Columbia University
3.6 of 5 491 reviews
www.columbia.edu New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Columbia University Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.6 491 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(220 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
491 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Dynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance"
    in 25 reviews
  • "access to the best academic professionals in New York City"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Starting salaries are also not as high or competitively priced as they should be considering the cost of living in the nyc metro area"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Low Pay and not much room for advancement; Starting to cut benefits"
    in 7 reviews
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    Nice place to work, collaborative

    Biological Sciences Graduate Student Fellow (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHealth care included, no set hours. Tuition is also payed for so the value of this job is actually greater than $100 per year.

    ConsNo dental coverage, no payment schedule provided. Salary payments are irregular and unpredictable although they still add up to the correct yearly salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNotify students of payment schedule for the full term of their given fellowship.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt is just a regular part-time job for students, , but is really good experience for you to meet with faculty, which is quite useful for future connection building. If you want to continue in academia in the future, it is also great, or even required, experience.

    ConsBasically I don't have any cons on this position.

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    Laboratory Technician (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosflexible working environment and lab culture

    Consa lot of bureaucracy in administration

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    Great library system. Loved working there.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsColumbia is at the forefront of library science, and is a great place to work.

    ConsIt's very large, and can be overwhelming at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad campus job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, decent pay, good coworkers, nice location

    ConsBasic entry-level campus student job

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe a slightly larger staff would help

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    Competitive research

    Associate Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsHigh level of research, scientific community open for collaborations.

    ConsLow compensation and low chance for promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A dream job in many ways - but not perfect.

    Professor (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsColumbia is a top ranked university. It is highly regarded throughout the world and an employment here carries great prestige. There is a great intellectual environment here with many smart people and opportunities.

    ConsManu administrative structures seem to be outdated, making daily operations somewhat more burdensome than they should be for an institution of this caliber. Salaries both for administrative staff and faculty are relatively low, compared to other top tier institutions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had a decent experience working at Columbia

    Dodge Front Desk Assistant (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsColumbia is a very prestigious institution. I got to meet a lot of interesting people. The manager is very good with giving employees very flexible hours.

    ConsThe pay is low compared to other jobs that you can do at Columbia. There is little personal growth with the job. Most people who do this job do it for the money. Students can be difficult to work with at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to personally invest in employees more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked, Underpaid

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe campus is beautiful and being in an academic environment in NYC is wonderful

    ConsOverworked, Underpaid, Unappreciated and no willingless to address problems

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would be nice if there was an actual attempt to develop and train staff.

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    PhD Fellow, SEAS

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocation, students, people, lunches are all things I would consider pros about this institution. These facts are irrefutble.

    ConsSmall departments, sad buildings, bad location are all things I struggled with when I was a PhD student there. Should have gone elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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