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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.6 344 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(171 ratings)

80% 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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    Program Officer, On Campus Recruiting

    Program Coordinator, On Campus Recruiting (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery flexible and supportive work environment, plenty of room to grow and develop, and free tuition as a full time employee after two years of service!

    ConsSalary is standard for higher ed; even with a promotion the salary grades do not raise significantly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCould do with better training of new employees.

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

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    Good work environment, great benefits, salary not too good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits - including over 4 weeks of paid vacation. Unlimited sick days too.
    Good friendly people, a nice environment to work at. Campus is amazing - lots of trees and greenery. Get to work with some very smart people.

    ConsSalaries are low compared to the real world - also somewhat low when compared to other peer institutions. There is a decent bit of bureaucratic red tape here as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake salaries more competitive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great colleagues and intellectually engaging work environment at university

    Administrative Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou are surrounded by smart people and ideas. You can be involved in pushing the educational envelope. In some departments there is a very collaborative feel. Often, there are opportunities to start new programs and be entrepreneurial. There are many opportunities to work with ideas and educational content.

    ConsThings move much more slowly than in the private sector. There is a big emphasis on consensus that sometimes slows things down. Some faculty do not seem to respect colleagues in administration. Resources are limited but it just means you have to be creative in managing your work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unclear strategy, lots of egos, poor communication with administrative staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTuition benefits for staff and dependents. Located in a city with a lot to do. Lots of diversity below the senior management level.

    ConsLack of communication with staff. Unclear strategic direction. Lack of collaboration and collegiality within the central administrative staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open with management and staff. Recognize the efforts of staff rather than constantly threaten with outsourcing and restructure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Systems Analyst

    Systems Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsEstablished institution with growth. I feel like I can learn a lot from my peers. They encourage additional opportunities for learning. If you do not plan to stay very long, having Columbia University on your resume still looks great.

    ConsAdministration is very corporate in its approach to school business, perhaps because this is a private institution. Difficult to separate work from personal time. Elitist attitude by some staff and faculty, but particularly students. Salary is average and raises seem rare since new construction is in progress.

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

     

    Lots of bureaucracy, but fine with the right team.

    Graduate Student/Research Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe university is quite large, so your experience will depend on your team. I have found many wonderful people there.

    ConsThe bureaucracy is atrocious. Most people who work there are dissatisfied because of it. Every department is out for themselves because they have to compete for funds. It's all about the money here.

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    Undergrad Research Assistant

    Undergraduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsLots of flexibility in hours and projects.

    ConsHard to fit time with academics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open-minded to student's other academic needs.

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

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    Teaching Assistant

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat experience with intensive schedule. Interesting to work with the professor and my colleagues

    ConsNot challenging enough to fully leverage the skills. Overall, good way to spend leisure summer time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great undergraduate research experience

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWorking with esteemed faculty. The professors I got to work with were very smart and supportive. They helped me decide if I wanted to go to grad school.

    ConsMenial work. I had to do some tasks that involved making a lot phone calls and doing surveys. I would do this for hours, and that part was not very challenging.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    So far, so good after 5 months.

    Administrative Coordinator (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery relaxed atmosphere, many human and humane interactions.

    ConsElitism, not sure if I have any upward mobility opportunities, a bit unprofessional at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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