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Columbia University Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
551 Reviews
3.8
551 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 30 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Red Tape

    • 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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salary, diverse, forward thinking

    Cons

    slow to move, too many chefs, self centered leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Red Tape nightmare.

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

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    New leadership as provided better training in the past. Gives a person the chance to better their crisis management skills. Provides free housing in Manhattan on campus while attending Columbia University. Your schedule is generally flexible.

    Cons

    Many of the supervisors are inept, lazy, or unprofessional. They're is little growth opportunity, and the position is under compensated compared to the benefits received at other Universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the compensation plan so that it is comparable with other institutions. Bring in new leadership that is not stale in their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance. Even thought i did not work directly with students there was that feel good vibe working at an Ivy league school

    Cons

    Depending the size of the department you work for, opportunity of growth can be very limited. Some departments are just structure certain way, that do not leave any room to move up unless someone above you leaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It depends on who your supervisor is

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best research university in the US
    Great Campus
    NY
    office culture vary from lab to lab

    Cons

    High living costs
    salary not on par with living costs
    safety issue if you live in poorer neighborhood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say because there is no central management when you work in a lab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to make connections.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The labs at Lamont Doherty are a great place to meet intelligent people while enjoying nature. The labs look over a beautiful campus, located not too far from the Hudson River. The shuttle bus is also an excellent way to save on gas and time in the mornings and evenings.

    Cons

    Lamont Doherty is a little far from the campus, and while the shuttle bus is great it has its own frustrations. They are often slow with finances.

  7.  

    Extremely friendly office experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Design Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Design Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    An extremely friendly office experience, ability to work with advanced drupal builds with both front and back facing websites.

    Cons

    The in-university clients are at best illiterate and at worst on reasonable, there are near constant delays with acquiring resources for design projects.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Employee of Columbia Business School

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    Columbia and the Business School are great to work for because of the benefits and the people. Everyone is so stinkin' smart. It makes you think more, work harder and achieve greater things.

    Cons

    Everyone is so stinkin' smart. It is sometimes difficult to work with geniuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve professional development opportunities for staff.

  9.  

    A good place to work in Grad School

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

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The GCA position is an excellent opportunity for grad students. It pays well and allows you to meet some excellent professors with whom you'll build strong professional connections.

    Cons

    Consider carefully the jobs you apply to, their are a lot of positions out their, but as a grad student you'll want to make sure the one you take is advancing your career prospects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great work-study environment

    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Engaging and intelligent professors to work with
    Opportunity to work with different departments and expand knowledge/skill sets
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities
    Persistence is required to ensure project deadlines are met

  11.  

    Maintenance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Maintenance in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Don't give additional opportunities to temporally (seasonal) worker after their time is done. The exceptional work, always on time and not missing a day of work, staying late to complete task or as requested by management, working on days off to cover union workers that never show up or calls is 100% taken for granted.

    Cons

    Treat workers by laws, pay is good and by law or above. Co-workers are generally good and help each other as best as they can..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must and should take a bigger part in the relationship with workers and supervisor under then. It looks like management has no idea what's happening beneath, But the biggest issue is over spending and having too must inventory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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