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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.6 344 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(171 ratings)

80% 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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    Working at Columbia University Medical Center, I had a positive experience enjoyed working with doctors and patients.

    Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI was able to grow. I was able to move up and enjoyed a living wage.

    ConsThere's always a new assignment. Everyday brought on new and never knew what was next.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the effects of changing things around before actually doing them.

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

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    Nice place to work, collaborative

    Biological Sciences Graduate Student Fellow (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHealth care included, no set hours. Tuition is also payed for so the value of this job is actually greater than $100 per year.

    ConsNo dental coverage, no payment schedule provided. Salary payments are irregular and unpredictable although they still add up to the correct yearly salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNotify students of payment schedule for the full term of their given fellowship.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great library system. Loved working there.

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsColumbia is at the forefront of library science, and is a great place to work.

    ConsIt's very large, and can be overwhelming at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I have been working at Columbia University as protein crystallographe for 12 years.

    Post Doctoral Research Scientist (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere is opportunity to apply a new approaches for cancer treatment. It will include comparing
    the DNA sequences with different patients.

    ConsOpportunity for training to achieve the goal.

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    Work at Columbia University

    Associate Research Scientist (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIn the city easy to access great facilities and people to interract

    ConsPhysical space and parking are limited

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is trying to expand in the Washington heights and Harlem area and they are doing the best they can

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Teacher's Assistant

    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe professors were often quite helpful in aiding the work, and the office staff were really friendly. It was a really wonderful environment.

    ConsIt's often very demanding, and the students are often too smart for their own good! Still, that made the questions I received often that much better and more thought out.

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

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    Amazing experience working at Columbia University

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere is a great work environment. I have amazing co workers, that provide me with amazing training.

    ConsI have along commute of an hour and fifteen minutes by train, but can be longer if there are delays.

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

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    An amazing place to work

    Disability Services (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance.

    ConsNot as much room for personal growth, low level salaries for high-level admin jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf they provided more opportunity for long-term growth they actually have the potential to be one of the best places to work in New York City

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

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    Intern for four summers

    Event Management Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsExcellent nonprofit management experience, tight communities, fast paced.

    ConsNot for the faint of heart-- the pro of fast-paced work might be con for some.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue checking in with interns and managing the training programs as you already do.

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

     

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    Scholar Fellowship (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBig city, big opportunity. Especially for those who want to be in the financial industry, Columbia is definitely one of the best choices. Many nice restaurants around the main campus. Safe and beautiful uptown environment. The research atmosphere is incredible. A lot of interdisciplinary research is going on. For example, data analysis research has been shared across statistics, computer science, ieor, etc.

    ConsThe rent is expensive.

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