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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
585 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 10 reviews)

  • New York is quite expensive and postdocs are not very well paid (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very fulfilling and professionally enriching experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, flexibility with work hours and work from home benefits. Good potential for growth as a researcher with good academia outreach.

    Cons

    Salary is low for the location. Health benefits are mediocre for the monthly premium paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary needs to be commensurate with the subject matter expertise of the employees and their experience. Given that the university has its own med. school and clinic, health insurance premiums can be lowered by collective bargaining with the providers and the insurance company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    PhD student life in Science

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus in NYC.
    Incredible collaboration from smart and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    lack of rooms to fit graduate students together results in a terrible isolation.
    No physical space for students activities and parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being greedy! no need to have more than 4 cafe shops in a small campus that is already surrounded by tons of cafes, bars, and restaurants on the expense of free space for students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Just as you would expect, working for someone else's ideas so that one day you can get your shot

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

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Work on my own time
    Working for a good cause
    Supervisor is understanding
    Places you on the right track for grad school

    Cons

    At the end of the day, you are doing things that are trivial. But just as anywhere else, you start at the bottom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Columbia Business School in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Columbia Business School in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great Experience, the people here are very nice to undergrads

    Cons

    Nothing, I'm here as an intern and the pay is nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice. They're great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's a great place if you make it work for you

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Overall, it's a great learning environment and gives you access to very high level people. I found my department to be very flexible and hands off when it came to managing staff. I enjoyed it because you are pretty much on your own.

    Cons

    In my department there was very little supervision and this can be a downfall when you need some guidance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting so much time talking nonsense at meetings and actually do things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent University, Less-than-excellent Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good employee benefits. Interesting and intelligent coworkers. Supportive senior staff. Fantastic intellectual environment.

    Cons

    Problems with payroll and general administrative issues stemmed from a lack of communication between departments.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Course Assistant

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    Former Employee - Course Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Course Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a great opportunity for graduates learning while working there. Besides learning more about the courses, constructing a connection with professors is also a good thing for their future study and career.

    Cons

    Usually it won't burden your workload on your own study too much, if you have enough former knowledge about the courses your will assist in. Otherwise, it is more like to enroll one more course in that semester.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intelligent, generous colleagues; intellectual atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer of the Libraries in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Officer of the Libraries in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent fringe benefits for the U.S.
    35-hour workweek
    Good job security
    "elite" atmosphere

    Cons

    Tuition benefits not very generous, despite it being a University
    Benefits are geared toward employees with children, and exclude spouses somewhat (tuition, "childcare credits", etc.)
    A huge, decentralized environment means you have to be a bit "scrappy" and fend for yourself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Technical Specialist

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Up and coming new development always. Lots of opportunity for post baccalaureate candidates

    Cons

    Employees voices should could used a little more for enterprise productivity and stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Innovative and inspiring place to work

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

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with extremely talented and motivating team

    Cons

    High dedication and self-commitment of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully immerse yourself and always try harder!

    Recommends

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