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Columbia University Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
549 Reviews
3.8
549 Reviews
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
Lee C. Bollinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great place to work IT

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    Current Employee - CUIT Help Desk I in New York, NY
    Current Employee - CUIT Help Desk I in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked at the help desk level, their position was great.. unfortunetly it was a temp job. It helped open doors though to bigger and better things. The manager I had, Francisco.. he was awesome and very understanding.

    Cons

    Hire your good hard working temps!

  2.  

    Excellent Work-Life Balance, Competitive Salary, but Lacks Challenge

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    They provide reasonable, competitive salary, great benefits and work-life balance. I appreciate their tuition remission program as well. While it depends on which school/department you work at and whom you work with, I generally had positive experience with all of my colleagues. I like that I am working in the academia where I am contributing to the community of highly motivated faculty and bright students.

    Cons

    I am still a young professional (in late 20's), and to be honest the slow-pace working environment and repetitive work can get dull sometimes. I miss the fast-paced, challenging work environment. Some administrators are not as motivated as you are, and can get things dragged on forever, which can be frustrating if you are ambitious.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good mix of academic and work experience

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    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    High quality academic environment, easy to come across research assistant positions in different departments.

    Cons

    Not much benefits in terms of health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider including health insurance for doctoral students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Exicellent Loved working for the university

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

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

    Pros

    Nice working atmospere , Friendly employees Clean environment

    Cons

    Trying to obtain a fulltime position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    smart people around

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    academia, promotion, personal growth, future development

    Cons

    working environment, office space, oppurtunity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work in HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    its okay, a bit bureurocratic but nice hours, nice benefits

    Cons

    it can get kind of boring, slow paced, red tap

  8.  

    Great working environment, yet again expect to get stuck at hiring pay if staff.

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Taking free courses and working with grate minds (at times)

    Cons

    increasing work loads with lack of vision from management, on so many levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot more collaboration between departments... need to offer more incentives to keep top talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Love it, great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Great hours great people, love my job

    Cons

    Too little hours only part time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Red Tape

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salary, diverse, forward thinking

    Cons

    slow to move, too many chefs, self centered leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Red Tape nightmare.

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

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    New leadership as provided better training in the past. Gives a person the chance to better their crisis management skills. Provides free housing in Manhattan on campus while attending Columbia University. Your schedule is generally flexible.

    Cons

    Many of the supervisors are inept, lazy, or unprofessional. They're is little growth opportunity, and the position is under compensated compared to the benefits received at other Universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the compensation plan so that it is comparable with other institutions. Bring in new leadership that is not stale in their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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