Boston University
3.7 of 5 241 reviews
www.bu.edu Boston, MA 5000+ Employees

Boston University Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.7 241 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Boston University President and Trustee Robert A. Brown

Robert A. Brown

(103 ratings)

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

Pros:
  • "Chance to have tuition remission so that you can have free education"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Great benefits and learning environment for recent college grads"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "It is a good chance to work on campus as a graduate student"
    in 6 reviews
  • "No room for growth, salary is relatively low"
    in 3 reviews
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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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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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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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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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SeeSaw Experience at Boston University

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston University

ProsThe students at BU are smart and engaged and generally wonderful. The location of campus is wonderful and there are many events and resources available to employees.

ConsThe disconnect between the academic side of the university and the student life side of the university is vast. There is not one BU identity and it makes the working environment difficult. They do not pour much money into pro development for staff and seem much more focused on faculty.

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Resident Assistant (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsThe team of other RAs was great. I really enjoyed working with my peers, and there is a lot of team work involved in the position. The free housing did not hurt either.

ConsResLife is completely inflexible. They seem to be able to make as many mistakes as they want, but the minute an RA makes a mistake then all hell breaks loose. You constantly feel in fear of getting fired, which is not healthy.

Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up a bit and understand that we are all students.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Highly Overrated

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

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

ProsThe Tuition Remission benefit is the best thing about working at BU. You get 4 credits free and then 4 more credits at 90% off each academic year. Also it's pretty easy to transfer between departments.

ConsThe leadership in the University is oblivious and disconnected.

The beaurocracy of working at this institution is unbelievable. There is not an easy way to navigate any system. HR, Sourcing & Procurement, etc.

Performance is not rewarded at all. It's all about longevity here. So essentially you have faculty and staff that have been there forever but that do not contribute in any meaningful way.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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