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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
340 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 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.  

    Community advisor

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    Former Employee - Student Advisor Orientation
    Former Employee - Student Advisor Orientation

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Learning about resources on campus
    Working with students and parents

    Cons

    Very rigorous training
    Can't make students excited
    Expectations
    Depth head doesn't make you feel good about yourself/your work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stressful environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Networking, intelligent co-workers, research-focused, driven, opportunities to be multi-disciplinary.

    Cons

    Travel, communication via e-mail can be slow

  3.  

    excellent memries

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    Former Employee - Media Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Media Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    big city environment,
    professional and helpful professors,
    open atmosphere,
    opportunities to meet great alum and learn from them

    Cons

    compared to NYC, I guess Boston is still lagged behind, and also I wish I could have been more tortured at school, sometimes I guess BU could make its students busier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest the schools have more grants to help bring students go out and attend conferences in their field, where they can meet lots of people and really learn how things work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Review

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    Current Employee - Grants in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Grants in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, generous benefit and excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Glass ceiling factor. compensation not commensurate with experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is essential to

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at Boston University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice. There are all sort of awesome research going on. You just need to find where you belong.

    Cons

    Everyone seems to be disconnected. One lab does this, another does this. Nobody really knows who's doing what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Collaborate?

  7.  

    average

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    working hours is very flexible

    Cons

    you should have basic knowledge in a lot of aspects

  8.  

    A changing atmosphere

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    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
  9.  

    Employee and Undergraduate Student

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    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
  10.  

    Student for 4 years, work-study throughout.

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

    I worked at Boston University as an intern (more than a 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
  11.  

    Decent employment for student workers, but wouldn't stay past graduation.

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    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 a 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

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