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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated December 13, 2016
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  1. "research associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    not many comments that I could think of.

    Cons

    expensive living cost in that area.


  2. "Columbia University Medical Campus"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The health insurance is definitely great, and the medical campus offers several good options. There is a lot flexibility for taking days off.

    Cons

    No perspectives of growing in a specific path.


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    "Troubling and challenging experience"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Leadership and Civic Engagement in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Leadership and Civic Engagement in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some very bright and caring students. Mid and entry level staff are generally good and support one another within your own office.

    Cons

    Terribly competitive and toxic among students and upper level administrator. My passion is education, and Columbia was an example of when egos and self-interest trump progress and the purpose of learning. Ended up with mental health issues and advise of therapist, doctor, and partner was to leave as soon as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Serious look at upper level administration and clean house. From the president down to the deans, a major reorg is necessary. Whoever the CFO should be immediately replaced with someone who can see a bigger picture and reduce bureaucracy.


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  5. "Not My #1 Choice"

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great employee benefits (e.g., paid time off)

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic; politically charged environment; non-employee friendly

    Advice to Management

    For administrative positions, get some true professionals in there who possess actual hands-on experience in addition to requisite educational credentials


  6. "Grossly mismanaged administrative nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location is good (Manhattan)
    Pretty campus to explore
    Prestige of being associated with an Ivy

    Cons

    Grossly mismanaged from top to bottom
    Administrative nightmare for students, staff, and faculty to navigate
    Expensive housing nearby in WaHi and Morningside Heights

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent administrators and staff who do their jobs cheerfully in an effort to be helpful. The current workplace culture is to do the bare minimum allowable, and sometimes not even that.


  7. "Various Student/Part-Time Level Positions at Columbia"

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    Current Employee - Various Student Level Positions Throughout University in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Various Student Level Positions Throughout University in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are a student here and/or need low-stress jobs, not a bad place to find such positions. May not be the most rewarding or geared towards deep, long-term professional development, but can make do and be framed to appear to do so if necessary/desired.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized, have serious widespread issues with paying its employees (especially students) on time/properly/proper or full paycheck amounts

    Advice to Management

    Pay your lower-level employees (including students) better and allow ALL of them to unionize to protect their workers' rights/needs/promote a better work environment for the University in both the short and long term


  8. "So so"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Located in culturally vibrant, multi-ethnical New York City

    Cons

    Little to no interest in personal growth and career development of employees


  9. "GRA"

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    Current Employee - GRA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - GRA in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office has window - new dean is forward thinking

    Cons

    much of the financial administration is stagnant and obtrusive

    Advice to Management

    work with the students - not against them


  10. "Just the name"

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    The name is the only Pros that I can think about.

    Cons

    Everything is expensive.
    The Housing is just for few.
    Few connections with rest of the city.
    Postdoctoral Fellows do not have benefits (benefits are for postdoctoral scientists): Please note that postdoctoral fellows are supported by their own fellowship!

    Very lazy administrators...


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director (Mailman School)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate students, renowned faculty, top-notch education throughout most of the school.

    Cons

    "the old guard" continues to run CU. highly decentralized within departments, across individual schools, and throughout the university. archaic culture/systems. rhetoric of "innovation" and change with poor execution. evolving door of strong talent that's either underutilized or mismanaged. HR is useless.

    Advice to Management

    professional development (particularly in leadership and management) should be required of managerial/supervisory staff. strengthen talent acquisition & culture.



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