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premier academic institution in the most vibrant of cities

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Current Employee - Associate Prof in New York, NY
Current Employee - Associate Prof in New York, NY

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

Pros

intellectual community, creative, innovative, beautiful

Cons

same as any other research1 university: publish or perish, administration

Advice to ManagementAdvice

listen to the faculty

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
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    Positive Experience

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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 as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good environment to work in.
    - The people are nice and are willing to help.
    - Many opportunities to learn from your peers and supervisor.

    Cons

    - Can be time consuming occasionally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Incredible opportunities and a promotion-resistant environment

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

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

    Pros

    Columbia University recruits some of the greatest minds on earth, so working there as an officer of researcher allows you access to truly brilliant individuals. This kind of opportunity is difficult to find and is not to be taken for granted.

    Cons

    Columbia has a hostile attitude towards promotion in the academic positions. If the department wants to hire a position that the administration doesn't deem sufficient, the hiring does not take place. Also, the cache of working at an Ivy league school effectively allows them to pay less, a common practice, but one with serious consequences in New York City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Columbia enjoys recruiting academic super stars. This is fine, but those super stars and the departments they are in also need appropriate support, in the form of non-jet-setting tenured professors and adequate research facilities, to continue to be effective. Furthermore, you could allow your soft money staff researchers to have a portion of the overhead secured from existing grants so that they are paid for their efforts in securing new funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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