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Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, you will never be obligated to answer an email after hours and your personal life is treated with respect by management (in 42 reviews)

  • Tuition Remission is a huge bonus (in 75 reviews)

Cons
  • Little room for growth within in organization (in 9 reviews)

  • The computers were very slow, the pay was not great considering the cost of living in the Greater Boston area (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Lab Monitor job review here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Monitor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Lab Monitor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very simple job with a helpful supervisor

    Cons

    Sometimes have to cover for other employees


  2. "Experience in BU Data Coordinating Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Quality Assurance Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Data Quality Assurance Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very relax environment. All my colleagues are nice and respectful.

    Cons

    it is only for on-campus students. After I graduated, I can no longer do this job.

    Advice to Management

    Since so many people working in this center, it is a little bit hard to coordinate everyone's schedule

  3. "Staff Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tuition remission, good benefits, I'm part of the union so my hours are very standard. I also love the location.

    Cons

    Nothing really. Depending on your department you probably won't advance very far without some kind of advanced degree.


  4. "Instructional Design Web Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll be surrounded by amazingly positive and wise people,
    Great learning experience

    Cons

    It can get really quite sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  5. "Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great school, surrounded by faculty and staff who are invested in student success. The initiatives and focus of the school is modern and forward-thinking.

    Cons

    Like most universities, it can be bureaucratic at times. There are the same politics and internal conflicts that exist at most large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue seeking ways to encourage collaboration and a sense of unity among various units.


  6. "It All Depends"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Fundraiser in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BU is a very large University, so it's no surprise that everyone's experience is so varied, depending on your role, your department, and your function. Mine has been very positive, so I'm very satisfied with my career here.
    Best things about BU: pleasant work environment; generous health, vacation and retirement plans; an aspirational institutional mind set; nice people who are overall, terrific colleagues; convenient location.

    Cons

    Very few. The HR function has room for improvement.


  7. "Warren Tower"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    flexible shifts, easy to learn, clean working environment,

    Cons

    lunch hours are very busy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Does not value faculty at all, salary is below market, no work-life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BU is a relatively well-known institution, so that brings about other opportunities for consulting.

    Cons

    Expect to work 60-80 hours per week for an wage that you can't live on in the Boston area. Almost no sense of community or morale. Everyone is too busy working like mad just to survive that the culture is isolating.

    Advice to Management

    Pay faculty a fair market price, not less than salaries at UMASS Boston. Provide support for families. Stop charging obscene prices just for parking.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Dean for Finance and Technology in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Dean for Finance and Technology in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible work times, time off and great benefits

    Cons

    working with a bureaucracy that rivals a government job

    Advice to Management

    try to be more entrepreneurial which would help keep tuition rates down. look at babson college as a guiding example


  10. "BU Telefund"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Telecommunications Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston University (More than a year)

    Pros

    - very flexible hours
    - get to meet lots of fellow students (it's a work-study/on-campus job)
    - relatively straightforward wok that helps you develop some good people skills

    Cons

    - management is also students so things can fall through the cracks a lot
    - can feels dragged down if you aren't used to being told "no" a lot
    - calling subjects can take out anger on you and you're not allowed to hang up or anything

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone not from COM to run this thing... or at least not someone who can't even respond to questions from callers


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