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Columbia University Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
609 Reviews
3.8
609 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.  

    Undergraduate student

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

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

    Pros

    they are treating cases with a lot professionalism

    Cons

    I takes time to get answer for normal requests

  2.  

    Good work place atmosphere for personal growth

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    The university does a good job at fostering personal growth and employee development. Compensation is generally very competitive and well-received.

    Cons

    Some of the work at the university can be slow-paced due to international grant organizations or government grants. Bureaucratic work can slow things down significantly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good

    • 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

    a good place to work study and spend the most wonderful life in----- you could meet very good people there

    Cons

    The stress is a little bit heavy, sometimes very tiring. Anyway it is a top school in US and the world.

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  5.  

    Many opportunities

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large campus, multiple unique opportunities, dedicated staff, brilliant faculty and impressive students.

    Cons

    Large, decentralized administration, typical non-profit or government-like work conditions - not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    good place to work

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    most renowned university in the world. very great environment. nice place to work.

    Cons

    being teaching assistant is tired and must handle various questions

  7.  

    Great place for students to work

    • 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

    Exposure to broad range of people from all walks of life - plus of working on a university campus

    Cons

    Tons of red tape in every department

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great University but non-MBA department are not well-managed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great staff working here and a lot of promising international students.
    Great location in the NYC, people get Columbia subsidised housing
    Great name of the university for your resume

    Cons

    The neighbourhood is not really kids friendly, many staff families live outside New York and commute.
    Housing is great, but mostly small apartments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the process of course selection better in terms of providing students with more information about the courses (feedback, work volume). This will improve satisfaction of both students and staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for a Ph.D. student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Pay is good. If you don't spend too much, the salary actually is much higher than other universities for a graduate research assistant

    Cons

    It is not easy to get in, since it does not enroll that many Ph.D. students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Being a grad student at Columbia University

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great environment to foster learning, more collarborative than one might expect.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and salary, but nothing worse than other graduate programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay (or at least benefits) would make people a lot happier and more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Learning Institute, Good Benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    State of the art facilities, world class co-workers, good job with paternity and maternity leave, beautiful location, most work is self guided.

    Cons

    bureaucracy can be overwhelming. Attempting to get simple things done may take approval from 4 or 5 people who all ask the same question

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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