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Updated July 25, 2017
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  • Stipend is barely enough for living in new york city (in 30 reviews)

  • None other than the high cost of living in NYC (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent, stable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, intellectual culture, progressive views, great benefits, beautiful campus, amazing location.

    Cons

    Growth potential - very political


  2. "Resident Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Excellent team and community environment

    Cons

    Can be isolating from the city at times

  3. "New to NYC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, prestige, city, and people.

    Cons

    Lack of space, advancement is questionable, yearly raises are low.


  4. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Time off: tuition benefit for dependents - good benefit package but that is being eaten away

    Cons

    salary is bottom of barrel, poor ability to retain staff: top down company


  5. "Post-doctoral research scientist"

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    Former Employee - Post-doctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Post-doctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For foreigners it's optimal, cause they take care of everything for you. My experience there was very positive, from the administration to my colleagues.

    Cons

    As a scientist, you could sometimes feel a bit alone. It's also hard to see some future in your career, but that's something more general about research careers.


  6. "Graduate student life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    you just can't find a better place than New York. Nice campus

    Cons

    For PhD students, it takes average 7 years to graduate.


  7. "Research at Columbia"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's in a good location with convenient transportation.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can slow down things.

  8. "Post Doc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Prestige, prestige, prestige, prestige, prestige

    Cons

    Pay, location, commute if not leaving near


  9. "For all-access!"

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    Former Employee - Grader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Grader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The compensation is really nice.

    Cons

    I don't think there is a cons.


  10. "Curriculum Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great people, courses, and resources

    Cons

    Need a Ph.d to thrive


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