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Columbia University Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
644 Reviews
3.9
644 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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    Columbia University

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

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

    Pros

    Prestigiuous University with top-noch staff

    Cons

    Large instituation is somewhat dysfunctional

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place with many advancement opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Columbia is a great entity to work for as it provides a number of advancement opportunities and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Attention is given mostly to upper level staff and faculty members.

  3.  

    Unparalleled academic experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Excellent fields of study, coursework and professors

    Cons

    Not enough time to take all classes of interest

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  5.  

    I'd recommend it as a place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great medical insurance. Great education insurance. Great vacation time. Great sick time benefits.

    Cons

    Very very very big. Working experience really depends upon which school or department or division your associate it with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is excellent, professional, relaxed, caring, lots of opportunities to grow laterally and up.

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Palisades, NY
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Palisades, NY

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

    Pros

    at the LDEO campus, lots of extra activities, yoga, basketball, soccer, volleyball. Since its through Columbia University you have access to classes, training, sobaticals, almost a month's worth of time off in a year. Flexible Hours, each position varies in the liberties but it is a very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Pay is not what you would get elsewhere(such as Finance industry), but for a University it is very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within more, they do pretty good at trying to place people in jobs, but not always promoting from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working at Columbia as a Data Analyst was a great way to start my career, leverage my skills, and meet great people.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Data Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Great staff
    - Intelligent people

    Cons

    - Location
    - My limited time there allowed me to work only on one project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Generally Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Solid benefits, good environment/people, good for networking

    Cons

    Inconsistent, slow-moving leadership/management, lower than average salary, lack of regard for employees' problems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    nice neighborhood. in new york city

    Cons

    dining hall is no good

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    Student Employment

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

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers in a relaxed but professional environment.

    Cons

    Lower pay than you might find with other admin work in the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring students!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Administrator

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Fair salaries given context in NYC area, excellent working environment

    Cons

    NYC housing wildly expensive. For families, NYC public education is horrible, or horrible to navigate to get to the good stuff. Private education is wildly expensive. Commuting from outside NYC eats up a large proportion of your life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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