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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
587 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confessions of a Poor Grad Student

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to be a grad student, if you have a good adviser. the University is filled with smart people and there are a ton of interesting activities and the neighborhood is great.

    Cons

    How long you are here is highly dependent on a number of factors, including, but not limited to your advisor, funding, and the group/department you are in. There is the occasionally the feeling of lots of red tape when trying to implement something new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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.

  3.  

    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
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    Grader of Course Sample Survey

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    Current Employee - Grader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Grader in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good salary, fun working atmosphia

    Cons

    getting paid takes 6 weeks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent University, Less-than-excellent Employer

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

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

    Pros

    Good employee benefits. Interesting and intelligent coworkers. Supportive senior staff. Fantastic intellectual environment.

    Cons

    Problems with payroll and general administrative issues stemmed from a lack of communication between departments.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    it is NOT what you expect from an Ivy League place

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    lot of driven people around you, strong community, access to proficient networking for advancement in career and in science (of course...)

    Cons

    LOTS of alpha-types without a real professional background to brag about (huge and sad discovery... beware), poor infrastructure for research, disturbing level of administrative red tapes, very low salaries particularly for the NY area, NO serious career progression (and surely the Deans and the Provost are not really into the problem)
    Guys, Columbia is NOT what you expect as a student, as a PhD professional, and as a Professor. Not sure for administrative positions. Try Princeton or Harvard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Soft money stress out

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

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

    Pros

    Salaries are higher in the medical school than social scientists are used to receiving. Also there are many cutting-edge scholars willing to collaborate with you. Many positives to living in New York, especially culturally-speaking.

    Cons

    Have to find nearly all of your own salary via grants. In this climate that is almost impossible and there is little in the way of institutional support to help attain funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use endowment for dedicated hard money positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience for what it was, no room for growth in department.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    My benefits and time off.

    Cons

    No room for growth despite your accomplishments

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not invented here.

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance is great, at least compared to the smaller firms I always worked for. The education benefit is good if you plan to stick around for a few years. 35 hour work week.

    Cons

    In my department, CUIT, professional growth was not encouraged. Another problem is a "Not invented here" syndrome. CUIT is full of a staff that took advantage of the Columbia education, plus years of experience, but their knowledge and capabilities is rarely, if ever sought out. Even if you are a good manager, it is difficult to be one in this environment. I cannot talk to the experiences of life in other departments or schools of Columbia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of smart people working for you. Gain their trust and seek their advice. You could save yourself some money on the high paid consultants and improve the wages of your staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities and resume builder; Good employee benefits and campus perks; Foot in the door in with people at the top of your chosen field

    Cons

    Depending on the department/institute, the managing style is very poor, takes a long time to get ANYTHING completed, and is difficult to schedule time with anyone in charge since they are constantly traveling/teaching/researching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving employee morale and managing the people within your own organization, faster response time to project needs and finances

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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