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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 26 November 2014
Updated 26 November 2014
574 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.  

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

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    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
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    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
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    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
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  5.  

    Innovative and inspiring place to work

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    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
  6.  

    Intelligent, generous colleagues; intellectual atmosphere

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    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
  7.  

    Good option for a part-time job

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

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

    Pros

    It only asks for 10 hours work per week. Workload is relatively small. And most of the time, the actual work time will be less than 10 hours per week.

    Cons

    If the professor of the course like to dump a lot of tasks on you, or if the course is opened for the first time, then there might be many trivia to do. Not very difficult but somehow time consuming.

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    Confessions of a Poor Grad Student

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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)

    Pros

    Great place to be a grad student, if you have a good adviser. the University is filled with smart people and there are a ton of interesting activities and the neighborhood is great.

    Cons

    How long you are here is highly dependent on a number of factors, including, but not limited to your advisor, funding, and the group/department you are in. There is the occasionally the feeling of lots of red tape when trying to implement something new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is awesome place to study

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    Current Employee - Master Studeng in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Master Studeng in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    There are so much smart guys there who you can work with

    Cons

    The workload is large but very challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    it is NOT what you expect from an Ivy League place

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    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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lot of driven people around you, strong community, access to proficient networking for advancement in career and in science (of course...)

    Cons

    LOTS of alpha-types without a real professional background to brag about (huge and sad discovery... beware), poor infrastructure for research, disturbing level of administrative red tapes, very low salaries particularly for the NY area, NO serious career progression (and surely the Deans and the Provost are not really into the problem)
    Guys, Columbia is NOT what you expect as a student, as a PhD professional, and as a Professor. Not sure for administrative positions. Try Princeton or Harvard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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