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Updated September 18, 2018
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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  • "Living expenses are very high in New York city" (in 36 reviews)

  • "Low salaries vis a vis cost of living" (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Great Opportunity if you are eyeing at a potential PhD application"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can get your hands on the real research instead of the undergraduate thesis. You do get much familiar with programming. Get to know the faculty well

    Cons

    Salary is low given the location.
    Some project is just boring.


  2. "Administrative Aide"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Aide in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Aide in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, co-workers were great. Supervisor was awesome.

    Cons

    Administration sucked. Administration did not know what they were doing. Always hiring higher ups who don’t know how to their jobs or dump their work on others.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better administration who know what they are doing and is fair and not a bully.

  3. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    tuition benefit for self and children, NOT spouse

    Cons

    limitations on nursing program tuition benefit, but good for all other non-doctoral programs

    Advice to Management

    allow tuition benefit for doctoral programs


  4. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good location as well as famous faculties

    Cons

    too many students to compete with


  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    -Interesting Research
    -Surrounded by intelligent people

    Cons

    -Research can be slow moving
    -Hard to get team organized and focused on one idea


  6. "Procurement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    its all how you come in to the university. If you come in as an officer of the university you can have a good career.

    Cons

    If you come in as Union especially 1199. They are the most underpaid. Not respected at C.U. at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doin what you do. Most management especially in Finance are White. Very Blacks in top management.


  7. "Director, Medical Center"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Challenging Work,

    Cons

    No HR practices to speak of, so it is hard to get a good raise. Getting ahead is based on who likes you and who doesn't. No job descriptions, so they can add to your job any time, and every year benefits are taken away

    Advice to Management

    Any other similar employers in the area offer more money for a specific job, and advancing based on merit, not who likes you.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Low salary"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestigious school, many excellent professors for good collaborations

    Cons

    Low salary given the cost of living in NYC, most of the staff is unfriendly, incompetent and lazy


  9. "Alumni Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    great benefits great pay

    Cons

    not uch room for advancement, it depends on department


  10. "Flexible but low pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexibility. Multiple opportunities to be creative.

    Cons

    Low employee moral, few female high ranking administrators.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more women as senior administrators.


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