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Columbia University Reviews

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.  

    Access/Reserve Associate

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    Current Employee - Support Staff - Library Services  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Staff - Library Services in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to work in terms of the stress free environment and benefit package.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote internally and the people that has the required skills instead of management promoting their friends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Access & Reserve Associate

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    Current Employee - Support Staff  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Stress free environment and an okay benefit package

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up within this organization...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    intern at columbia university

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    cozy environment and good coworkers

    Cons

    leadership style is not good for learning

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    Hot mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    Pretty campus, excellent libraries, access to great coffee.

    Cons

    The level of disorganization and bureaucracy is ludicrous, especially when dealing across schools and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talented employees should be nurtured and groomed. The mentality instead seems to be that individuals should remain in a single position for an entire career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    13 years at Columbia University

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits and access to free courses.
    A relaxed, academic work environment.

    Cons

    Columbia pays low but offers very good health and savings benefits.
    Free tuition was also a plus for me, though I was given the runaround when I wanted to get a degree.
    I also found it difficult to advance or move to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cut some benefits and kept salaries low after the crash of 2008,
    making it difficult for faithful staff to do free degree coursework.
    This seems illogical to me. Shouldn't an educational institution make it easy for staffers to take advantage
    of its courses and faculty? This builds staffers' skills and work incentive, and costs the institution very little, if anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of great opportunities to further your education, attend lectures, seminars and workshops from researchers at the forefront of their subject. Departments are close-knit and the people are generally friendly and willing to lend a hand when needed.

    Cons

    Administration is very unorganized and there is a lot of red tape to go through to get things done. Lack of communication and coordination between administrations of different schools within the university, as well as between the school administrations and the university administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized. Know what is going on in your department/school/university. Spend less time pushing for a higher ranking and more time listening to your students/faculty/staff about ways to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Job is not difficult, some flexibility on work schedule.

    Cons

    Bad communication up through management. Also

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not contribute to union divide by lying to your employees about pay and policies.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Big Academic Institution

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    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Big, with so many PIs and research opportunities. Lots of intelligent people. Perfect for young scientist trying to figure out what to do. There is a lot of freedom to pursue research interests and to be relatively independent. This place is the path to academia professorship if you are smart, ambitious and lucky.

    Cons

    Big. So big, there are so many bureaucracy and waste. Smart people come and leave. Whether you have a good experience is highly dependent on who is your boss. The benefits is OK, but the pay is on the lower side. Not good for long term staying.

  10.  

    Decent job, surprising lack of infrastructure given level of university

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    Former Employee - Faculty Desktop Support  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Faculty Desktop Support in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, most faculty are friendly and gracious. I spent my time helping professors and administrators with their various computer problems. Most fell under similar categories and were thus easily resolved. I greatly enjoyed the ability to schedule my own hours and come and go as I pleased.

    Cons

    Communication was sometimes difficult. Never got a raise. Sometimes it was frustrating having to wait for departmental approval to proceed with work requests, or to figure out exactly who was responsible for helping a particular client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful for all involved if on-campus computing were more integrated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    frustrating.

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    Current Employee - Staff Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    low bar for performance expected.

    Cons

    low bar for performance expected, management not addressing problems of the business actively enough and there is not good communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more proactive. pay attention to undervalued brand and improve it. get rid of underperformers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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