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Columbia University Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
553 Reviews
3.8
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Columbia University President and Trustee 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 31 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.  

    Confessions of a Poor Grad Student

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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

    Great place to be a grad student, if you have a good adviser. the University is filled with smart people and there are a ton of interesting activities and the neighborhood is great.

    Cons

    How long you are here is highly dependent on a number of factors, including, but not limited to your advisor, funding, and the group/department you are in. There is the occasionally the feeling of lots of red tape when trying to implement something new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Grader of Course Sample Survey

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, fun working atmosphia

    Cons

    getting paid takes 6 weeks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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!

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    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
  11.  

    It was a wondereful working for CU.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits , unlimited Sick time, training.

    Cons

    Trying to get a raise, personal growth,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pratice what you preach.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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