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Updated 26 May 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. Research Assistant

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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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart and driven people in a non-competitive environment. The research groups are all very strong in their respective specialties.

    Cons

    Upon being accepted, the physics department promises a lot of opportunities in getting accepted in the various research groups. In reality, the professors can be very pick and non-transparent when it comes to letting people know if they have a chance.

    Advice to Management

    Screen the candidates better. It should not happen that students get accepted and spend more than one year without joining a research group. Students (future research assistants) should get accepted into the program AND into a research group at the same time

  2. Boston University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working as a part of a phenomenal university that is expanding quite rapidly.

    Cons

    Boston University has the slogan "Choosing to be Great" and those who are not aligned with this motto then to flounder.

  3. Grad Student in Engineering

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    BU provides a good working environment and a lot of good resources. I work in the photonics center, and the shared labs are great to work with. Other universities bill for usage in shared labs, but the ability to do research here with out worrying about the project budget is great.
    The School is well known, and has a good network for finding future jobs.

    Cons

    BU is located in a very expensive area, and the graduate student pay is similar to the national average which makes it very low for Boston.

    Advice to Management

    The available resources are not well advertised, and are generally found through word of mouth. There needs to be a central location where students can find the resources available such as machine shops, clean room facilities, microscope facilities, ...

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  5. Graduate Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get experience in research and also help fund my education.

    Cons

    Program director could have provided a bit more support and direction throughout the work period

  6. Research Assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They do have a lot of passionate and excellent professors to work with.

    Cons

    They are not helpful in helping students in finding a job in general.

  7. Worked at BU

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant

    I worked at Boston University

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

    Pros

    Easily accessible by public transit; fun community to be a part of; great benefits

    Cons

    Traffic on Comm Ave can be tough

  8. Accounting Clerk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits, nice place to work.

    Cons

    not parking, 36 hours a week

  9. PhD student experience

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Brookline, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Brookline, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Big university, tons of events and groups to be involved with. Makes networking easy.

    Cons

    Due to the size, there is a lot of bureaucracy. It can be hard to to organize events or get some things done.

  10. IRB analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University full-time

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with good benifits

    Cons

    Some of the rules are archaic regarding benifits

    Advice to Management

    Should improve crosstalk between departments

  11. Good Place to Start

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    Current Employee - Research Study Technician in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Study Technician in Boston, MA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of research collaboration within the university by principle investigators

    Cons

    Little room for advancement unless you have a graduate level degree


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