Columbia University Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
521 Reviews

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521 Reviews
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Dynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance (in 27 reviews)

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


Cons
  • salaries are generally really low for New York City standards (in 12 reviews)

  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice place to work, collaborative

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    Current Employee - Biological Sciences Graduate Student Fellow  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Biological Sciences Graduate Student Fellow in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Health care included, no set hours. Tuition is also payed for so the value of this job is actually greater than $100 per year.

    Cons

    No dental coverage, no payment schedule provided. Salary payments are irregular and unpredictable although they still add up to the correct yearly salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notify students of payment schedule for the full term of their given fellowship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teaching Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    It is just a regular part-time job for students, , but is really good experience for you to meet with faculty, which is quite useful for future connection building. If you want to continue in academia in the future, it is also great, or even required, experience.

    Cons

    Basically I don't have any cons on this position.

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    lab technician

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    flexible working environment and lab culture

    Cons

    a lot of bureaucracy in administration

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  5.  

    Great library system. Loved working there.

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

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Columbia is at the forefront of library science, and is a great place to work.

    Cons

    It's very large, and can be overwhelming at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a bad campus job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, good coworkers, nice location

    Cons

    Basic entry-level campus student job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe a slightly larger staff would help

  7.  

    Competitive research

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High level of research, scientific community open for collaborations.

    Cons

    Low compensation and low chance for promotion.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A dream job in many ways - but not perfect.

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Columbia is a top ranked university. It is highly regarded throughout the world and an employment here carries great prestige. There is a great intellectual environment here with many smart people and opportunities.

    Cons

    Manu administrative structures seem to be outdated, making daily operations somewhat more burdensome than they should be for an institution of this caliber. Salaries both for administrative staff and faculty are relatively low, compared to other top tier institutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a decent experience working at Columbia

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    Former Employee - Dodge Front Desk Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Dodge Front Desk Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Columbia is a very prestigious institution. I got to meet a lot of interesting people. The manager is very good with giving employees very flexible hours.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to other jobs that you can do at Columbia. There is little personal growth with the job. Most people who do this job do it for the money. Students can be difficult to work with at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to personally invest in employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I have been working at Columbia University as protein crystallographe for 12 years.

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Scientist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is opportunity to apply a new approaches for cancer treatment. It will include comparing
    the DNA sequences with different patients.

    Cons

    Opportunity for training to achieve the goal.

  11.  

    PhD student satisfies with facilities, science

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    NYC, access to great minds, equipment and facilities.

    Cons

    expensive to live, access to resources can be difficult (professors etc.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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