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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 22 September 2014
Updated 22 September 2014
540 Reviews
3.8
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Dynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance. Even thought i did not work directly with students there was that feel good vibe working at an Ivy league school

    Cons

    Depending the size of the department you work for, opportunity of growth can be very limited. Some departments are just structure certain way, that do not leave any room to move up unless someone above you leaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It depends on who your supervisor is

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best research university in the US
    Great Campus
    NY
    office culture vary from lab to lab

    Cons

    High living costs
    salary not on par with living costs
    safety issue if you live in poorer neighborhood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say because there is no central management when you work in a lab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to work in Grad School

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

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The GCA position is an excellent opportunity for grad students. It pays well and allows you to meet some excellent professors with whom you'll build strong professional connections.

    Cons

    Consider carefully the jobs you apply to, their are a lot of positions out their, but as a grad student you'll want to make sure the one you take is advancing your career prospects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work-study environment

    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Engaging and intelligent professors to work with
    Opportunity to work with different departments and expand knowledge/skill sets
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities
    Persistence is required to ensure project deadlines are met

  6.  

    Maintenance

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

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Don't give additional opportunities to temporally (seasonal) worker after their time is done. The exceptional work, always on time and not missing a day of work, staying late to complete task or as requested by management, working on days off to cover union workers that never show up or calls is 100% taken for granted.

    Cons

    Treat workers by laws, pay is good and by law or above. Co-workers are generally good and help each other as best as they can..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must and should take a bigger part in the relationship with workers and supervisor under then. It looks like management has no idea what's happening beneath, But the biggest issue is over spending and having too must inventory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A very satisfying experience

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

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

    Pros

    Can pursue independent research and also collaborate with the best scientists

    Cons

    Limited resources in academic research fundings

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Strong name in the sciences - Aging facilities - Poor compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Scientist  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Tradition, brand, history. Excellent postdoctoral affairs office. Highly collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Poor salary compared to other institutions. Deprecated and fragmented facilities. Few career opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Access/Reserve Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Staff - Library Services  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Support Staff - Library Services in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good place to work in terms of the stress free environment and benefit package.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote internally and the people that has the required skills instead of management promoting their friends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Access & Reserve Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Staff  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Stress free environment and an okay benefit package

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up within this organization...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    There are a lot of politics at Columbia University.

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Unlimited sick leave as an officer.

    Cons

    All decisions are made by the big boys. Not too many females in decision making positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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