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Columbia University Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.6 499 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(222 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    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    Outdated systems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 in a great city

    Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosvery good university
    nice location
    rich resources
    smart people
    good variety
    abundant opportunities that will excite you
    high academic standards
    you will have the chance to tap your potential

    Conshigh living expenses
    a lot of bureaucracies that can be very hard to deal with. you're lucky if you got a good boss
    can be very stressful at times
    can be very competitive and people get aggressive
    you typically feel busy and tired
    terrible mental health services
    the quality of career service depends on who you get

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Nice work environment, but very competitive for grant application

    Research Scientist (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou can design experiments with your interest and expertise, nice and collaborative colleagues, and work environment is convenient. It is a kind of fun to have some good results.

    ConsNeighborhood is not so good, grant application is too competitive, but you have to go through this procedure to survive. Sometimes, it is really surfers.

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    Teacher's Assistant

    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe professors were often quite helpful in aiding the work, and the office staff were really friendly. It was a really wonderful environment.

    ConsIt's often very demanding, and the students are often too smart for their own good! Still, that made the questions I received often that much better and more thought out.

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

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    Tough life, great people

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI worked as a "casual employee" and was paid by the hour as a Research Assistant. The professors you work with here are the top of their field--absolutely brilliant people. If you're an aspiring academic, this is the place.

    ConsThe payment structure (once every two weeks) can be difficult to navigate; requires some advanced planning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe bureaucracy could be made less hierarchical and more accessible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good job with good benefits and job security.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBenefits, Job Security, Good Direct Managers

    ConsNeed higher pay, additional staff, additional managers for the heavy workloads.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHR makes managing a team impossible, especially when it comes to Union workers. Let managers do their job and support them rather than fight them. The unions are there to fight for the employees, stand up for your managers and get deadweight out! It's very frustrating to people who actually do their job to watch people who don't do their job get paid and waste their colleagues' and managers' time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing experience working at Columbia University

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThere is a great work environment. I have amazing co workers, that provide me with amazing training.

    ConsI have along commute of an hour and fifteen minutes by train, but can be longer if there are delays.

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

     

    Graduate research in Columbia University

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat resource, great courses, nice place to live

    Conssmall campus, nothing else to say

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