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Columbia University Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
587 Reviews
3.8
587 Reviews
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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)

  • New York is quite expensive and postdocs are not very well paid (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not invented here.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance is great, at least compared to the smaller firms I always worked for. The education benefit is good if you plan to stick around for a few years. 35 hour work week.

    Cons

    In my department, CUIT, professional growth was not encouraged. Another problem is a "Not invented here" syndrome. CUIT is full of a staff that took advantage of the Columbia education, plus years of experience, but their knowledge and capabilities is rarely, if ever sought out. Even if you are a good manager, it is difficult to be one in this environment. I cannot talk to the experiences of life in other departments or schools of Columbia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of smart people working for you. Gain their trust and seek their advice. You could save yourself some money on the high paid consultants and improve the wages of your staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Red Tape nightmare.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Hall Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Hall Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    New leadership as provided better training in the past. Gives a person the chance to better their crisis management skills. Provides free housing in Manhattan on campus while attending Columbia University. Your schedule is generally flexible.

    Cons

    Many of the supervisors are inept, lazy, or unprofessional. They're is little growth opportunity, and the position is under compensated compared to the benefits received at other Universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the compensation plan so that it is comparable with other institutions. Bring in new leadership that is not stale in their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    There are a lot of politics at Columbia University.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited sick leave as an officer.

    Cons

    All decisions are made by the big boys. Not too many females in decision making positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Management and treatment of employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Most physicians and related staff are there for the purpose of providing excellent care to the patients. Long hours and a lot of work to accomplish good care

    Cons

    Upper management such as CEO of clinical operations do not care about their employees and there is no loyalty for years worked and dedication to the good of patients. They do not know or understand what their employees do nor is there a balance and check system in place for those in the power seat to fair practice toward hard working employees. HR does not support the employee but support upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making a genetic counselor the CEO of clinical operations whose sole weapon is intimidating employees should be taken seriously

  6.  

    Slow moving, no growth, depressing environment. Complacency rules here..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work hours are very light and responsibility is lighter.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty bad, managers are incapable of delegating responsibility, and people who possess any drive are ridiculed for it. There is too many employees for the amount of work to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives are a good thing. Train your employees to grow and contribute, not just to be subordinate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    An institution that doesn't care about you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Prestige, connections to other researchers

    Cons

    Core facilities not up to other institutions.
    HR extremely unorganized, I didn't get paid for 4 weeks, no benefits enrollment until 1 month.
    Ethical conduct in research training is severely lacking.
    Poor morale among a lot of post docs.
    Buildings are not even adequate, our floor has been 96 degrees some days due to a malfunctioning AC system. Apparently a problem for 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Don't let the prestige deceive you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    The benefits are incredible. Summers are nice and quiet.

    Cons

    The compensation is quite low range, and there is not much room for professional growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Overworked, Underpaid

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful and being in an academic environment in NYC is wonderful

    Cons

    Overworked, Underpaid, Unappreciated and no willingless to address problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would be nice if there was an actual attempt to develop and train staff.

  10.  

    Interesting place to work. Low pay. Few opportunities to promote. Poor mentorship.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Columbia has good benefits and gives the opportunity to interact with bright people.

    Cons

    The mentorship is poor or inexistent with lack of motivation. Very low pay, even below NIH recommended pay rate. Lack of opportunities to promote and to develop as an independent researcher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you work in science look up your PI before you join a lab. Look for productivity and originality. Some PI's are stuck and it is hard to understand how are they still there or who review their performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting work for meager pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Technician in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of smart and interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    The noose of bureaucracy yearly continues to tighten. If you have the misfortune to be low on the totem of administration you will swing through a pendulum of anger, frustration and agony. A well-paid administrative bloc seems to continue to metastasize, while research employees labor for 'customary' low wages. As noted by other reviewers, it's difficult to ascend the power structure. But most vile- the salaries for support staff are far below what they should be- especially for an employer in a high cost of living metro like New York City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider whether administrative problems require more administrators. Answer: they don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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