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Updated May 22, 2018
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  • Living expenses are very high in New York city (in 35 reviews)

  • Columbia doesn't pay as well as nearby institutions where students face similar cost of living (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Course Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Professors were nice and resourceful. Great working environment with friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    The work schedule changed from weeks to weeks.


  2. "Great Working Environment"

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

    Pros

    Great salary & colleagues

    Cons

    Hours can be long & they set standards high to the point of exhausting employees

    Advice to Management

    Provide better work/outside life balance

  3. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, opportunities, qualified collegues

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  4. "Columbia University Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Columbia University is not only a central institution for Ivy League education, but located in NYC, also provides a diverse cultural community for both learning and working. Employment at Columbia allows for an experience that includes people, departments and schools which enhance skills on a variety of levels, and exposure to programs and courses to further one's career

    Cons

    As with many prominent institutions, Columbia University maintains a bureaucratic legacy.


  5. "Laboratory Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Provides a good work environment and friendly views of New York City

    Cons

    Menial work oftentimes repetitive in nature


  6. "post doctoral scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    It is a good research environment

    Cons

    The consideration for postdoctoral researchers in not as high as it should


  7. "Great in academics, sub par in bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist

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

    Pros

    Wonderful place to do research. Friendly colleagues, frequency seminars, highly collaborative environment (especially between the SEAS and CUMC).

    Cons

    The operation of the university is bad if not worse. Have been in the university for more than 5 years (PhD + postdoc). The facility department is always under-staffed, trash bins are not emptied every day. The hazardous materials are not collected according to the schedule. The financial system takes forever to approve a purchase.

  8. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    NYC, rigorous, competitive, smart student body, strong IRB, great reputation, access to university resources

    Cons

    Some departments are too competitive, unsupportive, and exploit junior researchers. People act as if everyone should be lucky to be there


  9. "Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Ivy league name carries benefits in terms of CV

    Cons

    Benefits for part time staff are only for administrative staff, not for researchers.


  10. "event manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Everyday was a different expereince

    Cons

    A bureaucracy with little accountability.


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