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Updated September 14, 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 44 reviews)

  • Tuition Remission is a huge bonus (in 78 reviews)

Cons
  • Very little room for growth or movement (in 10 reviews)

  • The computers were very slow, the pay was not great considering the cost of living in the Greater Boston area (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's okay, working for them isn't that great."

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    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

    Everyone around you is supporting.

    Cons

    The school itself doesn't care about you, all they care about is money.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Professor"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Admissions is getting more selective over the years, as a result the student population is brighter and more capable which leads to a better classroom experience. The alumni have been increasingly more interested in staying connected.

    Cons

    The administration, particularly the assistant deans are obsessed with cost containment and research. They do not seem to care much about the student experience or non research faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Treat faculty as if Boston University cares about their service to the students. Recognize non-research faculty for their contributions including adjunct faculty.

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  4. "Teribble place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Basically none. Very hard to find.

    Cons

    Plenty of bulling, and mistreatment, together with illegal activities, harassment and discrimination, that got cover up by higher mangers.
    It is a career killer to work there. especially for females.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Boston University undervalues academic staff"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Boston University has a well-recognized brand. Working for such an organization would raise one'e professional profile.

    Cons

    The pay for an adjunct is absolutely poor. If you want to be paid anything close to what you are worth as a professional, this is definitely not the place for you. No benefits are given either. Organizations such as these profit immensely by having students pay huge fees yet they don't pay their talent well.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain good talent, specifically adjunct faculty, simply pay them fairly.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Desktop Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very polite staff. Very courteous and helpful.

    Cons

    Extremely condescending managers. Because you're an at-will employee they will treat you like crap and let go of you if you speak up against them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a check on your managers' attitudes.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "nice place to work, but"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - many smart collaborators in town to work with
    - nice dental plan
    - nice office environment
    - research support cores are good
    - easy to commute

    Cons

    - salary is too tight for living near Boston if you have dependents.
    - no salary increase after more than 5 years of work
    - lies and mistreatments in some departments in busm.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Questrom school of business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good university. Great students. Nice staff. Good retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Questrom School of Business is a revolving door. Staff are overworked, undervalued and demeaned.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and remove all senior leadership. Otherwise, invest in training managers to develop their teams and train them on politically correct behavior. Ageism, sexism, and discrimination have no place in the workforce in the year 2016.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "commute is very challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    it is at a very good location.

    Cons

    the benefit is poor, especially the healthcare insurance part.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "n/a - Questrom School of Business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Students are competent. Nice to make a difference working with them.

    Cons

    Administration is money and personal agenda focused, not program or student focused.

    Advice to Management

    Think about each of the degrees and programs associated with them and how to improve the student's experience


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