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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 24 January 2015
Updated 24 January 2015
609 Reviews
3.8
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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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    Undergraduate student

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

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

    Pros

    they are treating cases with a lot professionalism

    Cons

    I takes time to get answer for normal requests

  2.  

    Good work place atmosphere for personal growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    The university does a good job at fostering personal growth and employee development. Compensation is generally very competitive and well-received.

    Cons

    Some of the work at the university can be slow-paced due to international grant organizations or government grants. Bureaucratic work can slow things down significantly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great University but non-MBA department are not well-managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great staff working here and a lot of promising international students.
    Great location in the NYC, people get Columbia subsidised housing
    Great name of the university for your resume

    Cons

    The neighbourhood is not really kids friendly, many staff families live outside New York and commute.
    Housing is great, but mostly small apartments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the process of course selection better in terms of providing students with more information about the courses (feedback, work volume). This will improve satisfaction of both students and staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for a Ph.D. student

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Pros

    Pay is good. If you don't spend too much, the salary actually is much higher than other universities for a graduate research assistant

    Cons

    It is not easy to get in, since it does not enroll that many Ph.D. students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Being a grad student at Columbia University

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great environment to foster learning, more collarborative than one might expect.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and salary, but nothing worse than other graduate programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay (or at least benefits) would make people a lot happier and more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Technician/Lab Manager

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    Current Employee - Lab Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working at Columbia University provides you with an opportunity to not only meet world-renowned scientists and professors, but also to participate in scientific research, which has implications beyond the laboratory. If you put the required effort and work, you will have a chance of being included among the authors in a scientific paper.

    Cons

    The overall bureaucracy is pretty bad and communication with or between the many departmental offices can be challenging. Disconnect between the main campus and the Medical Center is troubling but not unmanageable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty good, culture varies

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

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful campus, can have great colleagues

    Cons

    Low pay. What will make or break your experience are the people you work with and for. CU is huge and every school/dept has its own feel and culture. Vet these people well to be sure it's a good fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose good people because they refuse to play dirty. Don't reward malicious behavior.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good for a graduate research assistant

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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 a year)

    Pros

    - Good faculty and advisors, if you manage to get a good one
    - Good research facilities
    - Competitive compensation, because company has lots of money

    Cons

    - Disorganized institution. Lots of people who can't answer your question / do what you need done.
    - Class quality varies widely. Some are great; some are not. It mostly depends on the teacher.
    - NYC cost of living is high

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Very fulfilling and professionally enriching experience

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

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