Columbia University Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. great university

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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

    Pros

    great facilities, great nurturing atmosphere

    Cons

    there is no big cons about it

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Graduate school in the department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    There are very smart faculty and students to work with. The courses that are good are very good. If you find a faculty member to fund you and pass your qualifying exam the PhD program is a great learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Finding funding can be a bit tricky for some people, especially in a small department. Transferring from the masters to the PhD program is difficult for many students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The office space is very depressing. I think as the university grows it may help beneficial to invest in improvements to the student space.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Columbia University is a great place to work and study. Especially for someone who want to learn something when working.

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

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

    Pros

    I work in a library, so the work environment is very nice and comfortable, the people there are also very friendly. Supervisor is very nice to me, maybe because I am a student. I also heard that as a full-time employee, one could take any courses for free, which is really attractive.

    Cons

    I am just a part-time student working here, so I didn't consider about the promotion. Salary is quite reasonable for a student with $15/hr.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management could be more dynamic, because sometimes there is bureaucracy in University administration process, which makes efficiency very low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Office Admin at Business School.

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    Good pay; good benefits. Lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    On call all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance totally out of whack.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. As a PhD student in the CS department, I work hard, but learn a ton.

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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)

    Pros

    The CS department is great and growing. You get to learn from excellent professors while living in New York City. The city attracts great talent-- you'll see good talks from famous academics, you'll have access to (some) tech companies nearby, and conferences will often be hosted here.

    Cons

    Beyond any of the usual problems of being a PhD student... Columbia has a huge bureaucracy that is a drag when you have to deal with it for some minor issues, such as facilities problems. It also doesn't have a huge technology media apparatus, like MIT or Stanford, so it's harder for your research to get a lot of publicity. The lack of guaranteed funding over the summer, while great in encouraging internships, can make things tricky in later stages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Outstanding academic experience

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Quality of students and faculty is outstanding
    Open, collaborative environment
    Emphasis on trans-disciplinary research
    Freedom to pursue a variety of research and teaching arenas
    Location in New York provides access to a very stimulating community, the arts and finance

    Cons

    Administration is dysfunctional and there is increasing bureuacratization
    Too much emphasis on generating externally funded research
    Aging infrastructure and weak internal support for administrative functions
    Need to run your own small enterprise to overcome the operational challenges and limited financial support from the school

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    Need to significantly overhaul management processes to put faculty and students first, instead of focusing on instituting progressively more rules and reporting requirements that do not seem to serve a purpose, except to allow bureaucrats and administrators to flourish
    Restore the flexibility that existed as to how best to allocate funds from research projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. not much of growth, generous vacation package, but pay is not great

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    academic environment, relaxed 9-5 job

    Cons

    not enough of growth or mentor-ship, pay is not great, shortage of staff is made up by one person doing multiple jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start paying your staff better

  9. Worked as a RA in department of Biomedical Informatics at CUMC

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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 part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay more than morning side campus

    Cons

    work is intensive, which is totally depend on your advisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not so far

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Columbia University

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

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

    Pros

    Prestigiuous University with top-noch staff

    Cons

    Large instituation is somewhat dysfunctional

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. I'd recommend it as a place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great medical insurance. Great education insurance. Great vacation time. Great sick time benefits.

    Cons

    Very very very big. Working experience really depends upon which school or department or division your associate it with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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