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Updated January 18, 2018
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Pros
  • Great people and work life balance (in 88 reviews)

  • great academic atmosphere also great location as in new york city (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary for living in such an expensive place as New York City (in 34 reviews)

  • Columbia doesn't pay as well as nearby institutions where students face similar cost of living (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Good experience overall"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great resources including health center and dentist, access to amazing things around NYC

    Cons

    administration refuses to recognize the graduate student union

    Advice to Management

    Respect the democratic process of students and allow them to unionize


  2. "Office Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule; free dinners nightly

    Cons

    Working with difficult faculty members

  3. "Great place!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top-notch research environment. Smart colleagues. Location. Proximity to excellent peer institutions.

    Cons

    Mentoring sometimes lacking. Noisy housing.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    All the staff are very friendly and so are the managers and directors

    Cons

    Some tasks/issues may seem ongoing due to limitations of space and reconstruction


  5. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good stipend, great work condition, lots of free food around, cooperative staffs, secure environment!

    Cons

    High expectation of your supervisor, you got to keep running to shine, teaching assistants might not heed you if you are not smart in academics


  6. "Graduate Student in Columbia University"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Columbia University provides huge opportunities for research jobs.

    Cons

    Space of Columbia University is not large.


  7. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was fun. i liked it

    Cons

    It was hard. It was stressful

    Advice to Management

    I would recomend you to work at this university

  8. "Quality top-tier university with a few drawbacks"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Hours are very flexible due to the large amount of trust advisors put in their students. Policies are generally student-friendly, and essentials like stipends and rent are predictable and reliable.

    Cons

    Health insurance offered is meager. Cost of living is high relative to other universities, for which the higher stipend doesn't entirely compensate.


  9. "Biosafety Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    cutting edge research; dynamic responsibilities

    Cons

    too much micro management; institutional superiority complex


  10. "Heavily Department Dependent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Coordinator
    Current Employee - Data Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A good department, great job.

    Cons

    Bad department, not so good


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