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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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  • 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)

    "A great place to work if you want to help others who help others."

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    Current Employee - Benefits Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Benefits Specialist in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Columbia University is a diverse environment that stimulates learning, teamwork, and a sense of accomplishment. As a support function, you're working behind the scenes to insure the professors and doctrs can concentrate on educating and changing the world. The benefits package is very extensive and Columbia subsidizes most of the cost. The greatest benefit is the ability to gain an Ivy League education at little to no cost to yourself.

    Cons

    There are times when Management is caught up in politics. Egos can be easily bruised, and it is wise to mind who you cross as that person will find a way to get back at you. People stay in their positions for years and feel a sense of entitlement. They withhold information because they think it will make them obsolete. It can be a long commute depending on where you live.

    Advice to Management

    Train and nurture the people you have because it's hard to find employees as dedicated as these people are. Be honest with people. Don't be vindictive.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Columbia is a great place to be a graduate student."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
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    Pros

    There is a great collection of knowledge, and people are genuinely excited to share it with you.

    Cons

    People work a lot, and the cost of living in NYC is pretty rough, although graduate student housing helps a bit with that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on truckin'.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Go to the best ranking school you can get in to but make sure your adviser is someone you like and can work with"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candiade in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candiade in New York, NY
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    Pros

    As a PhD candidate I chose Columbia for the name as well as my adviser

    Cons

    you trade 6 years making very little money for a few pieces of paper and a lot of knowledge with the hope that the investment will pay off in the long run

    Advice to Management

    Your graduate experience will be strongly determined by your personal relationship with your adviser, make sure its a good one.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "CU is an excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Work life balance, tuition exemption, freedom.

    Cons

    Things move slowly, sometimes they are behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people more.


  5. "Not so bad"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Easy access to New York City

    Cons

    Expensive rent, very bureaucratic university system

    Advice to Management

    Be less bureaucratic


  6. "Columbia University Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Very motivating work environment. Made for a learning environment which served as a stepping stone for landing a future job.

    Cons

    Some of the professors are very disconcerting at times and will give you absolutely no time of day. Others will give the world for you so it's basically who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  7. "a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Pros

    wonderful people, exciting environment, located in one of the greatest cities in the world. not a bad place to be while working in nyc.

    Cons

    there aren't many downsides - it's tough to come up with one at the moment, lets see - it's a little far uptown?

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice or feedback for the leadership at columbia university so far - I believe Bollinger is doing a great job.

  8. "Excellent enviornment, great people, fantastic oppertunities"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Columbia Medical Center has great resources and is the pinnacle of a learning/teaching hospital. Everyone I have met has been welcoming and willing to teach me and those around me.

    Cons

    There are some bureaucratic set backs when managment and separate departments work together


  9. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fellow in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Brilliant people, work with some of the best in the world. Very supportive staff. Patients truly are happy to be here. tution benefits a plus

    Cons

    Compensation is on the lower end, even for new york city. Brush up on your spanish before starting. know that there are some entrenched interests that are difficult to change


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Makes my dreams possible"

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    Current Employee - Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Professor in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Fantastic Brand. Unbelievable access to movers and shakers. Incredible depth of research talent. Strong and respected leadership. Solid financials. Beautiful campus. Helpful librarians and electronic resources. Very generous benefits. Highly flexible in terms of how I spend my time. Super smart students. Heart of New York City.

    Cons

    It's a university with a 250+ year old bureaucracy, with all that that implies. Space is at a premium. Students can be a tad "type A". You need to be a self-manager as there are not a lot of structured support processes - it is very easy to get lost in the system. The tenure and promotion process is byzantine and we lose a lot of great people as a consequence. It's also very siloed.

    Advice to Management

    You really could use talented process engineering people to fix some of the underlying systems.
    It would be worth considering changing the tenure system to make it less arbitrary.


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