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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
584 Reviews
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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)

  • New York is quite expensive and postdocs are not very well paid (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    PhD student life in Science

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus in NYC.
    Incredible collaboration from smart and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    lack of rooms to fit graduate students together results in a terrible isolation.
    No physical space for students activities and parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being greedy! no need to have more than 4 cafe shops in a small campus that is already surrounded by tons of cafes, bars, and restaurants on the expense of free space for students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Columbia Business School in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Columbia Business School in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great Experience, the people here are very nice to undergrads

    Cons

    Nothing, I'm here as an intern and the pay is nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice. They're great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Just as you would expect, working for someone else's ideas so that one day you can get your shot

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Work on my own time
    Working for a good cause
    Supervisor is understanding
    Places you on the right track for grad school

    Cons

    At the end of the day, you are doing things that are trivial. But just as anywhere else, you start at the bottom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Course Assistant

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    Former Employee - Course Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Course Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a great opportunity for graduates learning while working there. Besides learning more about the courses, constructing a connection with professors is also a good thing for their future study and career.

    Cons

    Usually it won't burden your workload on your own study too much, if you have enough former knowledge about the courses your will assist in. Otherwise, it is more like to enroll one more course in that semester.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Innovative and inspiring place to work

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

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work with extremely talented and motivating team

    Cons

    High dedication and self-commitment of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully immerse yourself and always try harder!

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good option for a part-time job

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It only asks for 10 hours work per week. Workload is relatively small. And most of the time, the actual work time will be less than 10 hours per week.

    Cons

    If the professor of the course like to dump a lot of tasks on you, or if the course is opened for the first time, then there might be many trivia to do. Not very difficult but somehow time consuming.

  8.  

    It is awesome place to study

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    Current Employee - Master Studeng in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Master Studeng in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are so much smart guys there who you can work with

    Cons

    The workload is large but very challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work IT

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    Current Employee - CUIT Help Desk I in New York, NY
    Current Employee - CUIT Help Desk I in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked at the help desk level, their position was great.. unfortunetly it was a temp job. It helped open doors though to bigger and better things. The manager I had, Francisco.. he was awesome and very understanding.

    Cons

    Hire your good hard working temps!

  10.  

    Exicellent Loved working for the university

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

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice working atmospere , Friendly employees Clean environment

    Cons

    Trying to obtain a fulltime position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It depends on who your supervisor is

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best research university in the US
    Great Campus
    NY
    office culture vary from lab to lab

    Cons

    High living costs
    salary not on par with living costs
    safety issue if you live in poorer neighborhood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say because there is no central management when you work in a lab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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