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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.5 347 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(172 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Small fish in a big pond

    Graduate Student/Research Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsColumbia obviously has the name going for it, and stipends for the grad students are fairly reasonable. People are surprisingly friendly and seem open to collaboration.

    ConsSPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM Columbia always feels the need to send every message about everything to everyone in the community. Additionally, there are so many office and departments, it can be hard to know where to go to resolve an issue. The grad students at the Medical Center are second class citizens compared to the med students. Finally, the "cost-of-living" stipend increase doesn't keep pace with price increases in Columbia's own housing! There's not a lot of transparency in payments & budgeting, leading even the people who manage labs clueless about how much money they really have.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop spamming me about every new dean that's hired or retired. Actually subsidize the dorm housing! Students can't afford to pay market rate rent on these stipends, but we don't qualify for section 8 low income housing. Stop charging so much rent to the labs when Facilities can't even keep pipes from breaking and light bulbs replaced.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Data Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIt was a great experience. Friendly people and willing to help. Learned a lot during my time there and am a fan of the w

    ConsIt was a great experience. Friendly people and willing to help. Learned a lot during my time there and am a fan of the w

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt was a great experience. Friendly people and willing to help. Learned a lot during my time there and am a fan of the w

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

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    Teaching Assistant

    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIt is just a regular part-time job for students, , but is really good experience for you to meet with faculty, which is quite useful for future connection building. If you want to continue in academia in the future, it is also great, or even required, experience.

    ConsBasically I don't have any cons on this position.

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    lab technician

    Laboratory Technician (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosflexible working environment and lab culture

    Consa lot of bureaucracy in administration

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    Competitive research

    Associate Research Scientist (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHigh level of research, scientific community open for collaborations.

    ConsLow compensation and low chance for promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A dream job in many ways - but not perfect.

    Professor (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsColumbia is a top ranked university. It is highly regarded throughout the world and an employment here carries great prestige. There is a great intellectual environment here with many smart people and opportunities.

    ConsManu administrative structures seem to be outdated, making daily operations somewhat more burdensome than they should be for an institution of this caliber. Salaries both for administrative staff and faculty are relatively low, compared to other top tier institutions.

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

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    I had a decent experience working at Columbia

    Dodge Front Desk Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsColumbia is a very prestigious institution. I got to meet a lot of interesting people. The manager is very good with giving employees very flexible hours.

    ConsThe pay is low compared to other jobs that you can do at Columbia. There is little personal growth with the job. Most people who do this job do it for the money. Students can be difficult to work with at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to personally invest in employees more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PhD student satisfies with facilities, science

    PhD Student (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNYC, access to great minds, equipment and facilities.

    Consexpensive to live, access to resources can be difficult (professors etc.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good working experience

    Executive Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe benefits and work culture

    ConsSome of the processes to get things done

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter IT solutions to make the processes easier

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

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    It is a great institution to work for but is a high intensity environment and a large bureaucracy.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPeople are very driven and care a lot about what they are doing. Working in higher education is always fulfilling and you get to be involved in a lot of different things at the university.

    ConsIt reflects the personality of the city it calls home. For the world of higher education it is a pretty intense place and there is not a lot of work life balance. It can also be difficult to navigate the bureaucracy of an institution this large.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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