Boston University Reviews

Updated 26 August, 2014
Updated 26 August, 2014
277 Reviews

3.8
277 Reviews
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Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown
Robert A. Brown
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits, full-timers can take advantage of free or significant tuition discounts for self and family (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No room for growth, poor management (in 4 reviews)

  • Work-life balance varies depending on the office and supervisors that you have (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent, stimulating, environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Excellent resources available for research, support staff is friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Too big, requests and requisitions frequently get lost.

  2.  

    Overqualified

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Paid for doing 40 hours of work, only doing 1 hour of work each day.

    Cons

    No work to do. Extremely bored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give me something to do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Research as grad student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed environment, no crazy politics, friendly people

    Cons

    School is not very reputable compared to the surrounding Ivy League schools. Some not so competitive labs, and not so competent professors. Not a very scientifically stimulating environment.

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  5.  

    Mediocre Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Paid intersessions off, tuition remission (for full-time employees), a lot of very interesting research.

    Cons

    Working for a grant-funded entity is stressful and job security is iffy. BU has a pretty slow hiring process. Professors/PIs divide their time between too many things and lack time to dedicate to staff needs. Lack of career advancement and skills development opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Work Life Balance but Not Much Innovation

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    Current Employee - Administration  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Administration in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. The benefits are pretty good as well. For the most part, students seem engaged though less interested in actual learning than in furthering job/career prospects.

    Cons

    Decisions are made at a glacial pace. Pay is not the best for higher ed jobs in the region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on the rankings game and choose actual educational goals if you want to become a leader in higher education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Large bureaucratic machine, very hierarchical

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    Current Employee - IT Staff  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Staff in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of positions to choose from, not a very rigorous hiring process, good benefits. Tuition remission is good if you hold a staff position until you get your degree then leave, immediately.

    Cons

    No institutional plan for professional growth, promoting from within not a part of culture, salaries low compared to local schools and much lower compared to industry, minimal cost of living increases instead of performance-based raises, excessively hierarchical in structure and thinking, staff discouraged from thinking creatively or showing initiative because of a lot of very insecure, entrenched director-level and above staff who primarily serve the appearance of their value to the executive leadership. As at most universities, staff are at the bottom of the totem pole at BU and are openly considered expendable and easily replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you treat staff like transient student workers, they will behave as such. When you do not recognize and reward effort and initiative, no matter how threatening it may appear to stagnant management thinking, good talent will exercise their options and leave. You're left with mediocre workers not invested in constant improvement but just maintaining the status quo and lying low. And when you promote people to senior leadership positions based on their connections and not their experience, training, or demonstrated aptitude for leadership, you encourage a situation where the executive sees his unit only in terms of his own advancement and privileges. Leaders aren't created when anointed. As they say in the military, a leader is someone you would follow even if you didn't have to. BU could learn much from the military's development of leaders and much from the tech industry in encouraging ground-level creativity by reducing the oppressive levels of hierarchy in decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Laboratory Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    I worked here for a summer in the cognitive neurobiology lab. I had a great time and met great people. The staff is really friendly; including lot of young students. The work was also very interesting.

    Cons

    Although I was only a laboratory assistant for a few short months, I would expect the pay to be a little bit higher.

  9.  

    Residency at Boston University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Great environment, high workload, excellent work experience

    Cons

    Limited clinical work space at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    world-class university

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    urban, international, gym, great neuroscience community in Boston

    Cons

    BU is not very campusey

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Proshop Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    It was a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    It was an uncomfortable work space.

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