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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
584 Reviews
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Pros
  • Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Slow moving, no growth, depressing environment. Complacency rules here..

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

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

    Pros

    Work hours are very light and responsibility is lighter.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty bad, managers are incapable of delegating responsibility, and people who possess any drive are ridiculed for it. There is too many employees for the amount of work to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives are a good thing. Train your employees to grow and contribute, not just to be subordinate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    graduate student

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

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

    Pros

    really like my PI, great place to work, fun place to live, student housing is nice and affordable.

    Cons

    work-life balance can be off depending on what group you are in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great university to work for

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very laid back, not too demanding. Always easy to manage one's time because things to do sort of just came as you went. There are always new techs coming in, so I wasn't the only new person there when I first came in.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Stagnant job. Decent monetary compensation, but not that many perks or benefits. Columbia-Presbyterian is involved in talks with unions, and future seems uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Computer Science Research Intern

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

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    got to work on interesting research problems, very flexible, community was welcoming, pay was good

    Cons

    I was working by myself and not in a team

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, opportunities for career growth, excellent colleagues, interesting and meaningful work. Very good work/life balance, and a beautiful campus! I was able to take courses that improved my personal and professional life.

    Cons

    I did not experience any challenges at all while working at Columbia. It was an ideal place filled with interesting and intelligent people. It was an honor and privilege to work for this institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot teaching introductory and advanced labs at Columbia. It was kinda fun!

    Cons

    They don't pay you to TA. I was on a fellowship, but my department still required a bunch of TA credits.

  8.  

    Great organization to work for

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The organization has a tremendous number of talented and innovative individuals, all with the dedication and creativity to address the world's most pressing issues in sustainable development and climate change.

    Cons

    Sometimes there were too many administrative barriers to getting projects where you want to be and when.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    TA-ing is a great opportunity to make money and gain experience while finishing your degree

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    Former Employee - Curriculum and Grading Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Curriculum and Grading Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    great opportunity to make money and gain experience while finishing your degree

    Cons

    Some classes have much more work to grade and support than others but all are paid the same

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Big Academic Institution

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big, with so many PIs and research opportunities. Lots of intelligent people. Perfect for young scientist trying to figure out what to do. There is a lot of freedom to pursue research interests and to be relatively independent. This place is the path to academia professorship if you are smart, ambitious and lucky.

    Cons

    Big. So big, there are so many bureaucracy and waste. Smart people come and leave. Whether you have a good experience is highly dependent on who is your boss. The benefits is OK, but the pay is on the lower side. Not good for long term staying.

  11.  

    Decent job, surprising lack of infrastructure given level of university

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    Former Employee - Faculty Desktop Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Faculty Desktop Support in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, most faculty are friendly and gracious. I spent my time helping professors and administrators with their various computer problems. Most fell under similar categories and were thus easily resolved. I greatly enjoyed the ability to schedule my own hours and come and go as I pleased.

    Cons

    Communication was sometimes difficult. Never got a raise. Sometimes it was frustrating having to wait for departmental approval to proceed with work requests, or to figure out exactly who was responsible for helping a particular client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful for all involved if on-campus computing were more integrated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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