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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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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. "Great benefits."

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist 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 and life balance, and benefits.

    Cons

    IT support and salary freezes in department for officers of research.

    Advice to Management

    Add benefits or increase salary to retain talented researchers.


  2. "Clinical Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for recent grads looking for research experience, flexible hours, low-intensity workflow, academic environment = collegiate, supportive, diverse

    Cons

    Growth potential limited by funding/lab size, academic experience and mentorship highly variable between research areas and labs

    Advice to Management

    Standardize career training or mentorship opportunities, specify benchmarks for academic excellence (i.e. 1 manuscript submitted/year)

  3. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really depends in what Lab you end up. I was lucky - lots of moneys and freedom

    Cons

    If you survive in a little caos you'll be fine


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PhD Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Columbia pays students well compared to most other universities. Much of the grad student experience is dependent on department and advisor, and in my case both of these have promoted an excellent work-life balance and work environment.

    Cons

    Columbia doesn't pay as well as nearby institutions where students face similar cost of living. Further it has actively fought to prevent students from unionizing.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to influence their working conditions (not through GSAC, which serves an independent purpose).


  5. "Great benefits but bureaucracy makes staying difficult"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Staff Assistant in Palisades, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Research Staff Assistant in Palisades, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International travel, a good quantity of paid vacation, flexible work schedule, great work-life balance,

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, limited upward mobility, very job insecure


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct Lecturer, School of International and Public Affairs"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great laboratory for thinking and learning, with good opportunities to cross into other domains, schools and programs. Great reputation and attracts interesting and successful people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Can function in bureaucratic and inefficient ways along the lines of the stereotypical academy. Resources, systems and information provided for adjuncts are at time well below reasonable professional expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Employ some forward-thinking innovators to improve the coordination of adjuncts and others within the university. As practitioners, they can add a lot more value and have a better experience without significant added cost or hassle.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great innovative environment
    Work life balance
    Access to lectures
    Beautiful location
    International community
    Great benefits
    High prestige
    foreign friendly and multicultural

    Cons

    Salary is barely enough to live in a city like New York.
    Environment can be highly competitive. P.I. sometimes can be really demanding when starting t grants hunt.
    Not too many opportunities to progress in the career

  8. "Good place for researcher"

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good resources for the research development and talented people to work with.

    Cons

    The position has limited training.


  9. "Research at Columbia"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's in a good location with convenient transportation.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can slow down things.


  10. "Postdoctoral Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    flexible working schedule, extensive resources from other labs and centers, including core facilities and common equipments

    Cons

    I don't have any cons yet since I just started here a month ago.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for the management since I'm new at this position.


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