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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. "research associate"

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

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

    Pros

    not many comments that I could think of.

    Cons

    expensive living cost in that area.


  2. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment and I looked forward to work every day

    Cons

    Compared to most jobs? None.

    Advice to Management

    You could be a little less fastidious. Just kidding, you're all perfect, don't change ;)


  3. "Dont bother"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good name, lot of ability to learn from excellent people. The location is good for those uptown, in NJ or westchester.

    Cons

    HR is a joke, the benefits are the worst I have ever seen. The 403 doesnt allow for employer contributions for two years. HR has no information, no training is available, they tell you nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people from actual "for profit" business, your beg for research dollars model is failing.


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  5. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The academic environment is so nice here. I have a very wonderful experience doing my research. The professors here are also very nice. I learnt a lot from them.

    Cons

    The building is a little old. The lab is also old so I can smell some unhealthy gas during my school.


  6. "great part-time job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Contractor - Part-Time Lecturer in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Part-Time Lecturer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent pay for a part-time lecturer in the SPS

    Cons

    a bit disorganized, lecturers are left to fend for themselves in terms of preparation, lectures, etc


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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    "Analyst Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Columbia is an incredible place to work -- very supportive, great benefits, very smart employees.

    Cons

    Columbia is a large institution and at times you definitely feel it. Overall, I find the size of the university to be a positive.


  9. "Good place to do research and fun"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good place to do research
    nice community

    Cons

    noisy neighborhoods, living environment bad


  10. "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart and kind colleagues, interesting, challenging and varied work, great benefits. Overall a terrific academic community of learners and teachers.

    Cons

    Monetary compensation is low for the level of work performed, i.e. there's a 24/7 mentality without the compensation. Vacations are not truly vacations since its a trim operation administratively, and there is no one to cover for you.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have much advice to management. Academia is a place where employees can afford to work long, hard hours without receiving the financial compensation of the corporate world. That is a terrific deal for management, as well as for the employees who do not need higher compensation. Management shouldn't change a thing.


  11. "UI/UX Research Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UI/User Experience Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - UI/User Experience Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very friendly team
    - Self-directed, learn as much as you can

    Cons

    - None besides the fact that the office is on 131st.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!



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