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Updated July 18, 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. "Administrator"

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    • 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.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    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

  3. "BU School of Public Health"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and great leadership.

    Cons

    Boston is expensive on a post-doc salary!


  4. "Office Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes the weather isn't great


  5. "Solid school and employers"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Professor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Up to date facilities. Good colleagues, pays pretty well

    Cons

    overly bureaucratic with many administrative hurdles to go through for faculty


  6. "Education Program Management"

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    Former Employee - Curriculum Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Curriculum Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work schedule, vacation and great colleagues.

    Cons

    Little room for growth within in organization.


  7. "Chill Job, Not Incredibly High-Maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Rarely asked to do something besides answering phones/maintenance requests
    -Friendly staff, approachable superiors

    Cons

    -Forced to work during finals week

    Advice to Management

    Make finals week more of a voluntary basis and try to develop a system for moving out that isn't too overwhelming

  8. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Getting paid to learn each day! Working 1 on 1 with some of the smartest professors in the world on high-level research.

    Cons

    Some of the research is very much side work that never sees the light of day and your name never appears on.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with assistants, perhaps creating a consistent time slot each week.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love teaching; more benefits expected"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love teaching. flexible hours of work

    Cons

    Salary could be improved according to the living standard of a city such as Boston
    More benefits could be added. Dental insurance is not there. These insurances are necessity these days.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, including 4 weeks of vacation when you start (plus a week off between Christmas & New Years), and the most generous retirement plan I've seen anywhere (complicated formula, and the specifics are in the process of changing, but essentially they match at 2-3x the employee's contribution). Workplace environment will vary wildly depending on which department you're in; mine gives me an extremely high degree of freedom, autonomy, and flexibility.

    Cons

    You can't spell "bureaucracy" without "BU". Offices such as HR, purchasing, payroll, IT, etc can be infuriatingly opaque and inflexible to deal with for even very simple transactions. Salaries are not as generous as in the private sector. Opportunities for advancement may be limited, as there is a tendency to fill even low-level management positions from outside hires instead of promoting internally.

    Advice to Management

    There is a widely-held feeling among BU staff that the administration views them primarily as a cost center, rather than a valuable asset upon which everything depends. BU has been raking in record profits in recent years, but has not been investing in its people at all, which is unfortunate and short-sighted.


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