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Boston University Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
Updated 4 March 2015
353 Reviews
3.9
353 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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    Program Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Love the bosses, love the kids you get to work with

    Cons

    No salary, solely a stipend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good atmosphere to be a graduate student

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice supervisors, students get along

    Cons

    some research areas lack funding opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty good place to work .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston University

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. The best tuition benefit at a university, but must take classes at BU. Good work life balance. Depends on which area of the university you work in though.

    Cons

    Huge- 9000+ employees, can feel more like a big corporation than a university. Still figuring out its plan to retain employees. Salaries lower than other local universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hear the new HR director is making progress to bring BU up to modern standards. They should follow the lead of other universities with more progressive policies, like a better maternity leave and paternity leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
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    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

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