Columbia University
3.6 of 5 491 reviews
www.columbia.edu New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Columbia University Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.6 491 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(220 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Overworked, Underpaid

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsOverworked, Underpaid, Unappreciated and no willingless to address problems

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would be nice if there was an actual attempt to develop and train staff.

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

    Associate Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting work for meager pay.

    Research Technician (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPlenty of smart and interesting people to work with.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementConsider whether administrative problems require more administrators. Answer: they don't.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Little support for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLocated in New York City

    ConsUniversity does not provide academic, career, or work-life balance support to graduate students. University does not encourage professors and graduate student advisors to actually advise their students. Graduate students are often disgruntled and cannot do anything about it because they have no platform for having their concerns heard by the university.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a system to ensure that your tenured professors and laboratory principal investigators are treating their graduate students fairly. Some of them are sexist, racist, and selfish in their own career ambitions. This does not foster a good research environment for graduate students.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosfamous school, compensation, health benefits

    Consno personal life, bad working environment, competition within the co-workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRelaxed Work Environment, Ready use of campus facilities, freedom to learn at your own pace.

    ConsNo training. No oversite. The majority of the admisson office workers are lifers and are more often times than not phoning it in. The guy who works the male desk spends the majority of his day peeling back un posted stamps from return mail so they can be reused.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, good working environment.

    ConsNo room for growth, no pay increases and horrible base pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your employees with decent pay and annual raises

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    Lots of bureaucracy, but fine with the right team.

    Graduate Student/Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe university is quite large, so your experience will depend on your team. I have found many wonderful people there.

    ConsThe bureaucracy is atrocious. Most people who work there are dissatisfied because of it. Every department is out for themselves because they have to compete for funds. It's all about the money here.

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    Note Taker (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe task was sending the notes to the disability office of Columbia University. The burden was not heavy and all you need is to scan the notes and send to the email address.

    ConsIt said it was a paid part time job, however, I still have not received any payment. Maybe it was low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is a good way to have SSN.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience tough politically

    Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsInteresting, Smart people, great institution

    ConsPolitics mitigates efficiency and stifles creativity

    Advice to Senior ManagementCollaborate more, move more agilely

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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