Columbia University

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Columbia University Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
585 Reviews
3.8
585 Reviews
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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 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)

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

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  1.  

    TA in MSPH

    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    I didn't TA for the core, but for a departmental class instead, which I think is a very different experience. My workload was manageable, the professor was communicative, and most of the students were easy to work with as well.

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind, I would have liked to have a log in to access computers within the department, making it easier to print out materials for the class.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Good school, great connections, good work life balance

    Cons

    poor facilities for a world class university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    PhD student life in Science

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Financial Analyst

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I looked into website. This is a reputed company

    Cons

    Financial and accounting reports and also Budget & Revenue/Profit Ananlysis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work closely with co-workers and complete the projects in time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Teaching assistant

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great experience of working with BS and MS students

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets really time consuming

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Columbia is such a large institution that there are many ways for you to grow. Personally, I have moved in different departments in the same office and found it very rewarding.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging. Also, considering that it's a higher education industry, the pace is quite fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is very strong. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.  

    Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Is located in NYC, top research school.

    Cons

    Not very good health insurance, NYC is expensive

  10.  

    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
  11.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    the opportunity as a research assistant is great

    Cons

    low salary. only $ 12 per hour

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