Boston University Reviews

Updated 30 October, 2014
Updated 30 October, 2014
306 Reviews
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306 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 25 reviews)

  • Stability, generous benefit and excellent work life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • There is not much room for growth (in 5 reviews)

  • Cost of living in Boston is expensive (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    UROP is a great program

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively easy to get funding and experience doing an academic project

    Cons

    The quality of your experience will be largely determined by your adviser, training could be great, but it could also be practically non-existent. Compensation is definitely on the low side, if you do the math, the UROP stipend comes out to only slightly above half of minimum wage; on the other hand, there is no requirement to fill a time sheet per se.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work with but not a lot of room to grow.

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    - Tuition Remission
    - Paid Vacation
    - Retirement/Saving plan for employees
    Work with nice people with regular office schedule

    Cons

    Poor management. People who work hard but do not get along well with management team could be kicked out.
    Job promotion can be tough and not a lot of room to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could be more professional and less personal issue. Need fair play.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, laid-back culture, friendly facilities personnel. Enjoyed the academic environment and the vacation days were good. End of semesters can get quite busy.

    Cons

    Advancement is not easy, minimal pay raises. I felt stagnant at times and bored without being able to advance professionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance was pretty good. maybe make performance reviews more routine

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning Experience for students

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the lab

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits: health insurance, dental, 4 weeks vacation

    Cons

    lower base salary than you might get at a private company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Community advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Advisor Orientation
    Former Employee - Student Advisor Orientation

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Learning about resources on campus
    Working with students and parents

    Cons

    Very rigorous training
    Can't make students excited
    Expectations
    Depth head doesn't make you feel good about yourself/your work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stressful environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Networking, intelligent co-workers, research-focused, driven, opportunities to be multi-disciplinary.

    Cons

    Travel, communication via e-mail can be slow

  9.  

    excellent memries

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    Former Employee - Media Intern in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Media Intern in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    big city environment,
    professional and helpful professors,
    open atmosphere,
    opportunities to meet great alum and learn from them

    Cons

    compared to NYC, I guess Boston is still lagged behind, and also I wish I could have been more tortured at school, sometimes I guess BU could make its students busier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest the schools have more grants to help bring students go out and attend conferences in their field, where they can meet lots of people and really learn how things work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grants in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Grants in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Stability, generous benefit and excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Glass ceiling factor. compensation not commensurate with experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is essential to

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice. There are all sort of awesome research going on. You just need to find where you belong.

    Cons

    Everyone seems to be disconnected. One lab does this, another does this. Nobody really knows who's doing what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Collaborate?

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