Columbia University Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Ivy League status make Columbia abusing the young scientists looking for a carrier

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Correct benefit, surround by some of the best scientists in the world who are working here or come to give talks, prestigious name, exciting city

    Cons

    Salary is way too low compare to the cost of living in NYC. Columbia University is not supportive with the employees (one of the biggest building owner in the city but provide for the post-doc only few terrible and every expensive apartments), salary raise are control, HR office is a disaster trying to protect the company instead of helping their employee. If you don't have a good advisor (which fortunately is not my case) you are alone to face them.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your young scientist even if they don't have a permanent position. They try to build their carrier, find amazing results in their field but have to face unexpected challenge with their institution. This is a shame when you dedicate most of our life trying to make a good job and advance knowledge. Most of them perceive Columbia like a company focus on making money on their back instead of helping them in their research or making progress in education and science.


  2. Researcher

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Management position is enjoyable.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic. Constant language barriers. People have difficulty communicating here.

    Advice to Management

    Acquire Americans and people who speak English well.


  3. Awful Administration

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

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

    Pros

    Ivy league college good scientific resources

    Cons

    awful administration every year they forget to pay me

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul Admin


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  5. Good experience overall

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge science, many opportunities to get funded, very proactive environment

    Cons

    High competitive environment Not all the administration offices are professional


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    Designer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, great benefits, supports continuing education

    Cons

    No real room for growth, workplace politics, conservative approach to problem solving


  7. takes care of its employees, at the expense of its students

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

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    great benefits, outsiders seem enamored with the brand.

    Cons

    as a private institution they aren't really beholden to anyone. minimal accountability and pressure to be efficient, nepotism and cronyism are pervasive. many labs have serious conflicts of interest (married-in staff with inflated and undeserved salary and status). it's almost as if change can only come one funeral/retirement at a time.

    Advice to Management

    principal investigators should undergo mandatory management training. don't let these grant-hungry sociopaths run wild.


  8. Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, enjoyable coworkers, the best that graduate students can hope for.

    Cons

    No clear expectations, totally depends on the specific instructor of the courses.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more comprehensive health care plan, organize more activities for graduate students.


  9. TA

    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    full flexibility on my own time

    Cons

    Depends on the courses, some TAs might be very difficult


  10. Post-doctoral research fellow

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

    I worked at Columbia University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some very smart people doing smart work. Some people way to caught up on trivial crap and bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Very little preparation for transitioning into a career outside academia.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the fact that 70% (or something like that) of grad student / postdocs never make it into a tenured faculty position.


  11. Center for Career Education- Buyer Be Ware!

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

    I worked 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

    Get the Columbia University name brand attached to your resume. Other than that, this organization has very few pros.

    Cons

    The "senior leadership" at this place is horrifying- overt nepotism, incompetence, enormous egos and tons of unnecessary work. Senior leadership team is a joke- a group of buddies who are overpaid, not respected and work hard at self-promotion and taking credit for that which they do not actually do. Rules are only applied to non-friends of the top management. Senior leaders belittle and demean employees because of their own deep insecurities and issues and get away with it because of friends made in HR. These folks would never make it one day in a real work environment. This is is the place to go if you want your career to die and be faced with all that is wrong with higher education/non-profit.

    Advice to Management

    President Bollinger should cut the multi-million dollar budget of CCE and re-route those funds to student financial aid, which would be a much better investment for the University. Also, take a look at the turnover and exit interviews from CCE. That should be enough to make a leadership change.



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