Boston University Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
302 Reviews
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302 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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    Community advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    excellent memries

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    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?

  10.  

    Not a bad place to get a Masters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    AS a theatre student there are a large number of opportunities in the area to practice your craft and to make a decent wage doing so. Any one who is not afraid of handwork and dedication will do well here. Classes only meet once a week allowing a good bit of time for projects and homework to be completed and the professors are more than willing to meet you in their office to help you out when you are struggling.

    Cons

    The hours are long, the work is hard, and often the Huntington is just plain in the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes taking the time to rest isn't such a bad idea.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Employee and Undergraduate Student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Getting hired, especially if one has work study, is a relatively quick process, and there are many jobs available, as well as online resources to find positions. Most departments are flexible in working around academic schedules.

    Cons

    Expectations are low for student workers, there is little to no on the job training and very few competent supervisors. Management seems to be a problem, and no one enforces basic job etiquette or interpersonal skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach your employees to have some respect for the organization and for themselves. More professionalism is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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