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Updated December 17, 2016
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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 43 reviews)

  • Tuition Remission is a huge bonus (in 70 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary considering responsibilities of the job but they can get away with it because they offer tuition remission (in 16 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. "Abusive and dishonest culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Few good people are working there.

    Cons

    Abusive and discriminate. Don't expect even the minimal level of honesty from any manager. No one will listen to your concerns regarding bulling and discrimination behavior of supervisors. HR and every other administrators believe that supervisors are allowed to treat their employees in any way they wants. You are in the mercy of your supervisor.
    Do yourself, and your career a favor and don't work there.

    Advice to Management

    Treat every employee with honesty and respect- yes even post docs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Boston University undervalues academic staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Desktop Support"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "nice place to work, but"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Questrom school of business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "commute is very challenging"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "n/a - Questrom School of Business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Work Here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free food, can work year round, management experience

    Cons

    sexual harassment incidents are swept under the rug

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees with more dignity


  10. "Graduate student perspective"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intelligent professors, strong organic faculty

    Cons

    Location is too close to the city, faculty in the organic department have been leaving and are less established than previously were

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money to recruit big time chemists


  11. Helpful (1)

    "BU cuts corners at every opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The tuition benefits as an employee are good if you are going back to school or taking classes.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, I do not feel as though BU values their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Use your buying power to allow for better benefits for employees i.e. a percentage off the MBTA pass or better health insurance packages.



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