Columbia University Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Conslutant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are very nice and work hours flexible. Managers are helpful and open to any issues you may have. A lot of changes so plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Outsourced management consulting firm with their h1b type process and methods makes it difficult to apply quality and focus to work at times.


  2. Very political

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, people, and opportunities for continued learning

    Cons

    Everything is political. People generally seemed very displeased with having their concerns addressed by senior management who appeared to play favorites.


  3. Stable work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

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

    Pros

    I don't hate working here. Even on Mondays. It's not a bad job. It's not a great job, but it's not a bad job.

    Cons

    It's not a great job. My work is not my own -- I am supporting somebody else's career. There is a lack of professionalism among senior faculty.

    Advice to Management

    More staff development across departments would be nice. I don't know who my HR person is. I don't know who to contact for Benefits questions. And so on.


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  5. Teaching Fellow

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful colleagues. Experiences vary widely by department, but the grad school does offer central trainings and has leveled stipends.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be cumbersome. However, my particular department had wonderful workers who knew how to navigate the various entities.


  6. Pretty solid place.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Pay is competive considering it is academia. Solid benefits for health, dentistry, and vision.

    Cons

    It is academia so pay is not greatest for administration and there can sometimes be the mentality of administration vs faculty.


  7. 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


  8. Assistant scientist.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everybody is great to work with. The staff is really friendly and gives you a lot of independence and responsibility. Overall a great experience.

    Cons

    The funding is not amazing. We get what we need but are always making sure we have enough money to get the equipment we need.

    Advice to Management

    Give more training so you know what you are doing in the beginning. It is hard to get accacclimated. Space is tight so give more room.


  9. So so

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can have at least something to talk about when interview with other company

    Cons

    Seems like no pay at all

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  10. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Event Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Event Management in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great city, wonderful people. It is clear that people really enjoy the others they work with. There is a work culture that is inclusive to minorities.

    Cons

    I cannot muster up any cons that really stick out. There were typical politics but nothing over the top or extraordinary.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be to not get caught up in politics. Well done with diversity inclusion.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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