Columbia University Employee Benefit: Retirement Plan | Glassdoor

Columbia University Retirement Plan

Updated Jul 21, 2014

145 employees reported this benefit

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Employer Summary

Columbia University offers a voluntary Retirement Savings program to employees

This information about the Retirement Plan benefit at Columbia University is the result of research by Glassdoor editorial staff, and was not provided directly by a representative of Columbia University. The description here may not reflect the current Columbia University Retirement Plan benefit.


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Employee Comments

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  • Nov 13, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in New York, New York State

    Good retirement benefits. You vest immediately. Columbia matches 3% to your voluntary retirement plan and after two years at Columbia, they contribute an additional 5% of your salary into your retirement plan.

  • Nov 06, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Senior Analyst in New York, New York State

    After two years of service you can contribute 3% of your salary and CU will match 3% in addition to another 5% they just give you.

  • Oct 10, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Assistant Director in New York, New York State

    Horrible match, 3%, what a joke

  • Jan 24, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in New York, New York State

    Vanguard and TIAA/CREF. University contributes some varying with seniority.

  • Jun 16, 2016
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Director of Academic Administration and Finance in New York, New York State

    The retirement plan and pension plan at Columbia is good and better than most other employers although they can request a lot of paperwork to go through with the retirement process.

  • Mar 06, 2016
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Associate Research Scientist in New York, New York State

    it pays less than I expected

  • Dec 28, 2015
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in New York, New York State

    Retirement plan is matched well!

  • Dec 06, 2015
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Technical Specialist in New York, New York State

    As far as 401K plans go, they provide you with an automatic contribution after being vested & they match, in another account, your contribution. Vanguard & TIAA Cref. Though it's no pension, so in the end you may not be able to retire comfortably from the profits, it is a decent 401K.

  • Dec 01, 2015
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in New York, New York State

    As long as you contribute enough

  • Sep 18, 2015
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Assistant Director for Finance and Administration in New York, New York State

    I don't know too much since I am far from retirement age but I know we get retiree health care, which in this day and age is a good thing.


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