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

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Intellectually invigorating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    A lot of very interesting, ambitious people around.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people with quite large egos.


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Nice environment. Good place for developing creativity.

    Cons

    Some buildings are old. Maintenance is sometimes an issue.

  3. "library staff/assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very good pay, but most coworkers were students.

    Cons

    none. they were very nice

    Advice to Management

    None.


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    "Working at Columbia"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Medical benefits, tuition exemption, great training workshops and classes

    Cons

    Not centralized, salaries are not comparable tothe NY market


  5. "Good place for research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Good accommodation benefits
    Good health insurance
    High-standard research

    Cons

    High workload
    Crowd working environment
    Working during weekends


  6. "Not bad"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great pay and vacation time.

    Cons

    Good old boy system, it's based on who you know.


  7. "PhD candidate"

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great diversity, a quite collaborative culture, good student care

    Cons

    Not enough financial subsidy (especially housing) compared to other schools in the city (Weill Cornell, Rockefeller)

  8. "Course Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Course Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Course Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
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    I worked at Columbia University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent work load.
    Flexibility with Professors

    Cons

    Less than competitive salary
    No student union


  9. "Vibrant scientific environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Among the best science in the world, great benefits

    Cons

    Slow and sometimes unresponsive administration


  10. "Good Student Employment as an IT Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    My boss was very understanding of my need to do my school work. The pay was good, as were the hours

    Cons

    Often asked to come in on weekends/strange hours, no overtime pay


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