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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
585 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.  

    Very fulfilling and professionally enriching experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, flexibility with work hours and work from home benefits. Good potential for growth as a researcher with good academia outreach.

    Cons

    Salary is low for the location. Health benefits are mediocre for the monthly premium paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary needs to be commensurate with the subject matter expertise of the employees and their experience. Given that the university has its own med. school and clinic, health insurance premiums can be lowered by collective bargaining with the providers and the insurance company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    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
  3.  

    Intelligent, generous colleagues; intellectual atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Officer of the Libraries in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Officer of the Libraries in New York, NY

    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
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  5.  

    Technical Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confessions of a Poor Grad Student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

    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
  7.  

    Grader of Course Sample Survey

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Grader in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good salary, fun working atmosphia

    Cons

    getting paid takes 6 weeks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Work-Life Balance, Competitive Salary, but Lacks Challenge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    They provide reasonable, competitive salary, great benefits and work-life balance. I appreciate their tuition remission program as well. While it depends on which school/department you work at and whom you work with, I generally had positive experience with all of my colleagues. I like that I am working in the academia where I am contributing to the community of highly motivated faculty and bright students.

    Cons

    I am still a young professional (in late 20's), and to be honest the slow-pace working environment and repetitive work can get dull sometimes. I miss the fast-paced, challenging work environment. Some administrators are not as motivated as you are, and can get things dragged on forever, which can be frustrating if you are ambitious.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment, yet again expect to get stuck at hiring pay if staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Taking free courses and working with grate minds (at times)

    Cons

    increasing work loads with lack of vision from management, on so many levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot more collaboration between departments... need to offer more incentives to keep top talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good mix of academic and work experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    High quality academic environment, easy to come across research assistant positions in different departments.

    Cons

    Not much benefits in terms of health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider including health insurance for doctoral students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    smart people around

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    academia, promotion, personal growth, future development

    Cons

    working environment, office space, oppurtunity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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