Columbia University
3.6 of 5 443 reviews
www.columbia.edu New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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88% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(155 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Systems Analyst

Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsEstablished institution with growth. I feel like I can learn a lot from my peers. They encourage additional opportunities for learning. If you do not plan to stay very long, having Columbia University on your resume still looks great.

ConsAdministration is very corporate in its approach to school business, perhaps because this is a private institution. Difficult to separate work from personal time. Elitist attitude by some staff and faculty, but particularly students. Salary is average and raises seem rare since new construction is in progress.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fun place to teach

Instructor (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsBright students, world-class location, wonderful faculty and supervisors.

ConsBureaucracy is inefficient and incompetent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good first job

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsColumbia offers great benefits and retirement options. The University is a good work environment. Morningside heights is a pretty cool area to explore. Good lunch options.

ConsThe 1 train is pretty impossible. Students can be pretty entitled and rude at times. It would be nice to have more time off around the holidays and throughout the year in general.

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing in particular

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great job security, staff positions (non-faculty) have generally limited growth potential

Program Manager (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsI'm writing from the perspective of a full-time staff member on a comm/marketing team for a school at CU.
• Predicable 9-5 hours, which could be great for anyone w/ kids
• Tuition reimbursement, though unlikely to lead to an additional degree as you are limited to a class or 2 per semester.
• Great health benefits
• Generous vacation policy
• Flex time working hours

ConsLimited growth potential. Unless you have some sort of adjunct faculty position or connection/working relationship with a very senior director, you will likely be relegated to annual cost of living wage increases and the occasional merit increase if your department budget allows.
• Lots of "lifers" -- people who would not make it in more competitive private sector jobs.
• No real office perks. Not a creative working environment, generally speaking.

Advice to Senior ManagementSet department goals and foster better collaboration

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Associate Research Scientist (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

Prosbenefits are good, decent work-life balance

Consno way to advance career, lack of support

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Research Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsPeople and access to influential academics and industry personnel

ConsBureaucracy, pay, and slow to make changes

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more proactive and less reactional.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Research Assistant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

Prosprestigious, well known, best scientist

Conscompetitive, hard to form bonds with other people there

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great training ground for managing politics and navigating egos. You can build off your CU experience for advancement

Associate Dean (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsOpportunity for impact in your niche and the education benefit for officers

ConsPoor organizational design - highly decentralized campus, often duplicative and competitive services. I worked in undergraduate student affairs, politics often drove decisions and impacted organizational structure.

Student body is overly entitled, not very resillent and many students have developmental challenges (psychological and emotional).

CU is not a supportive environment for administrators of color - racism is deeply embedded throughout the system. Micro-aggressions are the norm.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain middle and senior managers for effectiveness in their roles, particularly from the point that they are given supervisory responsibilities. Managers are often hired not because of their people abilities but because they were effective in other functions.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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OK Experience

Office Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsGood pay for student level, friendly work experience

ConsInexperienced supervisor, lack of trust

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was okay, but very much like many other office jobs.

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsIt is a large employer, which means there is room to grow, somewhat. You get the benefits of being in a University setting, for those who are interested in taking advantage of them.

ConsIt is a large and very decentralized employer. This can be both a pro and a con, but it does mean that it can be difficult and time-consuming to get answers to questions and resolve problems, or even to know who to talk to, and the answer can often change depending on whom you are speaking with. Some benefits have been cut in recent years.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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