Columbia University Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Columbia University President and Trustee 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)

  • New York is quite expensive and postdocs are not very well paid (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, enjoyable coworkers, the best that graduate students can hope for.

    Cons

    No clear expectations, totally depends on the specific instructor of the courses.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more comprehensive health care plan, organize more activities for graduate students.

  2. Designer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, great benefits, supports continuing education

    Cons

    No real room for growth, workplace politics, conservative approach to problem solving

  3. TA

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

    I have been working at Columbia University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    full flexibility on my own time

    Cons

    Depends on the courses, some TAs might be very difficult

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  5. Associate research scientist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    The university of located in New York city. The university is an ivy league school therefore people respect the name. Opportunity to work with many talented scientists.

    Cons

    There are many famous scientists which makes it difficult to get ahead in the academic world. The location in NYC is inconvenient.

  6. Its a great organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    I wish the compensation was not as low as it is.

  7. Great benefits and colleagues

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Great people working there and opportunities to learn are infinite. Specific departments are excellent and relatively flat structure is helpful.

    Cons

    Administration leaves much to be desired. Things can be slow to get approved or processed. Grants-focus means everything is planned years, often, in advance.

    Advice to Management

    Try and follow more streamlined adminisrative models and try to avoid allowing longterm employees in adminisrative capacities to stagnate.

  8. Love working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Red tape can sometimes cause delays.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  9. RBML General Assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, low-stress work, plenty of down-time. Easy part-time student work.

    Cons

    For my first few weeks, I was assigned re-shelving books in the stacks, while I was also supposed to be available to retrieve items for the reading room, which was frustrating to do at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    This was partly because of the large turn-over rate of student workers, but supervisors could have been better at assigning projects to student assistants.

  10. Excellent benefits, good work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits, vacation, maternity leave, work environment

    Cons

    difficult to be taken seriously if not a faculty member

  11. Very professional. No hand holding.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer In Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lecturer In Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its Columbia! Access to top talent, students and world renowned artists, lecturers and performances.

    As a contractor, very easy to manage online without too much bureaucratic red tape to get things done.

    Cons

    Limited and specific hours.

    Shuffling classrooms can get tedious.

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