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Updated September 24, 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 43 reviews)

  • Tuition Remission is a huge bonus (in 77 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. "Good benefits package"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    Factor into the package the value of a generous tuition discount, 401K retirement plan, life insurance, disability insurance. Large institution with multiple schools and colleges, each having their own communications needs and positions. Reasonable work-life balance, depending upon the actual position and manager.

    Cons

    Difficult to get living wage if you're trying to live in boston, Brookline, or nearby surrounding communities.


  2. "Lots if Autonomy, not enough money"

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

    I worked at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    You have a lot of autonomy of your work. I learned a lot of new skills from working at BU. Fun people to work with.

    Good benefits, especially if you are trying to further your education. Lots of PTO and sick time.

    Cons

    The pay is very low for the skills needed for the job. The higher-ups in management are great people and very good at what they do however they are so busy with their own projects and putting out fires to manage the projects of the designers under them.

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    It is very flexible and easy to combine with school

    Cons

    There are a lot of changes going on


  4. "nice working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    co-workers are nice, managers are nice.

    Cons

    hours and hours of standing. Can be boring sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    not much. Maybe provide shorter shifts.


  5. "Grad Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Boston University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work culture and positive work environment

    Cons

    Difficult courses and tough getting work authorization for international students


  6. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    work hours are good and great work life balance

    Cons

    no career development and no job security


  7. "Good place to work, but some potholes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring place to work, fun co-workers, a lot of really positive changes happening. Medical and dental insurance is the best and most reasonably priced I have EVER seen - if you have a family, take advantage of it. Retirement plan (even with recent changes) is outstanding.

    Cons

    They boast of 12 weeks parental leave...but it's dependent by department and how their HR liaison understands and interprets it and relays it to you. Mine told me I could only take 7 weeks, even though I had been there a decade and had over 12 weeks of sick and vacation saved up. HR did not help at all when I asked for clarification.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline communication about the parental leave process across departments.

  8. "Overall a wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Pros

    Lots of on campus perks, exceptional benefits, intelligent and industrious coworkers, rarely do folks work late unless they want to, opportunities to build new skills

    Cons

    Underpaid for the work we do, bureaucracy and university politics getting in the way of quality, efficient work, inability to move ahead in career unless others leave first

    Advice to Management

    Be brave enough to suggest risk-taking to senior leadership


  9. "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.


  10. "good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    learned alot, good tuition remission benefts

    Cons

    salary very low for boston living expenses


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