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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  • Stipend is barely enough for living in new york city (in 30 reviews)

  • None other than the high cost of living in NYC (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoc at Columbia"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great dental, decent health insurance. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is quite helpful. The university usually offers subsidized housing.

    Cons

    There aren't many (non-academic) career events. Depending on the professor, work-life balance can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Try to build more of a culture among postdocs, have more networking events.


  2. "Fantastic benefits, opportunities for education"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of growth, engagement, development

    Cons

    Outdated technology inhibits some systems

    Advice to Management

    Centralize administrative functions and standardize operations for submitting expenses, and managing other administrative matters. Hire better PR teams, with more experience in using digital and social media for communications and development.

  3. "Data anlyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    high flexibility
    very interesting job
    great colleagues

    Cons

    not many career opportunities
    relatively low salary


  4. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent working environment and Benefits

    Cons

    Cost of living is high


  5. "Administrative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, not one pro for working at this company.

    Cons

    Poor management, departments work against each other and not as a team. Employees are not appreciated. Terrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to attend a "How to Successfully Manage a Team 101" and "How to Communicate with Employees" classes.


  6. "Employment creating stress and unhealthy environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, time off and not much more after that.

    Cons

    Plenty of stress, objectives and responsibilities never clear, plenty of red tape and lack of decisions from superiors and lock of cooperation from others. Systems and procedures changing often so the learning curve never ends. No support!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the winning formulas instead of constant changing of every aspect of work - just to show initiative!?
    Recognize achievements and make it clear when employees are failing. Be humane about your approach to employees. Political correctness is killing this establishment.


  7. "Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunties for future advancement; tuition benefits

    Cons

    Slow HR response; takes forever for paper work to get through

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an abundance of research going on.

    Cons

    so far, there are no cons.


  9. "Associate Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits. Great working environment.

    Cons

    hard to navigate the politics sometimes.


  10. "Not happy"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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