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Updated September 22, 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. "Columbia University Receptionist"

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and great management.

    Cons

    A lot of downtime and non-stimulating work.


  2. "Good school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intellectual. Hard working. Global. Respectful.

    Cons

    I found no downsides, really.

  3. "Flexible work for students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, flexible hours for students

    Cons

    Pay was very low (this was before they increased the minimum wage across the school)

    Advice to Management

    -


  4. "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.


  5. "Efficient Office Operation During the Year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Good manager, light work load

    Cons

    Need to develop more computer skills


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Great Work-School balance for undergraduates

    Cons

    Limited potential for pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation and excellent location

    Cons

    living expense can be expensive

  8. "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)


  9. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    good people, very supportive, really good training sessions

    Cons

    it's a good student job, no cons


  10. "Former Grad Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Support and access to beneficial resources in my field of study.

    Cons

    Expensive, however, pros outweigh the cons.


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