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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Pros
  • I was able to maintain work life balance, and my daily commute is easy (in 85 reviews)

  • great academic atmosphere also great location as in new york city (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • Stipend is barely enough for living in new york city (in 33 reviews)

  • Research jobs are underpaid for cost of living in New York (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Network Technician at CUIT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Technician in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large campus with 450+ buildings to manage
    Diverse network and interesting field work

    Cons

    HR Training and personal development program is poor and in 3 years I did not get the training I asked for in my original interview

    Very political environment and nothing gets done the right and proper way

    Coworkers are difficult to work with and managers have stated to not be ambitious and just follow orders.

    Terrible place to build your career or work if you have ambitions and aspirations.


  2. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Columbia University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great people

    Cons

    work life balance is poor

    Advice to Management

    i don't have any advice

  3. "Don't Do It"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    No work life balance, poor management, no advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to actually be a leader and listen to your employees


  4. "Not happy"

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    Current Employee - Practice Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Practice Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are really good. Also if your are lucky the people you work with are very helpful and nice!

    Cons

    They pile on the work as you go. They are not very professional and there is not real growth, not

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better


  5. "Poor Benefits (Postdoc)"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively flexible schedule, and I was allowed to work from home every onces in awhile.

    Cons

    awful pay. awful benefits. couldn't take advantage of flexible scheduling

    Advice to Management

    pay postdocs better


  6. "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.


  7. "Columbia University Medical Campus"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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