Columbia University Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Senior Technician/Lab Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working at Columbia University provides you with an opportunity to not only meet world-renowned scientists and professors, but also to participate in scientific research, which has implications beyond the laboratory. If you put the required effort and work, you will have a chance of being included among the authors in a scientific paper.

    Cons

    The overall bureaucracy is pretty bad and communication with or between the many departmental offices can be challenging. Disconnect between the main campus and the Medical Center is troubling but not unmanageable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Pretty good, culture varies

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

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful campus, can have great colleagues

    Cons

    Low pay. What will make or break your experience are the people you work with and for. CU is huge and every school/dept has its own feel and culture. Vet these people well to be sure it's a good fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose good people because they refuse to play dirty. Don't reward malicious behavior.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good for a graduate research assistant

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

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

    Pros

    - Good faculty and advisors, if you manage to get a good one
    - Good research facilities
    - Competitive compensation, because company has lots of money

    Cons

    - Disorganized institution. Lots of people who can't answer your question / do what you need done.
    - Class quality varies widely. Some are great; some are not. It mostly depends on the teacher.
    - NYC cost of living is high

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Very fulfilling and professionally enriching experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, flexibility with work hours and work from home benefits. Good potential for growth as a researcher with good academia outreach.

    Cons

    Salary is low for the location. Health benefits are mediocre for the monthly premium paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary needs to be commensurate with the subject matter expertise of the employees and their experience. Given that the university has its own med. school and clinic, health insurance premiums can be lowered by collective bargaining with the providers and the insurance company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. PhD student life in 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus in NYC.
    Incredible collaboration from smart and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    lack of rooms to fit graduate students together results in a terrible isolation.
    No physical space for students activities and parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being greedy! no need to have more than 4 cafe shops in a small campus that is already surrounded by tons of cafes, bars, and restaurants on the expense of free space for students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Athletics Student Worker

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Student Worker in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Easy work, flexible hours, both in office and at competitions

    Cons

    Some of the offices are off campus, making it inconvenient to work during the week with classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Columbia Business School in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Columbia Business School in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great Experience, the people here are very nice to undergrads

    Cons

    Nothing, I'm here as an intern and the pay is nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice. They're great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Just as you would expect, working for someone else's ideas so that one day you can get your shot

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

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Work on my own time
    Working for a good cause
    Supervisor is understanding
    Places you on the right track for grad school

    Cons

    At the end of the day, you are doing things that are trivial. But just as anywhere else, you start at the bottom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. It's a great place if you make it work for you

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

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

    Pros

    Overall, it's a great learning environment and gives you access to very high level people. I found my department to be very flexible and hands off when it came to managing staff. I enjoyed it because you are pretty much on your own.

    Cons

    In my department there was very little supervision and this can be a downfall when you need some guidance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting so much time talking nonsense at meetings and actually do things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Course Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    It is a great opportunity for graduates learning while working there. Besides learning more about the courses, constructing a connection with professors is also a good thing for their future study and career.

    Cons

    Usually it won't burden your workload on your own study too much, if you have enough former knowledge about the courses your will assist in. Otherwise, it is more like to enroll one more course in that semester.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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