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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
532 Reviews
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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.  

    A good place to work in Grad School

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    Current Employee - Grading and Cirriculum Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Grading and Cirriculum Assistant in New York, NY

    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
  2.  

    A very satisfying experience

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

    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
  3.  

    Great university to work for

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very laid back, not too demanding. Always easy to manage one's time because things to do sort of just came as you went. There are always new techs coming in, so I wasn't the only new person there when I first came in.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Stagnant job. Decent monetary compensation, but not that many perks or benefits. Columbia-Presbyterian is involved in talks with unions, and future seems uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot teaching introductory and advanced labs at Columbia. It was kinda fun!

    Cons

    They don't pay you to TA. I was on a fellowship, but my department still required a bunch of TA credits.

  6.  

    Small fish in a big pond

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Columbia 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.

    Cons

    SPAM 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

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

  9.  

    lab technician

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    flexible working environment and lab culture

    Cons

    a lot of bureaucracy in administration

  10.  

    I had a decent experience working at Columbia

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    Former Employee - Dodge Front Desk Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Dodge Front Desk Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Columbia 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try to personally invest in employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Competitive research

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    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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High level of research, scientific community open for collaborations.

    Cons

    Low compensation and low chance for promotion.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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