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Columbia University Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
587 Reviews
3.8
587 Reviews
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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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    Technical Specialist

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Up and coming new development always. Lots of opportunity for post baccalaureate candidates

    Cons

    Employees voices should could used a little more for enterprise productivity and stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Review on columbia university

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    A lot of freedom to do as I wish. In NYC so could explore the area. Great and intelligent coworkers.

    Cons

    Sometimes, project were a little unstructured. People were bouncing back and forth. Could use a manger of some sorts to keep logistics organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work!

  3.  

    Innovative and inspiring place to work

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    Former Employee - Library in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Library in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work with extremely talented and motivating team

    Cons

    High dedication and self-commitment of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully immerse yourself and always try harder!

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Master student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    It is a great university with great teachers and students. It is strong especially in natural language processing. If you love big city, this is the place.

    Cons

    The living cost is high, and you will probably find it's hard to get to Manhattan because the it's a bit far if you live near the university. But apart from that, nothing to complain about.

  6.  

    Good option for a part-time job

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

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It only asks for 10 hours work per week. Workload is relatively small. And most of the time, the actual work time will be less than 10 hours per week.

    Cons

    If the professor of the course like to dump a lot of tasks on you, or if the course is opened for the first time, then there might be many trivia to do. Not very difficult but somehow time consuming.

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    Confessions of a Poor Grad Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great place to be a grad student, if you have a good adviser. the University is filled with smart people and there are a ton of interesting activities and the neighborhood is great.

    Cons

    How long you are here is highly dependent on a number of factors, including, but not limited to your advisor, funding, and the group/department you are in. There is the occasionally the feeling of lots of red tape when trying to implement something new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I had a great experience at Columbia University as a tutor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    One of the best things about the job is that you make your work schedule.

    Cons

    Sometimes no one signs up for a tutor or when they do, the semester is almost over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    SIPA Student Affairs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great hours.
    Seasoned and effective supervisor.
    Great neighborhood and easy location.
    Motivated students.
    Rewarded for achievement.

    Cons

    Lots of leadership transitions during my tenure leading to new expectations pretty regularly.
    Salary a little low for the market.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It is awesome place to study

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    Current Employee - Master Studeng in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Master Studeng in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are so much smart guys there who you can work with

    Cons

    The workload is large but very challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Grader of Course Sample Survey

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

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, fun working atmosphia

    Cons

    getting paid takes 6 weeks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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