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Boston University School of Medicine Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  • Low pay for internship over the summer (in 4 reviews)

  • The pay raise is really bad, there is not much room for growth (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Vibrant biomedical campus"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boston University School of Medicine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to complete PhD or postdoctoral training, right in the heart of Boston and proximal to the Partners/Longwood medical and Cambridge biopharmaceutical/biotechnology areas. The medical campus has all of the biomedical research resources you could ask for. In my experience, faculty members are well-funded and doing impactful research.

    Cons

    Could be located closer to MBTA subway stations. Some of the buildings are very old and occasionally have facilities issues.


  2. "Good Job, Low Pay"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Independence
    Good work-life balance
    Upward mobility
    Snow days
    Generous vacation and sick time, plus intersession!
    Relatively casual dress code (my office, at least)

    Cons

    Poor health/dental plan
    Tend to feel like a cog in a machine
    Low pay
    Sometimes difficult to get things done quickly due to size & hierarchy of University
    Experience largely depends on which office you work for

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for your administrative staff and raise pay to be more competitive. Everyone I know who has left the University has done so because they can make $10k+ more doing the exact same job somewhere else. My last office lost 4 employees in a year for this reason.

  3. "Staff Research Associate at Boston University School of Medicine"

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    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    good Benefits and job opportunities later on. Opportunities to advance in payscale. Very world-renown staff and faculty

    Cons

    The area is not the easiest to commute/navigate to especially during rush hour.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at hiring students from the same institution - they are very well educated and sets a good precedent


  4. "Clinical Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Brighton, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Brighton, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Boston University School of Medicine (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work environment and co-workers are wonderful

    Cons

    the specific study I worked on required you to do the same work every day--would have liked more responsibility


  5. "Educational Media"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Boston University School of Medicine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many wonderful students, staff and faculty to bring worth to the work performed. Work/Life balance is fairly good for senior management and entry level positions (not mid-level staff)

    Cons

    Inept and hostile department management. BUSM overlooked an unsafe and unhealthy work environment and held back those who spoke up. The salary was far below the median with a promise of taking classes tuition free, however that was never allowed because of the extended work hours and a virtual 'on-call' status

    Advice to Management

    Put aside the fear of others who are more qualified and create a stronger department. Do not abuse the Exempt employee with unpaid overtime hours.


  6. "Research Technician"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours due to close relationship with PI
    BU subsidized T pass for easier transportation along with BU shuttle

    Cons

    Be ready for long hours at the bench
    Commute can be very annoying at times
    Expect to be flexible with your time and put in some hours over the weekend


  7. "Project Manger"

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    Former Employee - Project & Technology Support Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project & Technology Support Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Boston University School of Medicine (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Excellent benefits including tuition remission and more vacation days than what other corporate companies offer.

    Cons

    Uneven workflow due to the nature of education. Job Structure doesn't match corporate structures, making it somewhat difficult to find the next job.

  8. "living cost in Boston is high"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    enjoy the academic freedom a lot

    Cons

    understaffed for a while and every one is very busy


  9. "Graduate student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student, PhD in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student, PhD in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Competitive stipend, good health plan

    Cons

    No dental plan, campus location is horrible


  10. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Boston University School of Medicine (More than a year)

    Pros

    Despite surrounded by lot of bureaucracy, they have great benefits for employees!

    Cons

    Salary as postdoc is determined by NIH and it doesn't consider the cost of living of the Boston area.


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