Columbia University Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
Lee C. Bollinger
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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)

  • Pay scale rather low, especially for New York (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Assistant Director

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    tuition, health, flexible spending, and culture benefits

    Cons

    politics, frequent lack of ethics, lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    be ethical


  2. Post doctoral Research Scientist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Amazing place, lots of smart people !!!

    Cons

    nothing have to say. A great place for scientists.

    Advice to Management

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    Former Employee - Business Process Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Process Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a very laid back atmosphere. The offices were newly renovated back in 2012 and the new management had some great direction and strategy right before I departed. Benefits package is pretty standard and solid with the exception of tuition benefits. It kept changing on us plus it was almost impossible to apply it towards any meaningful degree program because it was quite strict.

    Cons

    The new management is new for a reason: it's clear they needed new direction. Also, working in higher ed administration within an Ivy League institution is quite unique. They don't really feel like they have to be at the cutting edge or constantly develop new exciting administrative tech because they don't really have to compete for students. The name sells itself.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a more flexible tuition benefit with the idea that your staff will (and should be encouraged to) take full advantage of it.


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  5. Part-time Student Worker

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

    I worked at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent communication between staff and admin.

    Cons

    Nothing really, it was a good place

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  6. Project Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and amount of days off, unlimited sick days. You are able to take two classes per semester tuition free and work towards a Master.

    Cons

    Completely political. If your EVP does not get along with other EVP good luck trying to get anything accomplished. Completely bureaucratic with everyone passing on the responsibility to others. No one ever wants to take responsibilities for specific projects.


  7. Administrative Positions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to take classes at Columbia Prestigious place to work Union positions have great salaries

    Cons

    Management positions are not always paid the same as equivalent corporate salaries Not a lot of career development for non-union management positions

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to keep quality people instead of letting them go elsewhere.


  8. Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent resources. Some labs are conducting cutting-edge research and there are opportunities for stellar publications. Most peers are very friendly and willing to help one another.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult. It is expected that a fellow will work many hours to complete his or her project. A fellow is technically not an employee of the university, so benefits may become an issue, particularly if you have a spouse or family. The pay for a fellow is very low and is extremely difficult to live on in New York City. It is also expected that you will not be promoted to Assistant Professor for many, many years after being a postdoc or similar level.


  9. A great starting job for manufacturing and prototyping

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Interesting projects, a boss thats more interesting in you learning and encourages you constantly

    Cons

    No cons, other than the occasionally boring project.


  10. Business School is great work enviroment but doesn't pay market rate

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work-life balance Terrific teammates Professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive Pressure is substantial Hours are longer than typical non-profit job

    Advice to Management

    Adjust pay scale


  11. Great summer job.

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

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good hours. No bureaucracy. Laid-back.

    Cons

    Temporary. No supervision. No innovation.



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