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

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

-Pretty good hourly pay - Good resources and cool classrooms - Very nice students - The main campus is beautiful, and this is where most people teach - Having co-teachers was great - Observation and critique was great - You can request a schedule that works well for you. There may be some flexibility as to when your classes meet. So if you're not a morning person, you can request a 10 or 11 AM start.

Cons

- Not all rooms have internet access and/or built-in projectors - Apparently having one lukewarm student review can lead to a meeting with the director I only taught one session, and got all 4s and 5s out of 5. However, I have heard that a 3 can land you in trouble. Many part-timers have stopped working there because of this.

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  1. Lots of ways to grow as a professional, even if you are straying away from the beaten path of tenure-track academia

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, if you're able to set your own course schedule and identify your own research projects

    Cons

    Pay might not be as competitive as private sector jobs


  2. Great benefits, decent environment

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The administrative teams can be amazing, hard working people who truly care about the students and delivering a great program.

    Cons

    It can feel like there is a class system dictating that administrators have less to contribute to the program and overall success of the school than faculty. Though faculty are certainly knowledgeable and many are truly awe-inspiring, it can be demoralizing to be treated as a second class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about the values, mission and goals of the school and hold everyone accountable for their contribution, including faculty.


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