Columbia University Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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  1. Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, enjoyable coworkers, the best that graduate students can hope for.

    Cons

    No clear expectations, totally depends on the specific instructor of the courses.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more comprehensive health care plan, organize more activities for graduate students.

  2. Designer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, great benefits, supports continuing education

    Cons

    No real room for growth, workplace politics, conservative approach to problem solving

  3. TA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    full flexibility on my own time

    Cons

    Depends on the courses, some TAs might be very difficult

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  5. RBML General Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - General Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, low-stress work, plenty of down-time. Easy part-time student work.

    Cons

    For my first few weeks, I was assigned re-shelving books in the stacks, while I was also supposed to be available to retrieve items for the reading room, which was frustrating to do at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    This was partly because of the large turn-over rate of student workers, but supervisors could have been better at assigning projects to student assistants.

  6. Excellent benefits, good work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits, vacation, maternity leave, work environment

    Cons

    difficult to be taken seriously if not a faculty member

  7. Very professional. No hand holding.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer In Marketing in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Lecturer In Marketing in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its Columbia! Access to top talent, students and world renowned artists, lecturers and performances.

    As a contractor, very easy to manage online without too much bureaucratic red tape to get things done.

    Cons

    Limited and specific hours.

    Shuffling classrooms can get tedious.

  8. Admin disorganized, but nice perks

    Current Employee - Lecturer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the flexibility and benefits of being in academia are excellent

    Cons

    Administration and red tape are terrible

  9. senior research technician

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Technician in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Technician in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    best work/ life balance. great medical benefits

    Cons

    low salary, no place to eat.

  10. great university

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great facilities, great nurturing atmosphere

    Cons

    there is no big cons about it

  11. Graduate school in the department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are very smart faculty and students to work with. The courses that are good are very good. If you find a faculty member to fund you and pass your qualifying exam the PhD program is a great learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Finding funding can be a bit tricky for some people, especially in a small department. Transferring from the masters to the PhD program is difficult for many students.

    Advice to Management

    The office space is very depressing. I think as the university grows it may help beneficial to invest in improvements to the student space.

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