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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
536 Reviews
3.8
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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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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  1.  

    It depends on who your supervisor is

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    One of the best research university in the US
    Great Campus
    NY
    office culture vary from lab to lab

    Cons

    High living costs
    salary not on par with living costs
    safety issue if you live in poorer neighborhood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say because there is no central management when you work in a lab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work-study environment

    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Engaging and intelligent professors to work with
    Opportunity to work with different departments and expand knowledge/skill sets
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities
    Persistence is required to ensure project deadlines are met

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    Maintenance

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

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Don't give additional opportunities to temporally (seasonal) worker after their time is done. The exceptional work, always on time and not missing a day of work, staying late to complete task or as requested by management, working on days off to cover union workers that never show up or calls is 100% taken for granted.

    Cons

    Treat workers by laws, pay is good and by law or above. Co-workers are generally good and help each other as best as they can..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must and should take a bigger part in the relationship with workers and supervisor under then. It looks like management has no idea what's happening beneath, But the biggest issue is over spending and having too must inventory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    graduate student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    really like my PI, great place to work, fun place to live, student housing is nice and affordable.

    Cons

    work-life balance can be off depending on what group you are in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Computer Science Research Intern

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    got to work on interesting research problems, very flexible, community was welcoming, pay was good

    Cons

    I was working by myself and not in a team

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, opportunities for career growth, excellent colleagues, interesting and meaningful work. Very good work/life balance, and a beautiful campus! I was able to take courses that improved my personal and professional life.

    Cons

    I did not experience any challenges at all while working at Columbia. It was an ideal place filled with interesting and intelligent people. It was an honor and privilege to work for this institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great organization to work for

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The organization has a tremendous number of talented and innovative individuals, all with the dedication and creativity to address the world's most pressing issues in sustainable development and climate change.

    Cons

    Sometimes there were too many administrative barriers to getting projects where you want to be and when.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    TA-ing is a great opportunity to make money and gain experience while finishing your degree

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    Former Employee - Curriculum and Grading Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Curriculum and Grading Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great opportunity to make money and gain experience while finishing your degree

    Cons

    Some classes have much more work to grade and support than others but all are paid the same

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the effects of changing things around before actually doing them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to work, collaborative

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    Current Employee - Biological Sciences Graduate Student Fellow  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Biological Sciences Graduate Student Fellow in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notify students of payment schedule for the full term of their given fellowship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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