Columbia University Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Great place to grow.

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full tuition benefits if enrolled in a degree program at Columbia University, and plenty of room to climb the ranks because of a bloated bureaucratic system. Great place to get your career off the ground. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Low salary. Bloated bureaucratic system is challenging to navigate successfully. Lots of anachronistic inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    Capitalize on your ability to cultivate talent by offering high paying, influential jobs to the employees you have turned into rockstars. Right now, you're just training them and giving them to the competition. Take them, and use them to modernize your institution and cut down inefficiencies.

  2. Working at Columbia as a Data Analyst was a great way to start my career, leverage my skills, and meet great people.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Data Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Great staff
    - Intelligent people

    Cons

    - Location
    - My limited time there allowed me to work only on one project.

  3. It is excellent, professional, relaxed, caring, lots of opportunities to grow laterally and up.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Palisades, NY
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator 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

    at the LDEO campus, lots of extra activities, yoga, basketball, soccer, volleyball. Since its through Columbia University you have access to classes, training, sobaticals, almost a month's worth of time off in a year. Flexible Hours, each position varies in the liberties but it is a very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Pay is not what you would get elsewhere(such as Finance industry), but for a University it is very good.

    Advice to Management

    promote from within more, they do pretty good at trying to place people in jobs, but not always promoting from within.

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  5. Student Employment

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great coworkers in a relaxed but professional environment.

    Cons

    Lower pay than you might find with other admin work in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring students!

  6. Administrator

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Fair salaries given context in NYC area, excellent working environment

    Cons

    NYC housing wildly expensive. For families, NYC public education is horrible, or horrible to navigate to get to the good stuff. Private education is wildly expensive. Commuting from outside NYC eats up a large proportion of your life.

  7. Postdoc life

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work from home.

    Cons

    The only goal is grants and publications. The passion to do good and love science is lacking. People seem very unhappy.

  8. Teaching assistant

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

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

    Pros

    Nice salary.
    Really good training if one wants to have an academic career.
    Opportunity to develop your communication skills / help others

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of assignment to grade (time consuming)

  9. Columbia is very resourceful.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    There is a virtually endless amount of things to take from and learn.

    Cons

    It requires a lot of initiative, self motivation and independence.

    Advice to Management

    Nah

  10. Great Scientific Community

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    Current Intern - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University as an intern (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to learn from great minds, attend seminars, and conduct innovative research!

    Cons

    Housing in this area is pricy, but with a roommate or housing allowance is it possible to find a nice apartment in Morningside heights.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to show employee appreciation via benefits or perks (like discounts at local businesses).

  11. Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours; relatively good compensation for work-study jobs

    Cons

    Not incredibly exciting work; lot of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing

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