Teachers College Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Teachers College

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Teacher
    Current Employee - Head Teacher

    I have been working at Teachers College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Non-salary benefits are great, supportive colleagues

    Cons

    Low salary, the temperature is never comfortable in the classroom.


  2. Great People yet overworked and undercompensated

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Operations and Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Operations and Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Teachers College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The students and faculty are what make TC great. Working in administration in a collegiate environment, you constantly have to interface with them and it truly makes for an enriching experience. You meet students so diverse in backgrounds, interests, and career goals that only a place like Columbia can bring together. Most in administration is very hard-working and talented as well and it is always a pleasure working with driven folks.

    Cons

    It's clear that there's a revolving door at TC. I have been with them now for a couple of years and have seen dozens of talented people come and go, it's staggering. There's also a pervasive idea that we must be compensated at what they call "industry level" yet we live and work in Manhattan. Living in NYC is not like living in some rural town with a prestigious college/university yet we're paid the same. This is the primary reason I feel people get disillusioned fast.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess the tuition benefit in such a way where if you decide not to use it, it gets paid out as a bonus at the end of the year.


  3. Media Technician - low pay, ungrateful teachers, interesting work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Teachers College part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to interact with a lot of different equipment: computers, projectors, microphones, smart boards, overheads (for real), the bosses and coworkers are pretty great.

    Cons

    Upper management at Teachers College is very political and frustrating, pay is very low for the hard work put in, teachers are usually not grateful for the on-call assistance.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, encourage teachers to be more appreciative.


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  5. Frustrating and Inappropriate

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Innovation Fellow in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Innovation Fellow in New York, NY

    I worked at Teachers College

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch on Wednesdays (nice lunch too not pizza) and the ability to meet young energetic minds.

    Cons

    This is a review about the EdLab, which is part of the Gottesman Library. It’s a great concept for a education lab and sounds very appealing on paper. Unfortunately the management kills the whole thing, particularly on development and research. It’s constant passive aggressive micro-management, to the point where if you’re out of your seat for too long, you get some chat messages pretending there was a meeting that you missed. It’s crazy that adults have to deal with this. Management is also more interested in your personal life than your work, calling you to meet with him 1-1 but he asks you more questions about your personal life than about work. He pries into every detail, not letting things go until you tell him what he wants to know, often times about your relationships. It’s very inappropriate and uncomfortable. Despite all the work the education sector needs it’s best to stay away. It’s too hard to get work done there and you’ll feel deflated and frustrated by management at every turn.

    Advice to Management

    Make the environment professional. Leave people's personal lives out of work and focus on actually doing the transformational work that they talk about so much.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to Work and Get Education

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teachers College full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Teachers College has great employees. Most of them are also students. The Union members have pretty good benefits like free health care and a pension plan. Summer hours are a huge bonus.

    Cons

    Can be highly bureaucratic and a lot of red tape. Sometimes there is a lot of miscommunication between departments.


  7. Nice that it's there

    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

    I have been working at Teachers College part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best benefit is the name of the institution. Teacher's College has a great reputation for it's graduates in the national and international teaching community. Association with Columbia University is also nice. Some perks are being able to use the facilities every now and then for outside activities related to your job. I usually like the students who are eager to learn and eager to get good grades. There's more prestige involved than there is pay. Most of the professors are dedicated educators. Human day-to-day work environment is good.

    Cons

    Pay is OK but can take forever to receive. Once you start working don't think about it, eventually it will catch up to itself. Adjuncts have to fill out a rehire packet every year, even if you've been there for over a decade. Out of the blue they give you two or three days to do about 50 pages of paperwork that needs to be turned in or your job is in jeopardy. They don't warn you in advance when they need it. I photocopied every page finally to keep so I don't have to suddenly fill out 50 pages of paperwork under pressure from scratch to keep my classes. The departments are wonderful in terms of personnel it's HR that's a pain. Parking is rough.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making adjuncts who have been there for a long time fill out lengthy rehire packets every year. It's demeaning to be treated like a new hire by those who are relatively new hires and stressful to finish in the window they give you to do it.


  8. ESL Instructor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teachers College part-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good management and administration, fair and timely pay, professional and academic staff, school reputation, location, flexible schedule. Overall it was a good experience.

    Cons

    No opportunity for permanent position with school unless you have a Ph.D and years of extensive research and teaching experience.


  9. Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teachers College

    Pros

    Professional environment, great reputation, great location

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth, average top management


  10. Great Culture and life/work balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Teachers College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture and place to work with life/work balance

    Cons

    Salaries tend to be a bit low for some position or number of job responsibilities assigned

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair, especially with those employees that get assigned extra responsibilities to their already overflowing duties. If more responsibilities are assigned, there should be a salary increase.


  11. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Teachers College full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere. Great benefits. Huge company contribution to 403B.

    Cons

    No clear career path for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to providing career paths and growing the talent you have in house.



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