Columbia University Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
521 Reviews

3.8
521 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
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    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.

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    Great Work Place

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    Current Employee - MAINTENANCE/PORTER  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - MAINTENANCE/PORTER in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I enjoy how we work as a team to correct problems as they pop up. Plus, discuss new ideas that improve work efficiency and minimized work load or time.

    Cons

    The workers (employee) did communicate with each other to improve efficiency and perform to their highest standard but management never had any time to meet and listen to our ideas and concerns. The lock of communications and the preferential treatment toward one employee is an issue that bothers many of us but we kept listen because we fear management or those special employee with influence or preferential access to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to schedule and meet with employee in private and ask then their opinion or what else they need to improve work efficiency and shorten time of respond. Stop 100% the preferential treatment toward some employee and give each employee the same support, opportunity and value their efforts too!

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Professors very helpful in giving advice...my position was research based. They have industry connections

    Cons

    the culture was amazing but my lab was too academic based and I needed more industry exposure

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    great place for research

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    a lot of cutting-edge research

    Cons

    living expenses is very high

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    Great entry level experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits - vacation, class tuition rebate, access to libraries and campus. Great variety of people.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy; unnecessary paperwork + procedures for simple things; low compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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