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Columbia University New York State Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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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. "Graduate Researcher"

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    Former Freelancer - Graduate Student Researcher in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Graduate Student Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Columbia University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quality education.
    Exemplary faculty.
    Helpful management and administration.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Great benefits."

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

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

    Pros

    Great work and life balance, and benefits.

    Cons

    IT support and salary freezes in department for officers of research.

    Advice to Management

    Add benefits or increase salary to retain talented researchers.

  3. "Clinical Research Associate"

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

    Great for recent grads looking for research experience, flexible hours, low-intensity workflow, academic environment = collegiate, supportive, diverse

    Cons

    Growth potential limited by funding/lab size, academic experience and mentorship highly variable between research areas and labs

    Advice to Management

    Standardize career training or mentorship opportunities, specify benchmarks for academic excellence (i.e. 1 manuscript submitted/year)


  4. "Good place to work"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time(23 days plus 3 personal days and 5 sick days) , salary, health insurance, flex time, brand name, nice campus,

    Cons

    Distance from the rest of the city, 1 train is always slow, expensive to live close to the campus, no commections between the schools

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Pre-doctoral researcher"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of resources for making the most of work-life at Columbia.

    Cons

    Students are not always notified when opportunities are available.


  6. "Residential Mechanical Supervisor"

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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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits they promise.
    The schedule is good
    The support staff is dedicated

    Cons

    The benefits you never get to use.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within.


  7. "Research Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Really depends in what Lab you end up. I was lucky - lots of moneys and freedom

    Cons

    If you survive in a little caos you'll be fine

  8. "Experience is heavily dependent on supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working at a prestigious institution
    - Learning and acquiring knowledge about research
    - Location is nice

    Cons

    - Administration very difficult to navigate - particularly HR in the place where I worked
    - Pay is very low
    - In my case, workload was tremendous and disproportionate to the amount of pay and hours I was receiving. Often times I would be asked to do things after hours even though I was told that it would be a 9-5 position (there is no compensation for work done outside of these hours).
    - Little to no support from supervisor - this is dependent on where you will be working.
    - Watch out for red flags from supervisors who say that they don't do timesheets. It might seem convenient to not have to do them until you find that you're being asked to stay late when your regular shift is 9-5. This should be reported to HR.

    Advice to Management

    - Treat your research assistants with a little more respect
    - Just because you're in a supervisory position doesn't mean you shouldn't have to deal with administrative things like timesheets and other paperwork
    - Create an environment in the workplace where individuals feel safe asking for help instead of reprimanding employees for doing this. It's part of the learning process.
    - Respect the NY labor laws - you shouldn't have employees doing unpaid work late at night, and they shouldn't be made to think that it's normal.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "PhD Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Columbia pays students well compared to most other universities. Much of the grad student experience is dependent on department and advisor, and in my case both of these have promoted an excellent work-life balance and work environment.

    Cons

    Columbia doesn't pay as well as nearby institutions where students face similar cost of living. Further it has actively fought to prevent students from unionizing.

    Advice to Management

    Allow students to influence their working conditions (not through GSAC, which serves an independent purpose).


  10. "Network Technician at CUIT"

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    Former Employee - Network Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Technician in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large campus with 450+ buildings to manage
    Diverse network and interesting field work

    Cons

    HR Training and personal development program is poor and in 3 years I did not get the training I asked for in my original interview

    Very political environment and nothing gets done the right and proper way

    Coworkers are difficult to work with and managers have stated to not be ambitious and just follow orders.

    Terrible place to build your career or work if you have ambitions and aspirations.


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