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Updated 15 April, 2015
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Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 26 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. Helpful (1)

    Senior Program Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great community of educators. Tuition remission is a really good benefit and every employee should take advantage of it, as salaries are lower than other competing universities.

    Cons

    Inefficient job application process. Not a clear path to career development (at least for union jobs). "Guided" performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Try to review internal talent and promote current employees. Union jobs are not very appealing, as there is very little mobility.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Flexible hours, understanding

    Former Employee - Office Assistant
    Former Employee - Office Assistant

    I worked at Boston University part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very willing to work with a student schedule. I really enjoyed worthing with the office I was an assistant to--paid well and friendly.

    Cons

    The work was repetitive and boring. Lots of time spent on the phone and lots of dealing with annoyed students and parents.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Desktop Support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, pay is OK but could be better,

    Cons

    No job growth. Very small IT community at the university.

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  5. Great faculty and facilities!

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    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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Mechanical Engineering department was great while doing my PhD. The faculty and staff were excellent, very helpful in all aspects. The facilities were top notch when it came to research computing. It might not have as big of a name as other institutions, but it has given me a great education.

    Cons

    The College of Engineering is still young and small. But give it time and the department and programs will grow.

  6. Voice Actor

    Former Employee - Voice Actor in Wellesley, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Voice Actor in Wellesley, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    BU was well equipped with a soundproof booth and a script on an iPad.

    Cons

    I prefer to stand while voice acting but they it was set up so I had to remain seated. Not a big problem though.

  7. Great place to learn and take authority over projects.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Too slow in decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Hire excellent talent.

  8. Pleasant working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Staff are usually professional and educated.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than normal. Location of main campus is bad for car access.

  9. Great employer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Knowledgeable management, recently restructured the department and have become much more organized. Great opportunity for student staff as well as full time employment.

    Cons

    Many policies tend to be old; a lot of doing things because it's the way it's always been done. Software is a bit outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring was a good start, but it's time to modernize. Everyone seems willing to do it, but it requires more money and organization than has so far been available

  10. Helpful (1)

    Terrible pay but good tuition remission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    BU will pay for most of your graduate degree, which is a great benefit.

    Cons

    But otherwise, salaries are terrible and there are few opportunities to move up in the organization.

  11. I work as a Resident Assistant at Boston University. The job pays for my room/board, and meal plan. It's a great place!

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working as an RA is an excellent opportunity. Because the hiring process is so strict, you are only working with people who share your values. Teamwork is very important in this job, but it's fun because your co-workers are all high quality employees.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to toe the line between being a friend to your residents, and being the enforcer of rules. But the training that you receive at the beginning is so comprehensive that I didn't have any trouble

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management is fantastic. Very supportive, always willing to speak with you if you have an issue. They always give positive feedback.

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