Columbia University Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
524 Reviews

3.8
524 Reviews
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Columbia is great, the school I work at is not

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great intellectual atmosphere, you can be exposed to amazing things and learn new things every day if you want to. The benefits and paid time off are excellent!

    Cons

    The school I work at has a very challenging culture making for a very difficult work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a culture that supports and encourages employees is always a great thing.

    Approves of CEO
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    graduate student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    really like my PI, great place to work, fun place to live, student housing is nice and affordable.

    Cons

    work-life balance can be off depending on what group you are in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great university to work for

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very laid back, not too demanding. Always easy to manage one's time because things to do sort of just came as you went. There are always new techs coming in, so I wasn't the only new person there when I first came in.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Stagnant job. Decent monetary compensation, but not that many perks or benefits. Columbia-Presbyterian is involved in talks with unions, and future seems uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Computer Science Research Intern

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    got to work on interesting research problems, very flexible, community was welcoming, pay was good

    Cons

    I was working by myself and not in a team

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, opportunities for career growth, excellent colleagues, interesting and meaningful work. Very good work/life balance, and a beautiful campus! I was able to take courses that improved my personal and professional life.

    Cons

    I did not experience any challenges at all while working at Columbia. It was an ideal place filled with interesting and intelligent people. It was an honor and privilege to work for this institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Teaching Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot teaching introductory and advanced labs at Columbia. It was kinda fun!

    Cons

    They don't pay you to TA. I was on a fellowship, but my department still required a bunch of TA credits.

  8.  

    Hot mess

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    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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    Bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of great opportunities to further your education, attend lectures, seminars and workshops from researchers at the forefront of their subject. Departments are close-knit and the people are generally friendly and willing to lend a hand when needed.

    Cons

    Administration is very unorganized and there is a lot of red tape to go through to get things done. Lack of communication and coordination between administrations of different schools within the university, as well as between the school administrations and the university administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized. Know what is going on in your department/school/university. Spend less time pushing for a higher ranking and more time listening to your students/faculty/staff about ways to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Slow moving, no growth, depressing environment. Complacency rules here..

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work hours are very light and responsibility is lighter.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty bad, managers are incapable of delegating responsibility, and people who possess any drive are ridiculed for it. There is too many employees for the amount of work to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives are a good thing. Train your employees to grow and contribute, not just to be subordinate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Job is not difficult, some flexibility on work schedule.

    Cons

    Bad communication up through management. Also

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not contribute to union divide by lying to your employees about pay and policies.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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