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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    postdoctoral research scientist

    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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    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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    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

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    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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    Work is satisfying, pay isn't.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsYour ideas do not fall on deaf ears; administration listens, even if it cannot always act on them in ways that are satisfactory.

    ConsCompensation is not uniform across schools within the University. Some schools are woefully behind the market rate, and your chances of catching up are slim.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat experience of communicating with different levels' students

    ConsNot so much to say here

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    Tuition exemption makes it worth it

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe admin positions are usually through a collective bargaining unit which offers perks such as free computer classes for you and your family as well as a tuition fund if you take classes at a different university. There's also a child care subsidy fund that gets split amongst eligible union applicants with children aged 12 and under. 20 vacation days, 12 sick days, and 3 personal days a year. There's also paid holidays for most major holidays. Set schedule of monday-friday 9-5pm with weekends off.

    ConsDependent on which department you work in, you may be limited in growth opportunities and would have to look towards other departments for promotional opportunities. Some supervisors micro manage. There's no overtime for union support staff. Starting salaries are also not as high or competitively priced as they should be considering the cost of living in the nyc metro area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, show appreciation and recognition when due, advocate for better wages for the staff!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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