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
491 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Dynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance"
    in 25 reviews
  • "access to the best academic professionals in New York City"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Starting salaries are also not as high or competitively priced as they should be considering the cost of living in the nyc metro area"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Low Pay and not much room for advancement; Starting to cut benefits"
    in 7 reviews
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    Amazing place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, hours, great campus environment

    ConsNot challenging
    Pay is low

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    Great experience

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsExtensive depth and breadth of the university provides a lot of opportunities. The focus on education provides a good mission and office culture.

    ConsAs with any large organization there can be bureaucracy, but the office culture varies widely within different groups.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsMany 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt is Alright to work there.

    ConsBe careful who employ you.

    Yes, I would 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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    Depends on the department and your expectations

    Director (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsSome of the not great people
    Outdated systems
    A dinosaur

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou get what you pay for, and clearly management accepts the level of production.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great University.

    Laboratory Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWorked in a few great labs while there. Amazing cutting edge research. Opportunities varied depending on the advisor over seeing the lab.

    ConsPay is low. Can be a difficult working environment depending on the PI. Overall though you can make your own opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice. Be careful of the lab you join. That's really all I can say.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would 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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    Research assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFreedom to research in multidisciplinary fields is one of the plus. Being a smaller city campus one can collaborate with variety of professors as well as other schools in Tri-state area.

    ConsBudgets/ research grant restrictions. Some amount of bureaucracy can hold up fundings/ ordering of important research materials. Not seen in private labs or even some well funded (govt funded) state school.

    Advice to Senior Managementmore emphasis on funding for research.

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