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Great benefits, byzantine bureaucracy

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

I worked at Columbia University

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

If you are any sort of employee for Columbia, the benefits are excellent, with good medical insurance, dental coverage, vision riders, a relatively large amount of vacation time, nice 401(k) matching, and excellent educational opportunities.

Cons

Columbia has one of the ugliest bureaucracies I have ever dealt with. As an RA, I was generally isolated from that, but if you had to work in HR in the Interchurch building, I can imagine wanting to tear your hair out after a month. The IT support could improve. They've been getting better, but it still has a ways to go.

Advice to Management

Streamline the bureaucracy, modernize the way the CUIT operates and handles billing (charging people for Ethernet ports is counter-productive), make opt-in the default for 401(k)'s, and improve library access from off-campus.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great potential. Can be tough to work there.

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent potential for advancement and great facilities and resources. Top of the line network to help you reach your goals after some time there.

    Cons

    If you end up in a research group with a tough advisor, this can be unpleasant. Lots of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Thin the red tape. Hold Principal investigators accountable for poor treatment of team members


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lack of leadership led to wasted effort.

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

    I worked at Columbia University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The ability to interact with other departments and physicians at a well respected Ivy League University in a fantastic City.

    Cons

    A lack of direction from senior leadership leads to wasted effort.


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