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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Pros
  • Great people and work life balance (in 88 reviews)

  • great academic atmosphere also great location as in new york city (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary for living in such an expensive place as New York City (in 34 reviews)

  • Columbia doesn't pay as well as nearby institutions where students face similar cost of living (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Great place!"

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

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

    Pros

    Top-notch research environment. Smart colleagues. Location. Proximity to excellent peer institutions.

    Cons

    Mentoring sometimes lacking. Noisy housing.


  2. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good stipend, great work condition, lots of free food around, cooperative staffs, secure environment!

    Cons

    High expectation of your supervisor, you got to keep running to shine, teaching assistants might not heed you if you are not smart in academics

  3. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was fun. i liked it

    Cons

    It was hard. It was stressful

    Advice to Management

    I would recomend you to work at this university


  4. "Data manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Data Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating; they are appreciative of age and wisdom; flexible work schedules; family friendly

    Cons

    Salaries in the teaching and research tracks are low compared to private industry; many positions depend on grant funding. Politics plays a big role in the university.


  5. "operations research major review"

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

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

    Pros

    operations reaserach ‘s course structure is great. Could benefit people who wants to take data or quant track. Classes from biz school can also be taken, but not all available. Work load is not light.

    Cons

    some core courses are not that applicable. Since there are6 concentrations in this program, sometimes you mght be confused which one to follow.

    Advice to Management

    career service is good, but still, you should depend on yourself


  6. "bibliographic assistant"

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    Current Employee - Bibliographic Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Bibliographic Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    most prestigious academic environment, excellent benefits, union

    Cons

    low salary, not too much room to switch to a higher position


  7. "Nice place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, smart people, have access to a lot of resources from the University

    Cons

    Low Wages, it can be slow

  8. "A superb community absolutely rockin' it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is an open, collaborative environment where everyone is friendly. And most importantly, everyone loves their job.

    Cons

    None really. What am I going to say? Someone keeps eating all of the popcorn.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled access to academic resources. The environment is exciting and fast paced. The upper west side of NYC is a great location to work.

    Cons

    Office space is tight and the 18-19th century buildings are not really conducive to collaboration. One can feel isolated at one of the largest research institutions in the world.

    Advice to Management

    The departments would benefit from opening themselves physically and also in their activities. More transparency and small efforts to enjoy the community would go a long way.


  10. "Associate Adjunct Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Associate Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Associate Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work remotely and on your own schedule

    Cons

    Amount of Hours not specified


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