Boston University Reviews

Updated 30 September, 2014
Updated 30 September, 2014
291 Reviews
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Pros
  • The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU (in 25 reviews)

  • Great work life balance (strict 9-5) (in 10 reviews)


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

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

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  1.  

    Not a bad place to get a Masters

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    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 for 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
  2.  

    Catering Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University part-time

    Pros

    No commitment to a schedule
    Sign up for what you want to work, no min or max hours
    Friendly managers and staff
    Paid to go to TIPS class and certification

    Cons

    Often unorganized
    Very limited official training
    Unpredictable hours
    Long hours when working during Commencement week
    Uniforms not available in all sizes

    Recommends
  3.  

    a senior at BU

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    great view of charles river

    Cons

    always a busy city life

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  5.  

    Worked as a student tech for the physics department and did IT.

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    Former Employee - Student Technician  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Technician in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Where I worked was a fantastic enviroment for learning electronics design, I can honestly say I learned more here than in my classes. In general, my impression that the part time jobs offered to students tend to be pretty good as far as part time employment for students goes.

    Cons

    You won't get paid much as a student, but what were you expecting. The size of BU can also be dificult if you need something from another department as it's all rather bureacratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good university,nice faculty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    nice city, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    very very expensive tuition and living expense

  7.  

    Stable place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent health insurance benefits
    Fantastic tuition remission benefit for employee (For each semester: 100% covered for first class, 90% for second)
    Awesome vacation (4 wks)
    Great work life balance (strict 9-5)
    Stable, layoffs are rare

    Cons

    No growth or advancement opportunity since everyone's a long timer, very rare someone in managerial or directorial role to move
    Below market salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for lateral or upward movement
    Consider increasing salary for staff members with in-demand skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Large university to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    career can grow and good school

    Cons

    tuition benefit can only be spent on BU courses

  9.  

    Graduate student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Loved the people and the focus on research

    Cons

    Doctoral grad students have little guidance on next steps and no career center to help

  10.  

    Boston University School of Public Health researcher (non-faculty)

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone I've worked with in the school of public health is really friendly, open, and collaborative when it comes to work. I've always felt welcome in my department and have felt very supported and encouraged by my colleagues. My boss is fantastic and allows me to flex my hours and work from home frequently, and I get to work with other SPH professors who are equally supportive and really value mentoring.

    Cons

    As with any University, there is a fair amount of bureaucracy and administrative red-tape when it comes to some research activities. This is pretty typical but is definitely a con if you choose to work in an academic environment. I would also say that the SPH campus does not feel very safe, especially for women, and it can be stressful walking to/from campus. Finally, while the benefits are good you should know that if you are hired at the beginning of the month, you have to go the rest of that month without health insurance as it kicks in the month following your hire date. That was a little tricky but otherwise have had no problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, it would be great to make employees' health insurance kick in on their date of hire, and not the first day of the month following their hire date.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mouse in a box

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    (1) Great location. (2) A chance to turn hundreds of colleagues into friends. (3) Room for some advancement, though not much room and not much advancement. (4) Expanding your skill set. (5) You'll learn how to understand organization behavior. (6) Diversity makes things interesting.

    Cons

    Work is NEVER finished. Really bad pay. Terrible parking situation. An easy place to feel invisible. Benefits are just standard. You feel like you're punching a clock. I don't understand how staff managers are hired... must be solely about seniority,

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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