.  

    good university,nice faculty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    nice city, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    very very expensive tuition and living expense

  10.  

    Stable place to work

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

    I worked at Boston University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent health insurance benefits
    Fantastic tuition remission benefit for employee (For each semester: 100% covered for first class, 90% for second)
    Awesome vacation (4 wks)
    Great work life balance (strict 9-5)
    Stable, layoffs are rare

    Cons

    No growth or advancement opportunity since everyone's a long timer, very rare someone in managerial or directorial role to move
    Below market salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for lateral or upward movement
    Consider increasing salary for staff members with in-demand skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Large university to work for

    • 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

    career can grow and good school

    Cons

    tuition benefit can only be spent on BU courses

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