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Columbia University Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Pros
  • benefits, work life balance, opportunities (in 87 reviews)

  • great academic atmosphere also great location as in new york city (in 56 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 25 reviews)

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  1. "Was the worst ever"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    World class faculty and research

    Cons

    Everyone is power hungry and very competitive in the worst way possible

    Advice to Management

    look out for your own


  2. "Low compensation and bureaucratic work place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    The University has a good location

    Cons

    Low compensation and bureaucratic work place

  3. "Nurse Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nurse Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Nurse Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension contributions
    Tuition Reimbursement
    Good health and dental benefits
    Easily accessible by mass transit
    Men's homeless shelter nearby: Residents harass employees for money on a daily basis; fighting and aggressive behavior observed frequently.

    Cons

    Below market value salary
    Upper leadership is indifferent towards employees
    Hire consultants instead of utilizing existing staff
    Do not include staff in decision making
    Poor communication from Upper leadership to staff
    Stopped giving annual bonuses
    Decreased annual salary increase by 50%
    Difficult to change existing culture

    Advice to Management

    Pay fair market value to their employees; Take into account years of experience in profession/field.
    Include employees feedback when considering implementating major institutional changes.


  4. "It's not what it seems"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seemed like a dream job at first
    Good hours and benefits

    Cons

    Very bad compensation
    Bad management
    Overtaxing and overburdened role ; constant change x4+ years
    Poor employee rentention

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee feedback
    Consider being flexible


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Officer II"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Workload like any other company

    Cons

    Di centralized system with too many policies of their own

    Advice to Management

    Can terminate your career at any time for their own unique reasons. no a stable company to grow


  6. "Administrative"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, not one pro for working at this company.

    Cons

    Poor management, departments work against each other and not as a team. Employees are not appreciated. Terrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to attend a "How to Successfully Manage a Team 101" and "How to Communicate with Employees" classes.


  7. "Employment creating stress and unhealthy environment"

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    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, time off and not much more after that.

    Cons

    Plenty of stress, objectives and responsibilities never clear, plenty of red tape and lack of decisions from superiors and lock of cooperation from others. Systems and procedures changing often so the learning curve never ends. No support!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the winning formulas instead of constant changing of every aspect of work - just to show initiative!?
    Recognize achievements and make it clear when employees are failing. Be humane about your approach to employees. Political correctness is killing this establishment.

  8. "Animal technician"

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    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    under pay..... bad supervisors no room for growth ...

    Cons

    The Bosses do not like to know an employee has big drems

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and drop outing employee against each other


  9. "Slow and confused"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Good location, some colleagues are really helpful. There is a lot of history in the institution and is quite fascinating. There are some departments that are truly exceptional and have some pleasant people.

    Cons

    Where can I start. Was hired to revamp the current processes. But they were resistant to change from the minute I stepped in. Was given very vague directions by my supervisor and I basically understood that you just "manage " the politics and keep doing the same old. When it was time to hire some people it took months and the new hire paperwork was not signed at all. My supervisor was very confused and no one knew what we exactly did outside of our department . There were several warning signs in the interview from my supervisor which in hindsight should have made me to continue looking.

    Anyway learnt my lesson the hard way and found another job for a slightly lower pay and it was a great decision.

    Advice to Management

    Please note that too many people with director titles makes no sense if they do the same work as an analyst.

    Some of the facilities are very old and had non existent heating which left us just shivering in the winter months.


  10. ""Full Time Student Here""

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Locates at NYC, academic resources

    Cons

    Really poor career service, and the whole university is like spliting up by schools not functioning as a whole university. It's a pity I am not from CC, but I don't know why a university can have most resources limited to certain schools. I mean, almost all resources linked with career.


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