Columbia University Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. as good as any

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    okay pay, training is available to prepare postdocs to find jobs in industry and / or academia. overall, better than most universities to do a postdoc.

    Cons

    Some administrative assistants are not always on top of things, which can make things move slowly. Benefits are limited if you have been working less than 3 years.

  2. Awesome Experience - Lots of learning

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Got to interact with people that will revolutionize the world technology. Hang out with professors that are willing to share their lifetime experience.

    Cons

    No extra benefits, or salary increases. No fixed schedule.

  3. Work was monotonous and lacked innovation.

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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 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Allowed for hands on experience in network field services and an up-close view of the architecture required to implement wide scale network services.

    Cons

    There was very little inspiration to go above and beyond, partially because there wasn't much to do that would take you "above and beyond."

    Advice to Management

    Remove all of the inefficiencies.

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  5. Very satisfying job, great culture

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Persona le people
    good work life balance
    good pay
    great area and offices

    Cons

    Non keep up the good work

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting your employees your doing great

  6. Safe, stable, and good benefits. Your experience will depend entirely on your department and team you work with.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Room to grow. Collegiate environment is nice.

    Cons

    There are clear limits to salary.

  7. GSAPP non-administrative employee

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

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

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

    Pros

    Top tier architecture school, largely excellent faculty pursuing interesting projects professionally and in academic realm

    Cons

    Dealing with Columbia's terrible, Kafka-esque bureaucracy, office politics

  8. I only worked there temporarily, in a specific department.

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    Former Employee - Temporary Development Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Temporary Development Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The campus itself; the location; my office; being around highly motivated and idealistic students.

    Cons

    I happened to be working for someone who was not very supportive. She had a job for life, and she knew it. She used her position as a private fiefdom and was not accountable to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    In this case, there was no upper management. Columbia is a huge community with many niches. In this niche the person who ran the department didn't answer to anyone else.

  9. Poor compensation for overworked graduates

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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 (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    In theory, we get to be compensated for researching and teaching subjects that we love. Travel is encouraged. And the caliber of the students we teach is rather high.

    Cons

    Columbia is a bureaucratic nightmare. In order to get approval for the meager fellowships and stipends that are offered to graduate students, we are required to submit several detailed applications and forms and reports. None of the fellowship money is meant to be used for personal expenses outside of lodging and food (don't ask where you are supposed to find money to pay for basic toiletries). And there are not enough hours in the week to account for the amount of teaching/grading/research/coursework that is asked of the students.

    Advice to Management

    Your graduate students are your cheap labor force and you treat them as such. Try to value them more.

  10. Undergraduate student

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

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

    Pros

    they are treating cases with a lot professionalism

    Cons

    I takes time to get answer for normal requests

  11. Good work place atmosphere for personal growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The university does a good job at fostering personal growth and employee development. Compensation is generally very competitive and well-received.

    Cons

    Some of the work at the university can be slow-paced due to international grant organizations or government grants. Bureaucratic work can slow things down significantly.

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