Columbia University Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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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)

  • Pay scale rather low, especially for New York (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Professor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding academic and collegial resources. Bright, motivated student body. Diverse, articulate, and motivated for making the world a better place.

    Cons

    Adjunct faculty are limited to 3 courses per year.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to involve faculty in aspects of the course and curriculum development.


  2. Excellent work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues and really interesting and varied projects. Beautiful campus which is a surprise considering you're in NYC. Manhattanville exciting and explosive.

    Cons

    Long way uptown from midtown. The commute is a killer and there's not much uptown besides the University so you do feel a little out of the loop in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work letting people work sane hours! Managers understand that family comes first and seem to get out the door themselves at a reasonable time of day. They set a great example.


  3. Good job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Porter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Porter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good wage, benefits, great hours, good work environment.

    Cons

    The only con is the process of waiting for a reply for interview and application


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  5. CRC

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbia University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    they offer great benefits for their employees

    Cons

    difficult to move positions within. A lot of Politics are played


  6. Work as a full time research fellow

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Have great advisors and top experts on the field.

    Cons

    Work load is high as well as living expenses nearby


  7. A/V Manager

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    Current Employee - A/V Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - A/V Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great organizational competence and structure. Incredible benefits and work/life balance. Decent cost of living increases (approx. 2.75%/year). Ability to move laterally and up between schools and departments. Very driven/ambitious/intelligent student body and faculty.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical/bureaucratic. Poor management oversight, i.e. upper management can run amok with total disregard for benefit to the institution. I have seen some abhorrent and unethical behavior. However this is not prevalent throughout and most likely depends on your department and who you report to. University is located in an "iffy" part of the city. Still lots of homeless and crime in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act (this applies to my department, not university as a whole). Empower your employees and TRUST them, do not stifle progress and good ideas. My boss' inbox is where good ideas go to die. Embrace technology and streamlining procedures. Do not live in the past


  8. Elite Academia - Elite work environment

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and mix of nationalities to attend a world-diverse clientele that do business with the school. Flexible schedules and supportive with technology and operations

    Cons

    At times massive red-tape to move along procedures that shouldn't be as complex as the paperwork required makes them to be.


  9. Part-time Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent communication between staff and admin.

    Cons

    Nothing really, it was a good place

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  10. Executive Assistant

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

    I worked at Columbia University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to establish professional network

    Cons

    the management team can be aloof


  11. So far the company is a fine company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Porter/Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Porter/Clerk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's such an amazing and most interesting place to work I worked as a casual worker where I met so many positive and professional people with great attitudes. The professors and students worked so hard to reach there goals it really it just made me no that furthering your education is very important.

    Cons

    To be very honest I can't say nothing bad about the company because the company is do impressive to me.



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