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Columbia University Reviews

Updated March 17, 2019
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  • "Great work-life balance, amazing benefits, word-class health insurance, lots of vacation, interesting work" (in 99 reviews)

  • "Provides a good work environment and friendly views of New York City" (in 60 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place and culture"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being in the city; doing research with top figures of your field. getting opportunities with the finance industry pretty easily.

    Cons

    Housing prices compared to the payment; not adequate dental health insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe offering more benefits to graduate research assisstants.


  2. "Great environment to work in with lots of multi-tasking."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people (colleagues and clients) to work with.

    Cons

    The commute was very long especially when traveling the NYC subway system.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your subordinates better.

  3. "Nothing"

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Good Learning Environment , good Professor and nice campus

    Cons

    Stressed especially for master student.


  4. "Collaborative environment"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, entrepreneurial at times, great people to work with

    Cons

    Beaurocratic, traditional, siloed structure, lack of career paths


  5. "Great Place to Work At"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work as per one's schedule.

    Cons

    Requires additional attention to students' progress.


  6. "Great Place Job"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and good mentorship.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity to grow.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Researcher in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and compensation

    Cons

    Have to work overtime depending on the workload

  8. "Poorly Managed - Limited Resources"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent brand to have on CV. Opportunity to attend talks, such as the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry for 2018.

    Cons

    You would never guess how much money Columbia has by the way it fails to support its research departments. Very limited resources; equipment is constantly breaking and shared across groups. Space is insanely mismanaged. HR failed to properly outline the overhead on my grant and I was let go without much notice.

    Advice to Management

    That nobel prize winner wasn't in your med school despite how many times you implied such at his talk. Spend more in your research department. Support your grad students. Get your HR group organized. Still waiting on last year's W2..


  9. "Great experience and great organization."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great salaries and great benefits.

    Cons

    No growth within the University.

    Advice to Management

    Value your good employees.


  10. "The studying environment here is great."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student
    Current Employee - Graduate Student

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

    Pros

    You can always find your answer at Columbia.

    Cons

    The tuition is a little bit expensive.