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Boston University Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
348 Reviews
3.9
348 Reviews
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Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown
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Review Highlights

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 worked in the Graduate Admissions Office at BU and really enjoyed it! The work was passive and allowed studying.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Office culture is very casual; everyone is available to answer questions; not a high pressure situation; very flexible with respect to work.

    Cons

    The office environment can sometimes be too casual; monotonous work; constant work flow; commute to anywhere in the city is rough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay for the job, lots of opportunity for more work

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay for a well supported environment

    Cons

    Can be late hours/odd hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    It is a great environment to work with. People are nice, friendly and talented.

    Current Employee - Student Services Professional in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Services Professional in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    The managers at the Student Dinning Service is nice. They are flexible when you cannot make it on time. Coworkers are friendly to corporate with.

    Cons

    Do not pay well

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  5.  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Greate and fun place to work, Everyone is very friendly

    Cons

    overall great, but can have a free vending machine.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment, terrible pay

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    Current Employee - Admissions Coordinator in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Admissions Coordinator in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    I absolutely love everyone in my office and thoroughly enjoy being around the people I work with. Benefits are standard for higher education...which means they're pretty much great.

    Cons

    The pay really is terrible, especially in comparison to other universities in the area. My same job in another school offers approximately 35% more in salary. My specific job can get pretty monotonous, and management is occasionally very annoying to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Budgets definitely need to be re-evaluated in terms of compensation for loyal and qualified employees. More room for growth could also encourage a lot less turnover than we have experienced recently.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Great time off, benefits, big community

    Cons

    Political, inexperienced management, unclear job description

  8.  

    Great experience.

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Great people, treat employees well, a lot of independence

    Cons

    Low compensation, not much of a culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent

    Former Employee - IT Support
    Former Employee - IT Support

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Easy, convenient work on campus

    Cons

    Jobs don't pay hardly enough as they should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise wages

  10.  

    Too Big To Succeed

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

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

    Pros

    Generally decent facilities and fantastic location just down Comm Ave from Kenmore Square.

    Cons

    The massive size of the university means that it has an extraordinarily corporate culture - some departments are fantastic, and others are an absolute mess. More importantly, it quite often feels like the organization exists more to make and spend money than to actually educate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You exist to provide an education - everything else is secondary to that core mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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