Columbia University Reviews

Updated 15 April 2015
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  1. Excellent benefits, good work/life balance

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    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

  2. Very professional. No hand holding.

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    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.

  3. 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.

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  5. great university

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    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

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

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    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.

  7. pretty typical grad student experience

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Flexible Hours
    - sometimes you get to travel to cool places
    - being in new york

    Cons

    - Grad Student pay (living on it in new york its pretty brutal)
    - most Professors have no idea how to be a good boss (their job doesn't depend on it)
    - its near impossible to meet people outside of your department

  8. Columbia University is a great place to work and study. Especially for someone who want to learn something when working.

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

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work in a library, so the work environment is very nice and comfortable, the people there are also very friendly. Supervisor is very nice to me, maybe because I am a student. I also heard that as a full-time employee, one could take any courses for free, which is really attractive.

    Cons

    I am just a part-time student working here, so I didn't consider about the promotion. Salary is quite reasonable for a student with $15/hr.

    Advice to Management

    The management could be more dynamic, because sometimes there is bureaucracy in University administration process, which makes efficiency very low.

  9. Bureaucracy at its best

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great name to have on your CV. Lots of high-quality seminars and potential collaborators around.

    Cons

    Ego. Red tape. You have little freedom to do what you wish with your own money.

  10. Office Admin at Business School.

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University

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

    Pros

    Good pay; good benefits. Lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    On call all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance totally out of whack.

  11. As a PhD student in the CS department, I work hard, but learn a ton.

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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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The CS department is great and growing. You get to learn from excellent professors while living in New York City. The city attracts great talent-- you'll see good talks from famous academics, you'll have access to (some) tech companies nearby, and conferences will often be hosted here.

    Cons

    Beyond any of the usual problems of being a PhD student... Columbia has a huge bureaucracy that is a drag when you have to deal with it for some minor issues, such as facilities problems. It also doesn't have a huge technology media apparatus, like MIT or Stanford, so it's harder for your research to get a lot of publicity. The lack of guaranteed funding over the summer, while great in encouraging internships, can make things tricky in later stages.

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