Boston University
3.7 of 5 244 reviews
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Boston University Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.7 244 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown

(104 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU"
    in 22 reviews
  • "There is opportunity to be part of changing culture if you embrace it and ability to maintain work/life balance"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "As a graduate student, it is really a good chance to work on campus and get to know more people"
    in 6 reviews
  • "The commute can be tricky if you live across the river"
    in 3 reviews
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Grad Student of Physics Department

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery good faculty members. They are all very talented and smart people, and they are all very nice. You can talk to any faculty member about physics, research, or any topic. Moreover, they are all very responsible people, and doing great researches themselves.

For the student community, all are very clever and love physics. Always talk to each other academically. Besides, grad students here like to have fun, so you can expect a lot of activities organized by students.

Physics department frequently invites speakers from other institutions or universities to give presentations, which is very helpful to broaden the perspective of knowledge.

ConsThere are not much free food in the department. The office for grad students who do not have advisors have no windows.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance is great. You can pretty much control your own time as a grad students, so doing research at your own pace is possible.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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BU is getting better

Instructor (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsGreat intellectual atmosphere, large number of renowned scholars, occasionally very smart students, low work load for grad students; lots of perks.

ConsLow stipend, fellowship, or teaching compensation for grad students; the variance of student quality is huge; no campus.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the support for grad students. $18000/year is not really competitive, especially in an expensive city like Boston. A lot of universities in the middle of nowhere are giving out $25-30k for PhD fellowships.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Administrative assistant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Pros-Everyone's nice and easy going

ConsNot that many intelligent people

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great for entry level...but not for the long haul

International Student Advisor (Former Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I worked at Boston University full-time

ProsLots of opportunities as it is a big campus, classes, gym, events. Opportunity for continuing education is great as they supplement tuition significantly. Coworkers are the best and overall they hire excellent people. Decent benefits package, althought short term disability could be better.

ConsLarge campus = lot so burocracy so sometimes it is hard to accomplish a task that has long standing change/benefits. Pay is usually slightly below market. Can b hard to advance. Sometimes felt like the work-life balance wasn't appreciated. Often made to feel that using our significant vacation time that came as part of our benefits package was a burden on the office. Quick to deduct 15 min of sick time if you had a morning dr. appt and came in 15 min late, regardless of if you were salaried, worked late, didn't take lunch.

Advice to Senior ManagementStandardize sick time policy for salaried employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great benefits, good people, overall good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Pros-Great time off including intercession over Christmas that doesn't count toward vacation time and includes around 7 days off
-Depending on department, good people who genuinely care about one another
-Good work/life balance
-Tuition remission available if interested in taking classes

Cons-Faculty/staff divide in certain departments
-Not a significant amount of room to move up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant

Graduate Teaching Fellow (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsThe professors I've worked with have been great. Knowledgable, of course, interested in helping me become a better teacher, and very accommodating when it comes to my own work.

ConsThe commute can be tricky if you live across the river.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A lovely part-time job

Student Desk Assistant (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsWonderful staff— I love all my supervisors. It's a great atmosphere with lovely (brand new) facilities. The responsabilities are easy enough with a light workload.

ConsIt's a desk job so some days you feel as though you're doing nothing and other days it's super busy and callers are rude, but a professional staff member is always on hand to help you out.

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Undergoing change

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

I have been working at Boston University full-time for more than 10 years

ProsTop management drive to grow and improve.

ConsSoftware support systems need integration.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great paying job for students

Student Technical Consultant (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsThe management is nice and works around your student schedule. You can easily notify them on days when you need to take off whether it be too much class work or sickness. It's above minimum wage in MA so great way to make pocket money for students. Obviously you won't get compensation as a student, but my supervisors who are full time staff are happy.

ConsNothing in particular really. May have to live heavy items, but you are given a cart to transport stuff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not the worst place to work but...

Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsDecent benefits, university environment, unlikely to ever be fired.

ConsNo one gets fired, even for not doing their jobs. Very low pay comparative to other universities in the Boston area, good employees with talent and energy are not cultivated. Little to no opportunity for growth.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut the dead weight at BU who do the absolute minimum or less just to get a paycheck. Empower your employees to think outside the box and develop the skills of those who show potential.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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