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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
536 Reviews
3.8
536 Reviews
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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 27 reviews)

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


Cons
  • salaries are generally really low for New York City standards (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    It depends on who your supervisor is

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    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
  2.  

    A good place to work in Grad School

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    • 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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Maintenance

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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Access/Reserve Associate

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    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
  8.  

    Access & Reserve Associate

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    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
  9.  

    There are a lot of politics at Columbia University.

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    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
  10.  

    13 years at Columbia University

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    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

    Excellent health benefits and access to free courses.
    A relaxed, academic work environment.

    Cons

    Columbia pays low but offers very good health and savings benefits.
    Free tuition was also a plus for me, though I was given the runaround when I wanted to get a degree.
    I also found it difficult to advance or move to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cut some benefits and kept salaries low after the crash of 2008,
    making it difficult for faithful staff to do free degree coursework.
    This seems illogical to me. Shouldn't an educational institution make it easy for staffers to take advantage
    of its courses and faculty? This builds staffers' skills and work incentive, and costs the institution very little, if anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of great opportunities to further your education, attend lectures, seminars and workshops from researchers at the forefront of their subject. Departments are close-knit and the people are generally friendly and willing to lend a hand when needed.

    Cons

    Administration is very unorganized and there is a lot of red tape to go through to get things done. Lack of communication and coordination between administrations of different schools within the university, as well as between the school administrations and the university administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized. Know what is going on in your department/school/university. Spend less time pushing for a higher ranking and more time listening to your students/faculty/staff about ways to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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