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Updated February 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Great salary, great benefits, professional attitude among coworkers and supervisors alike (in 16 reviews)

  • learned a lot, coworkers were very nice, was able to be an author of publications, good benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much room for growth salary wise (in 9 reviews)

  • Pay is not decent for living in New York (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Nice place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Bio Statistician
    Current Employee - Bio Statistician

    I have been working at Columbia University Medical Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Friendly colleagues.
    2. Quite, comfort, and spacial office.
    3. 7-hour hiring.
    4. Pay is not low for non-profit.
    5. Stable job.

    Cons

    1. Less career development opportunity.


  2. "Many Pros, Many Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University Medical Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with excellent researchers and great collaborators.
    Name recognition is huge.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, difficult to advance for junior faculty.
    Privileges are not always based on merit but personal likes from the senior people.
    Little respect for support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Respect everyone, it would make a huge difference.

  3. "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Always busy, interesting research being done, constantly doing something new, fun work events

    Cons

    Tons of bureaucracy, the travel to the campus is a bit far.


  4. "Great Scientists, Lousy Infastructure"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest minds work at Columbia University, especially in research. Great healthcare, though you have to pay union dues for it.

    Cons

    CUMC is a large, old, for-profit entity. It moves slowly, doesn't particularly care about employee happiness, and isn't up-to-date. The New York State Psychiatric Institute down the road has better research facilities.

    Advice to Management

    I loved my boss! But an HR snafu made my last day about 5 months before anticipated with no warning.


  5. "Technician B"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University Medical Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Employee benefit for graduate school tuition
    -Exposure to hospital setting

    Cons

    -I honestly gave it a 2 star rating because my experience could be dependent on the department you are hired into. The management is absolutely atrocious, displaying the most unprofessional setting I have ever seen.
    -The director complains about the office employees taking too many sick days while she doesn't show up for work 3 out of the 5 days in the week. Always quick to shift blame on the employees when upper management has no idea what's going on in the lab.
    -No initiative, no growth, no office social events

    Advice to Management

    -If you are going to complain about high employee turn around (people usually leave after 1 year), look at why that is happening and don't punish everyone else in the office that stayed.
    -If you want people to love their work, show some professionalism and lead by example.


  6. "Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    learned a lot, coworkers were very nice, was able to be an author of publications, good benefits.

    Cons

    Low salary, not much room for growth without another degree.


  7. "CUMC Junior Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    - Incredible diversity of talent
    - Opportunities for teaching and research

    Cons

    - Not diverse, many senior leadership are stuck to old methods of education and promotion and not interested in feedback from junior faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who work for you.

  8. "Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia University Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, professional attitude among coworkers and supervisors alike.

    Cons

    Yearly health assessments for employees who work in affiliated clinics not located at CUMC's main campus have a tendency to be disorganized, with inconsistent policies and guidance regarding such policies.


  9. "CUMC Student Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University Medical Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The Columbia name is useful when searching for apartments in the area or future jobs.
    - Challenging environment so there is plenty of room for growth as a student.

    Cons

    - Administrative bureaucracy is often problematic in terms of getting paid, being insured, or getting lab materials ordered. (This extends to their on-campus housing.)
    - University administration does not necessarily listen to student needs.
    - Although there are many great scientists at the medical center, it is small and one must reach out to other universities for further expertise.
    - Graduate classes need to be improved. They are not that helpful for learning the scientific method, especially when there is a new lecturer every week with a different teaching/presentation style that needs adjusting to.
    - Most things are a struggle (re: challenging environment).

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional, responsible, and knowledgeable. There is no reason paperwork should get delayed for minimum a month so people do not get paid or reimbursed.


  10. "Research Scinetist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Good environment for scientific research and exposure to lots of great scientists.

    Cons

    Not enough resources for advancement development.


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