Columbia University Reviews

Updated May 10, 2021

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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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868 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits and security in a difficult pandemic time(in 128 reviews)

  • "good work environment is ensured(in 121 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Admin stance on unionization is quite appalling; cost of living is high(in 39 reviews)

  • "new york might be too expensive to live in(in 39 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Place

      May 10, 2021 - Finance Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      work life balance, benefits, vacation days

      Cons

      pay, location, advancement opportunities, office politics

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Best place to work

      May 10, 2021 - Supervisor 
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      Pros

      Excellent director and supervisor and staff.

      Cons

      Everything in this program was excellent.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Benefits, very stable

      May 5, 2021 - Assistant Production Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Columbia gives great benefits to all its employees and I have always felt very secure in my position.

      Cons

      Bureaucracy is slow and often times labyrinthine

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A god learning experience

      May 3, 2021 - Program Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Experience, a professional environment with a focus on work and a diverse culture

      Cons

      The remote working experience wasn't the best but mostly because of the pandemic

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Enjoyed my time greatly at Columbia

      May 4, 2021 - Graduate Research Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      World class institution with top tier research

      Cons

      Facilities are old and worn.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice work environment, understanding bosses.

      Apr 26, 2021 - IT Support Student Worker in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The co-workers were great and the boss was understanding and patient.

      Cons

      Sometimes the people that call are clueless and sometimes they just want to talk to you for a long time, so expect some very long pointless conversations sometimes.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Relaxed environment stimulating work, poor benefits

      Apr 28, 2021 - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY
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      Pros

      You get to share a big part of your life with some of the smartest people on the planet

      Cons

      The company only matches 2-3% of retirement contribution which is meager compared to other universities

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great campus environment, work structures need significant improvement.

      Apr 11, 2021 - Administrator 
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      Pros

      Great work-life balance. Great campus. Good commuting options. Nice neighborhood. Generally kind coworkers! Access to world-class ideas, events, and people. Great organization if you can maintain low expectations for your job or are satisfied with security.

      Cons

      It's a large, hierarchical organization so... it's slow to move. Because the university is so big and powerful, people in low positions are too afraid or unable to enact organizational change. There are little incentives to go beyond what is expected so projects and people often just flop around until the project is done. Most staff may intend to be productive and helpful but can typically only work within a limited capacity. Also, it can be corporate-like in that others are willing to masquerade their individual passions and the organizational culture. Value structures aren't terrible but they are inconsistent or inconsistently applied. Food is a no go!

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Wages for Students

      Apr 14, 2021 - Deans Office Administration in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Working in the Dean's Office is great, the people are super friendly, and the hourly wages are great considering you won't have much time in grad school to work long hours.

      Cons

      The school is so expensive, one can't help with that we got paid a little less and had a little less money to throw at events and all the free swag they buy if it meant the tuition wasn't so high.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      adjunct teaching at Columbia is better than elsewhere

      Apr 13, 2021 - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Overall great treatment and great students generally.

      Cons

      it's adjunct teaching with only mysterious sense of job (in)security. Also there's an arcane bizarre rule that limits the number of credits (hours) an adjunct can teach. It's laughable that this is proposed as a way to protect adjuncts from beying exploited when in fact it's a barrier to adjuncts being able to survive while teaching here.

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