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Columbia University New York City Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • benefits, work life balance, opportunities (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 24 reviews)

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  1. "Administrative assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, respectable pay raise scale, lots of room for internal promotion

    Cons

    Hit or miss with management from department to department


  2. "Teaching Assitant"

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

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

    Pros

    I was able to expand my social network with lots of professional in my field, pursuing career

    Cons

    It was not easy to handle the time management, which was a bit tight. It could make me not to properly focus on the project that I participated in at the semester

    Advice to Management

    Consider seriously the relationship between faculties and students, coordinating them in terms of schedule and projects.

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator 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

    Academic atmosphere that places high value on continuing education, great benefits, decent work-life balance

    Cons

    Hiring decisions and internal workings move slowly, can be frustrating


  4. "Research scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Located in the city of New York, access to a lot of interesting things in the city

    Cons

    living cost is very high, requires long distance commute


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral research scientist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -New York
    -Top place
    -Easy to find collaborations

    The postdoc experience mainly comes down to: did you correctly choose your PI. If you did not, it might be a living nightmare. If you did, like me, you spend a very great 4 years working on your ideas with a lot of support.

    Cons

    I read a comment about salary. Well, it is a postdoc, there is no such thing as "market" value. Postdocs salaries sucks everywhere but still higher here than many other places. But New York is more expensive than other places.


  6. "Don't Do It"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    No work life balance, poor management, no advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to actually be a leader and listen to your employees


  7. "Postdoctoral Research Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great professional experience with the possibility to collaborate with top level professionals.

    Cons

    Below average salaries and benefits.

  8. "A good place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    Great school. Excellent smart, hardworking students and professors.Beautiful campus. Ample time for research. .. .. . . . .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ..

    Cons

    None that I can think of. . . . . .. .. .. . . ..

    Advice to Management

    None really. I have only recently started working there. .... .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. . . .


  9. "Professor"

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    top university, students, faculty, location

    Cons

    middle management so-so, facilities so-so

    Advice to Management

    need more dynmaic middle managers


  10. "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.


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