Columbia University Reviews

Updated September 3, 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. Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get paid, you don't have to pay tuition, and you have benefits such as health insurance and housing. Plus a very good education.

    Cons

    Not a lot of money for living in NYC. Sometimes you get lost in the bureaucracy that is higher education.

    Advice to Management

    You treat students pretty well, but perhaps assign some people to help manage their issues more personally. It's easy to get lost in the shuffle.


  2. Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pretty good experience in new york city

    Cons

    I don't have anything specific


  3. Adjunct Professor

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Whitestone, NY
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Whitestone, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the job I was given.

    Cons

    I wish I could still be there

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great learning experience, opportunity to work with faculty

    Cons

    Some miscommunication from administration about course expectations


  6. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere . Excellent learning experience

    Cons

    Might get hectic at times . Be wise in choosing your advisors

    Advice to Management

    Must pay attention to the employees concerns.


  7. columbia

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Doctoral Student in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    in the city of new york would be nice if you like large cities. it is convenience and close to everything.

    Cons

    campus is small comparing to universities in smaller cities. living cost is high but compensated by higher salaries.

    Advice to Management

    i think overall is pretty good. so i do not have more advice to the management.


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    Professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding academic and collegial resources. Bright, motivated student body. Diverse, articulate, and motivated for making the world a better place.

    Cons

    Adjunct faculty are limited to 3 courses per year.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to involve faculty in aspects of the course and curriculum development.


  9. Excellent work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues and really interesting and varied projects. Beautiful campus which is a surprise considering you're in NYC. Manhattanville exciting and explosive.

    Cons

    Long way uptown from midtown. The commute is a killer and there's not much uptown besides the University so you do feel a little out of the loop in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work letting people work sane hours! Managers understand that family comes first and seem to get out the door themselves at a reasonable time of day. They set a great example.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Red Tape

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, and good pay

    Cons

    beauracratic red tape and lots of back and forth to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    too much old guard, old ways...new blood needs to step in and take over


  11. Academe

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Autonomy, Mentorship, Provost Office, fellow junior faculty

    Cons

    Start up funds, space, human resources



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