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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  1. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible, nice campus, good customer service.

    Cons

    No room for growth, management, union


  2. "Outpatient care and research for lupus patients"

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, incredible patient relationships, advanced clinical training for chronic disease that effects all systems of the body. Research adds the opportunity to care for patients beyond what insurance would offer

    Cons

    Under appreciated as an NP in a physician heavy environment. Minimal room for growth within the department. Research component is heavy on bureaucracy and paperwork.


  3. "Great benefits, no mobility, lots of bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Communications Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Communications Officer in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, including tuition, and excellent work/life balance. A great place to work when you just want a 9 to 5.

    Cons

    Getting promoted is almost impossible. Lots of bureaucracy means getting anything done takes forever.


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  5. "Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks and stimulating environment

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic and lack of business acumen

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  6. "Practice Manager"

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    Former Employee - Practice Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Practice Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work place, smart people

    Cons

    Insurance too expensive, over worked

    Advice to Management

    Staff should increase with volume of practice and physicians.


  7. "Columbia University from the perspective of a STEM grad student"

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

    Pros

    Access to knowledgeable professors and potential collaborators. Looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    There's a lot of bureaucracy. The university seems more interested in prestige than taking care of the needs of its grad students.


  8. "Great mission, overmanagement interferes"

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    Former Employee - Child Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Child Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good community of really caring professionals that support each other.
    Very rewarding relationship with families.
    On going trainings.
    Staff wellness events.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the burocracy with wich everything works. It takes too long to approve anything . It takes two months to hire anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the instinct of your staff that is in close contact with the families and do not try to control it all. Over management, over control and standard procedures get in the way of efficiently serving families.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience mostly open to students on campus and fellows. Provided opportunity to learn about the energy field. Was an intellectually stimulating environment.

    Cons

    The opportunities are very specific and its helpful if you are already specializing in a particular area of energy research.

    Advice to Management

    Would be helpful to outline and systematize job duties. One manager at the time of my employment had difficulty delegating tasks, and once they did they would often micro-manage and be hyper critical.


  10. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Interesting, kind co-workers; the events were fun and educational
    Schedule was flexible

    Cons

    There was some miscommunication from superiors and attitude when you tried to rectify your mistakes


  11. "great resources but terrible bureaucracy and broken pay-scale"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    intelligent colleagues, access to fantastic resources and events in the university environment, flexible working environment, really great vacation, insurance, and sick leave benefits

    Cons

    Some of the worst bureaucracy I've ever seen, and my research focuses on government offices of developing countries. Colossal delays in processing payments. Extreme difficulty moving pay grades from the one used at your time of hire, meaning little room for upward growth and salary increases. Ineffective at disincentivizing poor management

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to move pay scales when they reach a logical point for promotion rather than "trapping" them at the lower grade indefinitely, ultimately driving them to seek opportunities elsewhere. HR knowledge and interaction could also be improved.


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