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Updated August 10, 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 10 reviews)

  • No cost of living or inflation increase (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "BU is a good destination for a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Because BU is not Harvard or MIT, it tends to be a little more low key. This is a bit of a double-edged sword. Being a grad student, you definitely sense a bit of the inferiority complex, but at the same time, it's not nearly as cutthroat and allows you a little more freedom to live life outside of the lab. And being in Boston has it's perks both socially and academically. There are great resources in this town and ample opportunity for collaboration. For a postdoc position it would be a good place interact with a vibrant scientific community without a lot of the insane academic rivarly that might come with some other places.

    Cons

    It's not Harvard or MIT

    Advice to Management

    From where I sit, I don't have a lot of contact with Senior Management. The department and section chairs of my departments have always been terrific though.


  2. "Yes, BU=BUreaucratic & academia is not lucrative, but the staff has good connections & the work atmosphere is great."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was very satisfied with the staff; everyone is intelligent, usually coming from Ivy League universities, and principal investigators are well connected.

    Cons

    Academia just doesn't pay well in general, and BU doesn't have the endowment of some neighboring institutions.

    Advice to Management

    If increasing salaries is not an option, perhaps offer more benefits and perks.

  3. "BU has real people working for it"

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    Former Employee - Student Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Consultant in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All you need is the right boss! Throughout the university there's all kinds of red tape to deal with, true, but if you're in the right office under the supervision of a good manager it doesn't matter. All of the red tape can go flying right out the window! Especially if you're working for a department that has a reasonable budget, which can depend a lot on the department chair and how smooth that person is in meetings. So if your department chair gets your department a good budget and you have a boss who can act like a real person you're all set.

    Cons

    Well, all of the red tape, like I mentioned above.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  4. "Library Recycling Program Head"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Ability to set own schedule
    -Very friendly management and co-workers
    -Personal freedoms, regarding attire, things you can do during work, etc.

    Cons

    -Like any other college, can get very busy during the high-traffic school times, such as right before finals, and before vacations, etc.

    Advice to Management

    No real complaints to report. If anything, I would like to make it clear that much of the library management is fantastic and friendly.


  5. "EMT"

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    Former Employee - EMT in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - EMT in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Fun people ,relaxing yet challenging environment. Absolutely fantastic, fantastic continuing educational curriculum program mangement. Opportunities to teach classes as well as learn.

    Cons

    Boring at times due to a lack of patients and a general boring environment, being in a large gym with few people.

    Advice to Management

    Bosses are great and the best I have ever worked for, if only bosses could be as good as the ones at this job.


  6. "Good people, good work, makes a difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Capable co-workers
    - Thoughtful, qualified managers
    - Significant potential for growth if you want it

    Cons

    - Some older facilities.
    - Working for an exclusive client base.


  7. "Very good."

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    Current Employee - Staff in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Staff in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work. Nice work Environment.

    Cons

    Boston is an expensive city.Living cost is high.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  8. "Fantastic. Plenty of bright, productive scientists."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great city, good support from top down. Internal spending towards future growth/development.

    Cons

    Baseball-related traffic. Some undergraduates clueless (but that's everywhere...)


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - IT Support in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Support in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    metropolitan location, great place to work.

    Cons

    I can't find any thing negative to say. I wish some people were friendlier. additionally, I wish the salaries were higher.


  10. "I have been having a very enjoyable learning experience at Boston University."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BU provides a very diversified, open, inviting and supportive environment. People here are very energetic and great to work with.

    Cons

    I wish the campus was bigger so there will be more places for students to hang out.


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