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January 11, 2021

What is paid time off like at Columbia University Medical Center?

Pros

In an administrative/programs focused role, I had some awesome colleagues but ultimately didn't last in the job due to an overstretched and difficult supervisor and an insufficient interviewing/hiring process. I received extremely generous severance pay upon leaving the position. Awesome benefits and time off. 35 hour workweek which people generally stuck too - I wasn't expected to work outside of work hours, even when working remotely.

Cons

Both my supervisor and her colleagues (similarly overstretched medical researchers) who interviewed me for the position did an extremely cursory job. As an early career professional with ~4 years of experience, I ended up in a far too demanding leadership position that ultimately led to me leaving the job. The individuals on the board that interviewed/hired me were excited about my public health background, but I had effectively no contact with them after my interview, and was left to an impossible task of starting an entire new medical program pretty much singlehandedly with no clinical experience. CUIMC is, at the end of the day, a hospital and medical research center, and while individuals there know that a public health, policy, and systems-focused approach is what actually promotes population health, ultimately the organization is focused on medical care and research, not the long-term health of the low-income Washington Heights community. Thus, programs exist to theoretically promote prevention-focused and systems-level change that end up being profitable because they perform surgery. My supervisor called us back into the office in July, despite no need for those in an administrative position to be working in-person during a pandemic. I found this unnecessary and dangerous, and there seemed to be no administration-level checks and balances on bringing folks back in-person to the office. Most of the time I was in person in the office, I was in a cubicle on Zoom with my colleagues who came into the office on alternate days. Completely redundant and potentially harmful give COVID-19. While I learned a ton, this was a fairly negative experience that made me far more wary about accepting "too good to be true" job offers in the future.

Awesome benefits and time off.

January 11, 2021

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February 18, 2021

Does Columbia University Medical Center offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Benefits package, location, and education

Cons

Lack of community and organization, overworked and underpaid employees, lazy management staff

Benefits package, location, and education

February 18, 2021

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October 21, 2021

Does Columbia University Medical Center offer dental insurance?

Pros

Ok Health Benefits (They don't accept their own dental insurance) 9-5 schedule

Cons

Frustrating is an understatement! Management is non-existent. Everyone wants to be your boss but no one takes responsibility when something goes wrong. Instead blames everything on the administrative side. Everyone dumps their work on us but yet we are looked at as bottom of the barrel. Continue to add excessive amount of work without extra pay Overtime was taken away after Covid so extra work is difficult to get through because of time restraints but we are still blamed and written up when not completed. Communication is also non existent. On going changes in departments and we are always the last to know although we are the ones that it affects the most. No possibility of growth Pay raises are ridiculous and some employees don't even get any due to "limited budgets" but then they have money for other dumb things

Advice to Management

Appreciate your employees. You will continue to lose the good ones because of your lack of appreciation especially when we work so hard with such limited resources.

Ok Health Benefits (They don't accept their own dental insurance)

October 21, 2021

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March 11, 2021

Does Columbia University Medical Center offer family leave?

Pros

very good benefits for whole family

Cons

pay less than average for NYC

very good benefits for whole family

March 11, 2021

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July 30, 2019

Does Columbia University Medical Center offer a wellness program?

Pros

it's in NYC has 24hr security

Cons

old buildings under construction or not functional depending on the time lab spaces are old no central lunch areas no sharing between departments bad communication bureaucracy and red tape on everything paperwork moves at a snail's pace does not reimburse for travel expenses for months and months bad benefits for graduate students and postdocs old boy's club elevators try to kill you (literally people get stuck in them so often it's ridiculous) heating on full blast in summer, AC on full blast in winter, requests for correction ignored because "the system is too complex" some of the bathrooms look like they're straight out of a horror film

Advice to Management

less paperwork, more cohesion, learn the definition of "managing"

bad benefits for graduate students and postdocs

July 30, 2019

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