Boston University Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
286 Reviews
3.8
286 Reviews
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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 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits, full-timers can take advantage of free or significant tuition discounts for self and family (in 17 reviews)


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

  • Work-life balance varies depending on the office and supervisors that you have (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Stable place to work

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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 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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Excellent, stimulating, environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston University

    Pros

    Excellent resources available for research, support staff is friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Too big, requests and requisitions frequently get lost.

  9.  

    Server at School of Management Catering

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

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

    Pros

    Managers have always been easy to get along with, flexible.
    Free food, the work is pretty easy, pays better than minimum wage.
    Perfect for students, easy part-time weekend job for working post-grads.

    Cons

    High manager, employee turnover.
    Can be a hectic environment at times.
    Promotions are rare, no opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize long-time employees to stay by offering higher wages than those offered to new servers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate student teaching fellow

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Fellow in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    great facilities and professors. nice perks and retirement plan options, beautiful campus and great people

    Cons

    Poor pay and promotions. I think the graduate stipends have been the exact same for decades with little to no increase for inflation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation to properly adjust for inflation! I think the graduate stipends have been the exact same for decades with little to no increase for inflation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Salaries a bit lower, but perks a bit higher than average.

    Cons

    Have to have patience to get through the paperwork when applying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to check in with your staff regularly. Don't make assumptions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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