Columbia University Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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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)

  • Pay scale rather low, especially for New York (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Stable work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

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

    Pros

    I don't hate working here. Even on Mondays. It's not a bad job. It's not a great job, but it's not a bad job.

    Cons

    It's not a great job. My work is not my own -- I am supporting somebody else's career. There is a lack of professionalism among senior faculty.

    Advice to Management

    More staff development across departments would be nice. I don't know who my HR person is. I don't know who to contact for Benefits questions. And so on.


  2. Teaching Fellow

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful colleagues. Experiences vary widely by department, but the grad school does offer central trainings and has leveled stipends.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be cumbersome. However, my particular department had wonderful workers who knew how to navigate the various entities.


  3. Pretty solid place.

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Pay is competive considering it is academia. Solid benefits for health, dentistry, and vision.

    Cons

    It is academia so pay is not greatest for administration and there can sometimes be the mentality of administration vs faculty.


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  5. Executive Assistant

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

    I worked at Columbia University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to establish professional network

    Cons

    the management team can be aloof


  6. Review

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    Former Employee - Event Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Event Management in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Great city, wonderful people. It is clear that people really enjoy the others they work with. There is a work culture that is inclusive to minorities.

    Cons

    I cannot muster up any cons that really stick out. There were typical politics but nothing over the top or extraordinary.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be to not get caught up in politics. Well done with diversity inclusion.


  7. So far the company is a fine company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Porter/Clerk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Porter/Clerk in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

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

    Pros

    It's such an amazing and most interesting place to work I worked as a casual worker where I met so many positive and professional people with great attitudes. The professors and students worked so hard to reach there goals it really it just made me no that furthering your education is very important.

    Cons

    To be very honest I can't say nothing bad about the company because the company is do impressive to me.


  8. Columbia Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    In the middle of New York. Good professors. Good environment.

    Cons

    Too many master students. Most grad classes not research oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the student number, increase the quality


  9. Great university

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    • 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    In the new york city. Competitive programmes and a good number of intern opportunities in the new york city.

    Cons

    Intense pressure. Expensive housing cost around campus.


  10. Great Place to Work, Grow and Develop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palisades, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palisades, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is key at the LDEO campus, it is a great atmosphere, thriving work, interesting and benefiting the community and world. very active lifestyles with soccer, volleyball, flag football, tai-chi, yoga and more offered at lunch time. On campus Cafeteria. Great benefits, lots of opportunities on various campus' for career growth.

    Cons

    pay can be low depending on the position, if commuting from the city, there is a shuttle but it can take quite a while.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, the environment cultured at LDEO is great, the rest of the University should promote an active lifestyle, employees tend to work harder and be loyal when they are appreciated.


  11. Great training environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    unique training environment with excellent resources

    Cons

    difficult funding climate limits opportunities to develop and establish research endeavors at the postdoc and early faculty levels



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