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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
540 Reviews
3.8
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Dynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    lab technician

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    flexible working environment and lab culture

    Cons

    a lot of bureaucracy in administration

  2.  

    Great library system. Loved working there.

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

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Columbia is at the forefront of library science, and is a great place to work.

    Cons

    It's very large, and can be overwhelming at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I had a decent experience working at Columbia

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    Former Employee - Dodge Front Desk Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Dodge Front Desk Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Columbia is a very prestigious institution. I got to meet a lot of interesting people. The manager is very good with giving employees very flexible hours.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to other jobs that you can do at Columbia. There is little personal growth with the job. Most people who do this job do it for the money. Students can be difficult to work with at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to personally invest in employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Competitive research

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High level of research, scientific community open for collaborations.

    Cons

    Low compensation and low chance for promotion.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good working experience

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    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits and work culture

    Cons

    Some of the processes to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better IT solutions to make the processes easier

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A dream job in many ways - but not perfect.

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

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

    Pros

    Columbia is a top ranked university. It is highly regarded throughout the world and an employment here carries great prestige. There is a great intellectual environment here with many smart people and opportunities.

    Cons

    Manu administrative structures seem to be outdated, making daily operations somewhat more burdensome than they should be for an institution of this caliber. Salaries both for administrative staff and faculty are relatively low, compared to other top tier institutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have been working at Columbia University as protein crystallographe for 12 years.

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Scientist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There is opportunity to apply a new approaches for cancer treatment. It will include comparing
    the DNA sequences with different patients.

    Cons

    Opportunity for training to achieve the goal.

  9.  

    PhD student satisfies with facilities, 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    NYC, access to great minds, equipment and facilities.

    Cons

    expensive to live, access to resources can be difficult (professors etc.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Mind games and politics

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Chance of working with some great minds. A few in leadership positions are very good. Good benefits. Mailman School has some really bright individuals and strong leaders.

    Cons

    Very oppressive work culture. Surgeons are the worst. They are really not the brightest crowd, but have god complexes. Clinical research is sub standard and surgeons publish with zero quality standards. Very low pay. Tyranical leadership and some just dont care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in what you want to do. Provide a conducive atmosphere for younger and brighter people. Being a place for old, white men doesnt really promote diversity. Get rid of tyranical supervisors and leaders. Raise standards from mediocrity to excellence

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Interesting place to work. Low pay. Few opportunities to promote. Poor mentorship.

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Columbia has good benefits and gives the opportunity to interact with bright people.

    Cons

    The mentorship is poor or inexistent with lack of motivation. Very low pay, even below NIH recommended pay rate. Lack of opportunities to promote and to develop as an independent researcher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you work in science look up your PI before you join a lab. Look for productivity and originality. Some PI's are stuck and it is hard to understand how are they still there or who review their performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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