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Columbia University Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
532 Reviews
3.8
532 Reviews
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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231 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Dynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance (in 27 reviews)

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


Cons
  • salaries are generally really low for New York City standards (in 12 reviews)

  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to make connections.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The labs at Lamont Doherty are a great place to meet intelligent people while enjoying nature. The labs look over a beautiful campus, located not too far from the Hudson River. The shuttle bus is also an excellent way to save on gas and time in the mornings and evenings.

    Cons

    Lamont Doherty is a little far from the campus, and while the shuttle bus is great it has its own frustrations. They are often slow with finances.

  2.  

    Employee of Columbia Business School

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    Columbia and the Business School are great to work for because of the benefits and the people. Everyone is so stinkin' smart. It makes you think more, work harder and achieve greater things.

    Cons

    Everyone is so stinkin' smart. It is sometimes difficult to work with geniuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve professional development opportunities for staff.

  3.  

    A good place to work in Grad School

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grading and Cirriculum Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Grading and Cirriculum Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The GCA position is an excellent opportunity for grad students. It pays well and allows you to meet some excellent professors with whom you'll build strong professional connections.

    Cons

    Consider carefully the jobs you apply to, their are a lot of positions out their, but as a grad student you'll want to make sure the one you take is advancing your career prospects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work-study environment

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Engaging and intelligent professors to work with
    Opportunity to work with different departments and expand knowledge/skill sets
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities
    Persistence is required to ensure project deadlines are met

  6.  

    Maintenance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Maintenance in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Don't give additional opportunities to temporally (seasonal) worker after their time is done. The exceptional work, always on time and not missing a day of work, staying late to complete task or as requested by management, working on days off to cover union workers that never show up or calls is 100% taken for granted.

    Cons

    Treat workers by laws, pay is good and by law or above. Co-workers are generally good and help each other as best as they can..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must and should take a bigger part in the relationship with workers and supervisor under then. It looks like management has no idea what's happening beneath, But the biggest issue is over spending and having too must inventory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A very satisfying experience

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Can pursue independent research and also collaborate with the best scientists

    Cons

    Limited resources in academic research fundings

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    I got paid to get a degree. This was a good thing. Being a graduate student is a good thing

    Cons

    They take full advantage of the NIH rules on graduate student payments. Which means that it is super expensive to live in the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay graduate students more.

  9.  

    Balanced lifestyle

    • 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 work-life balance. Good combination in terms of professionalism and relatively low demand on lifestyle. Good access to benefits. Great stepping-stone for career in development.

    Cons

    Pay scale rather low, especially for New York.

  10.  

    13 years at Columbia University

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits and access to free courses.
    A relaxed, academic work environment.

    Cons

    Columbia pays low but offers very good health and savings benefits.
    Free tuition was also a plus for me, though I was given the runaround when I wanted to get a degree.
    I also found it difficult to advance or move to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cut some benefits and kept salaries low after the crash of 2008,
    making it difficult for faithful staff to do free degree coursework.
    This seems illogical to me. Shouldn't an educational institution make it easy for staffers to take advantage
    of its courses and faculty? This builds staffers' skills and work incentive, and costs the institution very little, if anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hot mess

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

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    Pretty campus, excellent libraries, access to great coffee.

    Cons

    The level of disorganization and bureaucracy is ludicrous, especially when dealing across schools and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talented employees should be nurtured and groomed. The mentality instead seems to be that individuals should remain in a single position for an entire career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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