Columbia University
3.6 of 5 491 reviews
www.columbia.edu New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.6 340 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(169 ratings)

80% of employees 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    An amazing place to work

    Disability Services (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance.

    ConsNot as much room for personal growth, low level salaries for high-level admin jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf they provided more opportunity for long-term growth they actually have the potential to be one of the best places to work in New York City

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

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    Intern for four summers

    Event Management Assistant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExcellent nonprofit management experience, tight communities, fast paced.

    ConsNot for the faint of heart-- the pro of fast-paced work might be con for some.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue checking in with interns and managing the training programs as you already do.

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

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