Columbia University Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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. columbia

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    in the city of new york would be nice if you like large cities. it is convenience and close to everything.

    Cons

    campus is small comparing to universities in smaller cities. living cost is high but compensated by higher salaries.

    Advice to Management

    i think overall is pretty good. so i do not have more advice to the management.


  2. Excellent work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues and really interesting and varied projects. Beautiful campus which is a surprise considering you're in NYC. Manhattanville exciting and explosive.

    Cons

    Long way uptown from midtown. The commute is a killer and there's not much uptown besides the University so you do feel a little out of the loop in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work letting people work sane hours! Managers understand that family comes first and seem to get out the door themselves at a reasonable time of day. They set a great example.


  3. Advisor

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    Former Employee - Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Subsidized tuition allows you take classes

    Cons

    Entitled students think you work for them


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    Professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding academic and collegial resources. Bright, motivated student body. Diverse, articulate, and motivated for making the world a better place.

    Cons

    Adjunct faculty are limited to 3 courses per year.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to involve faculty in aspects of the course and curriculum development.


  6. Work Study

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well-paid (for a work study position) and the professor I worked for was a wonderful person. It was easy to balance with my studies.

    Cons

    Sometimes could be disorganized, but what part of Columbia isn't? Also meant dealing with CUIT. Beware.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management. The bureacracy is hard enough to handle as is. The job itself is not for a student without resolve, though.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Red Tape

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, and good pay

    Cons

    beauracratic red tape and lots of back and forth to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    too much old guard, old ways...new blood needs to step in and take over


  8. Division Administrator

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    Current Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tuition remission, excellent school, trial by fire learning - tough environment enables you to think quickly and handle stress, many of the people here are great. With a masters degree and good networking, you can build a life here. The executive masters programs are the best, cost more, but provide more support and resources than part time programs.

    Cons

    If you're highly ambitious, you will not find this a good working environment. As an administrator you will be limited by salary and upward mobility. if you don't have a masters degree (but you can apply to get on through several programs here). However the tuition benefit has been cut, it used to be 3 classes per semester in a degree program and now it is 2 classes and 65% of each additional class, so it may still cost thousands of dollars / semester. Even as an admin if you make $110K it's still not enough to compensate for the amount of work and stress you go through. Some departments lack any form of transparency and many people are not solution oriented or well trained (grants management, especially) so you will find that highly frustrating. Very bureaucratic environment - can be toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Train people so they can do their jobs, not adequately, but become high performers and pay them what they're worth. People know they will not make McKinsey or Deloitte money here but there are other benefits, but cost of living in NYC is high and you must find good salaries to keep good people. Encourage employees to go to school and take advantage of the great education that CU offers.


  9. Not bad if you are on Academic side

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    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large network of departments to transfer to

    Cons

    Location, favoritism, stagnant salaries, shrinking benefits package


  10. Good job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Porter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Porter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good wage, benefits, great hours, good work environment.

    Cons

    The only con is the process of waiting for a reply for interview and application


  11. Department of surgery

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Be a part of a large university on the cutting edge of care. Multiple referral sources and plenty of cases before

    Cons

    Be prepared to pay gains tax and departmental fees of 26 to 28% of your earnings. Be prepared to have your expenses over charged and be subjected to complaints of poor performance

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your doctors and don't automatically assume that they are in the wrong in order to make your life easier



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