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Awful infrastructure run by overpaid and indifferent executives and managers.

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

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

Pros

Location. Tons to do nearby. Lots of restaurants and food options. Good public transportation.

Cons

Everything else. Bureaucratic. Indifferent management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Where to begin. This is by far the worst place I have ever worked. I'm shocked they have such a high rating on GD. it's like working at the MVA without all the glitz and glamour (sarcasm).

The People: Most of the central and administrative staff consists of folks too ignorant, incompetent or indifferent to be of any utility whatsoever. Most are underpaid and under-qualified resulting in a high turnover rate. Those employees who do stay learn quickly to keep their head down and pass work off to some other poor soul.

The Systems: Timesheets are done manually. Seriously Columbia? What year is this? Good luck remembering your project's account number - which some genius changed from 6 digits to 54 alpha numeric "chartstring". Want a project financial report? Be prepared to spend 15 minutes trying to access a system that logs you out every 60 seconds. If you are lucky enough to finally pull a report, the output is literally 20 columns long with a font size an ant couldn't read. Have a technical problem? Submit a "Service Now" request and someone will quickly give you a non-answer and close out your ticket to keep the response metrics high.

Senior Management: Completely tone deaf. Too busy patting themselves on the back for all the nonsensical "business-speak" they vomit daily. Most spend their days go to meetings about meetings or trying to figure out the least productive way to run something or how to shake down some rich alumni to fund some unnecessary special project. The President is pushing the University to expand into Harlem and globally without the necessary capacities or cultural competencies. His deputies are too busy brown-nosing they push impossible tasks downward with disastrous outcomes. Case in point, they converted they entire financial system to some off-the-shelf ERP product in under a year on the cheap and most of the staff left out of frustration

Bottomline, Columbia looks great on a resume but if you are looking for a professional and meaningful work environment, go elsewhere.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Research Scientist

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    benefits are good, decent work-life balance

    Cons

    no way to advance career, lack of support

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    Note taker

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    Former Employee - Note Taker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Note Taker in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The task was sending the notes to the disability office of Columbia University. The burden was not heavy and all you need is to scan the notes and send to the email address.

    Cons

    It said it was a paid part time job, however, I still have not received any payment. Maybe it was low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is a good way to have SSN.

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