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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.  

    SeeSaw Experience at Boston University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The students at BU are smart and engaged and generally wonderful. The location of campus is wonderful and there are many events and resources available to employees.

    Cons

    The disconnect between the academic side of the university and the student life side of the university is vast. There is not one BU identity and it makes the working environment difficult. They do not pour much money into pro development for staff and seem much more focused on faculty.

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    Resident Assistant

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    The team of other RAs was great. I really enjoyed working with my peers, and there is a lot of team work involved in the position. The free housing did not hurt either.

    Cons

    ResLife is completely inflexible. They seem to be able to make as many mistakes as they want, but the minute an RA makes a mistake then all hell breaks loose. You constantly feel in fear of getting fired, which is not healthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up a bit and understand that we are all students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Highly Overrated

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

    Pros

    The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU. You get 4 credits free and then 4 more credits at 90% off each academic year. Also it's pretty easy to transfer between departments.

    Cons

    The leadership in the University is oblivious and disconnected.

    The beaurocracy of working at this institution is unbelievable. There is not an easy way to navigate any system. HR, Sourcing & Procurement, etc.

    Performance is not rewarded at all. It's all about longevity here. So essentially you have faculty and staff that have been there forever but that do not contribute in any meaningful way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great faculty, great students, great work enviornment

    Cons

    None. An ideal work enviornment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Challenging lab work with prestigious and exceptional professors / researchers in their respective fields. There was plenty to learn and a lot of opportunity to grow, but most of it was self-guided. Great experience for people who can go above and beyond the call of duty and do plenty of their own work outside of the actually lab to learn more.

    Cons

    Research at the university level tends to be slow and often do not have an end product in mind. This often led to a lack of motivation. With academic research is seems as though it is all about getting your paper submission accepted and less about the actual translation of the research into a disruptive technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more on translational research, especially for the BME department at BU. BU Eng is good at giving research opportunities to all of its students.

    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Review of PhD Student from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Boston University

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Excellent location, encouraging culture, and good interpersonal relationship.

    Cons

    Less regarded since Harvard and MIT are just across the river.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The departmental employment/salary adviser could be more knowledgeable about how PhD students are employed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant at Boston University

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

    Pros

    Lots of nice professors in this school. Staff are fridendly.

    Cons

    Some courses are bad. Good professors, may not be good teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a great time working at BU, and would recommend it to anyone.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Good insurance, opportunities for education, free tuition. Fun city. Great work environment, stimulating, fun. It's very exciting to live in such a vibrant city.

    Cons

    I can't think of any specific cons. If you are an admin, it can be frustrating that other people get to do the "cool jobs" and you don't. If that's the case.... take the opportunities to gain more training! Boston con = expensive city!

  10.  

    Overall good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Had plenty of time between jobs. I was able to get my homework done (I was still taking in college) during the time.

    Cons

    no complaints about the job

  11.  

    Masters's degree student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good facilities and Good professors

    Cons

    I have not yet found out

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