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Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
517 Reviews

3.8
517 Reviews
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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229 Ratings

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.  

    frustrating.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Associate in New York, NY

    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
  2.  

    Work is good, salary is not.

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

    Pros

    Infrastructure is awesome, really good science.

    Cons

    Postdoc salary is ridiculous. Very frustrating.

  3.  

    Great place to start a career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Benefits; plenty of time off. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Low salary; too many politics, all about you who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your hardworking employees and compensate or offer bonus incentives for the exceptional work

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  5.  

    PhD Fellow, SEAS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Location, students, people, lunches are all things I would consider pros about this institution. These facts are irrefutble.

    Cons

    Small departments, sad buildings, bad location are all things I struggled with when I was a PhD student there. Should have gone elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Low salary and occasionally some poor and inept management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    It's great to be on Columbia's campus and have access to all the great resources there. You get to meet an interact with world class faculty.

    Cons

    I found managers in certain departments to be very difficult to work with. It's sometimes hard to be motivated when managers take long breaks or multiple days off during critical busy times in the office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I have been employed by the university for over 10 years. It is a great environment with lots of opportunities, if you take advantage. DEpending on if one is a union member, and considering which union, the benefits for sure. This is especially true for healthcare. Personal growth is possible, but sometimes it depends on who you know, and HR. If you could get in, take full advantage!

    Cons

    The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City. Ive read this as being one of the chief cons on here, and I agree. I've not had the displeasure of having crappy supervisors, but I have heard a few stories.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd like to see more diversity in senior management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits, stable work environment, good co-workers, minimal raises/pay increase.

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, time off, and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Many levels of approval to get anything done. Training / on-boarding was terrible - it was a slow and frustrating process to learn where to go to get things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is Alright to work there.

    Cons

    Be careful who employ you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Depends on the department and your expectations

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    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Some great people
    Fantastic Benefits
    Ability to drive the direction of your career, to an extent

    Cons

    Some of the not great people
    Outdated systems
    A dinosaur

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for, and clearly management accepts the level of production.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, but needs more diversity and better salaries

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, opportunities to work on interesting projects, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, pay is lower than other higher ed institutions in the area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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