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Boston University Reviews

Updated April 28, 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 71 reviews)

Cons
  • no room for growth and can sometimes feel unheard (in 9 reviews)

  • Low salary considering responsibilities of the job but they can get away with it because they offer tuition remission (in 16 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Love teaching; more benefits expected"

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


  2. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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,


  3. "IT Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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  5. "Postdoctoral associate. Full-time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good seminars and journal clubs. Ambitious research climate and good funding.

    Cons

    My supervisor was rude and micro-managing me to a large degree.

    Advice to Management

    Larger mandated postdoctoral influence over research projects.


  6. "Resourceful Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. "Great College to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing connections. Fair pay. Competitive hours. They give you everything you need to succeed especially as a student working for the school.

    Cons

    Some of the management are well rounded in areas they have to oversee. In these cases the management feels over-reached, but it has never been detrimental.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more upper management that specializes in subareas of responsibility to maximize efficiency and decrease confusion.


  8. "Teaching Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Brookline, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Boston University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work and Good salary

    Cons

    Needs to be more organized


  9. "Associate Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, many career opportunities

    Cons

    A very large organization in an extremely busy city

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people with good ideas


  10. "Research title"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Brookline, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great people and convenient traffic

    Cons

    expensive living. low salary increase rate.


  11. "Lab Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with some of the coolest marine animals, awesome boss (Justin Scace), flexible hours, great people.

    Cons

    None! Slightly messy lab but they're working on cleaning it up :)

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone that likes to organize if you can!


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