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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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Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown
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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.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice environment, great people. I really liked it there.

    Cons

    Low salary, especially for long-time employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Grad Student of Physics Department

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Very good faculty members. They are all very talented and smart people, and they are all very nice. You can talk to any faculty member about physics, research, or any topic. Moreover, they are all very responsible people, and doing great researches themselves.

    For the student community, all are very clever and love physics. Always talk to each other academically. Besides, grad students here like to have fun, so you can expect a lot of activities organized by students.

    Physics department frequently invites speakers from other institutions or universities to give presentations, which is very helpful to broaden the perspective of knowledge.

    Cons

    There are not much free food in the department. The office for grad students who do not have advisors have no windows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is great. You can pretty much control your own time as a grad students, so doing research at your own pace is possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Administrative assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Everyone's nice and easy going

    Cons

    Not that many intelligent people

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for entry level...but not for the long haul

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    Former Employee - International Student Advisor  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - International Student Advisor in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities as it is a big campus, classes, gym, events. Opportunity for continuing education is great as they supplement tuition significantly. Coworkers are the best and overall they hire excellent people. Decent benefits package, althought short term disability could be better.

    Cons

    Large campus = lot so burocracy so sometimes it is hard to accomplish a task that has long standing change/benefits. Pay is usually slightly below market. Can b hard to advance. Sometimes felt like the work-life balance wasn't appreciated. Often made to feel that using our significant vacation time that came as part of our benefits package was a burden on the office. Quick to deduct 15 min of sick time if you had a morning dr. appt and came in 15 min late, regardless of if you were salaried, worked late, didn't take lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardize sick time policy for salaried employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great benefits, good people, overall good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Great time off including intercession over Christmas that doesn't count toward vacation time and includes around 7 days off
    -Depending on department, good people who genuinely care about one another
    -Good work/life balance
    -Tuition remission available if interested in taking classes

    Cons

    -Faculty/staff divide in certain departments
    -Not a significant amount of room to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    The professors I've worked with have been great. Knowledgable, of course, interested in helping me become a better teacher, and very accommodating when it comes to my own work.

    Cons

    The commute can be tricky if you live across the river.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A lovely part-time job

    Current Employee - Student Desk Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Student Desk Assistant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Wonderful staff— I love all my supervisors. It's a great atmosphere with lovely (brand new) facilities. The responsabilities are easy enough with a light workload.

    Cons

    It's a desk job so some days you feel as though you're doing nothing and other days it's super busy and callers are rude, but a professional staff member is always on hand to help you out.

  9.  

    Undergoing change

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

    Pros

    Top management drive to grow and improve.

    Cons

    Software support systems need integration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great paying job for students

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    Current Employee - Student Technical Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Student Technical Consultant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    The management is nice and works around your student schedule. You can easily notify them on days when you need to take off whether it be too much class work or sickness. It's above minimum wage in MA so great way to make pocket money for students. Obviously you won't get compensation as a student, but my supervisors who are full time staff are happy.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular really. May have to live heavy items, but you are given a cart to transport stuff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not the worst place to work but...

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Decent benefits, university environment, unlikely to ever be fired.

    Cons

    No one gets fired, even for not doing their jobs. Very low pay comparative to other universities in the Boston area, good employees with talent and energy are not cultivated. Little to no opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the dead weight at BU who do the absolute minimum or less just to get a paycheck. Empower your employees to think outside the box and develop the skills of those who show potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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