Boston University Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown
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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. I love working for Boston University.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Kind people with similar mentality

    Cons

    No money given to RAs for events

  2. Research Analysis

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, friendly employee

    Cons

    Low pay rate but depends on different department and job row.

  3. Participated in a legal fellowship

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston University full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, the people are really nice, the school is in a great location, the office spaces were all relatively nice

    Cons

    The computers were very slow, the pay was not great considering the cost of living in the Greater Boston area. Too many layers of management

    Advice to Management

    I would reduce a couple layers of management, I would pay your employees more and they will be more willing to stick around.

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  5. 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.

  6. Great Learning Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    It's a great opportunity to work at a university that believes in the importance of research. You learn so much everyday.

    Cons

    There are so many people that you can get lost in the crowd. The bureaucracy is terrible to deal with.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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