Boston University Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
300 Reviews
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300 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 25 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.  

    Director of IT

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    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Information Technology in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great culture to share opinions, grow intellectually and professionally.

    Cons

    The campus is beautiful, right in the heart of Boston. It can be a challenge to commute to though, but not a reflection overall of the University itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging personal and professional growth!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Varies greatly by department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Balance of student life and work life while studying at BU.

    Cons

    work can be redundant, frequently running arounds around campus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on giving student employees skills that they can take with them after graduation.

  3.  

    good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    facility is good , and people is nice. you can meet lots of people from all over the world

    Cons

    Tuition is little bit high.

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  5.  

    Boston University Aquatics

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    Former Employee - Swimming Instructor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Swimming Instructor in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Paid well for a swim instructor job

    Cons

    Poor management - a lot of corruption and unfair practices going on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    This is a good place to work at, but management is a bit in turmoil trying to evolve into a modern organization.

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, full-timers can take advantage of free or significant tuition discounts for self and family. Commute can be a pain.

    Cons

    Commute is a problem if you live outside Boston. Management structure is in turmoil.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK but limiting

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

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

    Pros

    - Good experience
    - Good working environment if you get placed with a good professor

    Cons

    - Pay is limiting. You're not allowed to work any additional jobs. Making $20K and ONLY $20K in Boston is pretty low pay considering cost of living. This makes it hard to finish the academic program and a number of people have dropped out of my PhD program because of it.
    - Restrictions on not being able to work mean grad students no longer have the opportunity to teach their own courses at MET or other universities. This is seriously hurting graduates' abilities to secure jobs. In my field you HAVE to have teaching experience and now we are no longer allowed to get that.
    - Long hours when grading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow advisors to determine if grad students can handle taking on an additional job such as teaching a course.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty typical graduate school experience.

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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

    - Good compensation for grad students
    - Focused course requirements
    - Good resources / equipment

    BU can be a great place for grad school. They don't have crazy requirements for the program, it can be very self-structured, and there's a lot of great resources.

    Cons

    - Lots of poor oversight
    - Atmosphere can be stifling

    I think graduate school in general is on a downhill trend right now. "Advising" tends to be pretty minimal, there's a lot of egos to deal with, and it doesn't always feel like there's someone out there trying to help you succeed.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Lack of leadership and work/life balance is lip service

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to try a lot of new things

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, getting promoted or transferred is like pulling teeth, morale is horrible and supervisors seem to be oblivious to it, and work/life balance would be great if you could actually take advantage of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for your actions. Deliver on your promises or else people will continue to leave in large numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Located in Boston - arguably the most intellectual city in the country, BU is one of the top research universities in the world.

    Cons

    Proximity to Fenway makes commuting a nightmare on game days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be adjusted for the high cost of living for the city.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall, very positive with a few bureaucratic issues, but that's all par for the course at a big institution.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Great benefits, access to some of the best faculty and students in the world, being a part of an innovative teaching and research institution

    Cons

    High cost of parking, bureaucracy in terms of raises and taking vacation days, little opportunity for promotion without an opening in the department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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