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Updated June 13, 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. "BU Telefund"

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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


  2. "Seemingly great benefits, with some contingencies"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tuition remission, healthcare, 401K match after 2 years employment

    Cons

    Tuition remission is counted as taxable income and they only pay 100% for first 4 hours per semester, 401K match after 2 years does not begin if you are a student employee

    Advice to Management

    Make tuition remission not taxable income


  3. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very comfortable, very friendly, plus you can get any degree almost free.

    Cons

    Surprisingly, BU is very inert


  4. "The Physics department treats its grads well, until it doesn't"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physics Graduate PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Physics Graduate PhD Student in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You are guaranteed funding for 5 years
    - Your pay is quite good for a grad student salary (even in Boston)
    - Their courses are challenging

    Cons

    - It takes a long time to get into research
    - They kick out a lot of students using the Comprehensive Exams
    - Teaching hours are long, and coursework is difficult to balance effectively. You will likely need to make concessions.

    Advice to Management

    - Ease up on initial coursework
    - De-emphasize the Comprehensive Exams
    - Accelerate entry into research
    - Improve training for jobs outside of academia


  5. "Poor Pay, Decent Benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Traffic Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Traffic Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance - in at 9, leave at 5, with an hour for lunch
    Good Health Plan - low deductible, which is covered by employer funded FSA

    Cons

    Poor compensation - the pay is abysmal and barely negotiable, there are no bonuses, and merit increases are 3% and lower
    Strong Office Politics - upper management in my department looks out for itself, everyone is expected to show deference. People are hired based upon how "moldable" they are perceived to be

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    tuition remission, benefits, flexible with class schedule

    Cons

    low salary and title driven,


  7. "Resourceful Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The Director of Postdoctoral Affairs is awesome!

    Cons

    The culture could be stand offish. You have to be proactive.


  8. "Politics, low salaries"

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

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

    Pros

    Urban campus in a great Boston location. Intercession break for administrators. Tuition remission of 90% after some service, so a great deal if you have a child about to go to college ... Provided they are accepted.

    Cons

    Politics; long-time senior executives - mostly male. Unions coming in; workplace is not welcoming to new administrator staff; everyone seems confused by how to complete simple business processes; faculty treat staff poorly; innovation not rewarded; strong antibodies to change.


  9. "Great place if you're looking to pay for your education through BU"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boston University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tuition remission for full-time employees, 2 weeks vacation plus many university holidays off

    Cons

    Low salary considering responsibilities of the job but they can get away with it because they offer tuition remission


  10. "Good school"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very good atmosphere for working, making connections, and bunch of things. I think I should say I recommend it.

    Cons

    Due to financial difficulty, it was hard to complete a PhD without any secure funding. That a bad thing about non-major engineering school.

    Advice to Management

    I strongly recommend whoever thinks about coming to BU, consider the financial difficulty of such programs if funding is not secured.


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