Columbia University Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Pros
  • Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay scale rather low, especially for New York (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Executive Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to establish professional network

    Cons

    the management team can be aloof


  2. So far the company is a fine company to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Porter/Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Porter/Clerk in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's such an amazing and most interesting place to work I worked as a casual worker where I met so many positive and professional people with great attitudes. The professors and students worked so hard to reach there goals it really it just made me no that furthering your education is very important.

    Cons

    To be very honest I can't say nothing bad about the company because the company is do impressive to me.


  3. Columbia Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    In the middle of New York. Good professors. Good environment.

    Cons

    Too many master students. Most grad classes not research oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the student number, increase the quality


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  5. Great university

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the new york city. Competitive programmes and a good number of intern opportunities in the new york city.

    Cons

    Intense pressure. Expensive housing cost around campus.


  6. Great Place to Work, Grow and Develop

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palisades, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palisades, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility is key at the LDEO campus, it is a great atmosphere, thriving work, interesting and benefiting the community and world. very active lifestyles with soccer, volleyball, flag football, tai-chi, yoga and more offered at lunch time. On campus Cafeteria. Great benefits, lots of opportunities on various campus' for career growth.

    Cons

    pay can be low depending on the position, if commuting from the city, there is a shuttle but it can take quite a while.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, the environment cultured at LDEO is great, the rest of the University should promote an active lifestyle, employees tend to work harder and be loyal when they are appreciated.


  7. Great training environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    unique training environment with excellent resources

    Cons

    difficult funding climate limits opportunities to develop and establish research endeavors at the postdoc and early faculty levels


  8. EdLab -- A Wonderful Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people who work here are great! Everybody is nice. They are also intelligent, highly competent, and highly motivated. It's not a place where you have to watch your back. The relationship between management and employees is excellent. It's an enlightened workplace.

    Cons

    Any University is a bureaucracy, but as a unit of Teachers College, which is a unit of Columbia Universiy, EdLab employees are shielded from the cons of that bureaucracy to a very large extent. Although my compensation was more than fair, and I certainly enjoyed plenty of vacation time, the health benefits are not great. This is in keeping with the nationwide trend.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You have created an environment which finds the best people, and brings out the very best in them by providing appropriate encouragement, stimulation, opportunity, and rewards.


  9. Assistant Director of Development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Development in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best-in-class for development; lots of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Some level of internal politics


  10. Researcher

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work environment.
    Management position is enjoyable.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic.
    Constant language barriers.
    People have difficulty communicating here.

    Advice to Management

    Acquire Americans and people who speak English well.


  11. TA

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    full flexibility on my own time

    Cons

    Depends on the courses, some TAs might be very difficult



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