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Columbia University Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • benefits, work life balance, opportunities (in 85 reviews)

  • great academic atmosphere also great location as in new york city (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • Stipend is barely enough for living in new york city (in 33 reviews)

  • Research jobs are underpaid for cost of living in New York (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoc at Columbia"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good environment, advanced science and facilities

    Cons

    Poor administration, slow management, long processing for PO


  2. "No review is valid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits to counter balance slight sub par pay

    Cons

    Every department at Columbia, for the most part, acts completely autonomous from every other department. I couldn't possibly review all of Columbia. Each business area is like a perpetrate business onto itself with it's own pros and cons.

    Theoretically there are lots of opportunities because you could just apply for a position at another department. The downside it's essentially the same as being an external candidate.

    Advice to Management

    get over yourselves

  3. "ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Strong academics with emphasis on research and patient care. Diverse fields of the sciences with top-notch professors.

    Cons

    Slave-driving, low-pay industry driven by demand for more academic jobs where one cannot achieve a good work-life balance unless they are at a high level.


  4. "GRA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Good location and strong students

    Cons

    Lack of lab space and relatively small departments.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great academic environment for researchers.

    Cons

    It's very hard to achieve work-family balance at Columbia University.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Talented Workforce"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Attracts a talented and knowledgable workforce

    Cons

    lots of red tape when it comes to payments

    Advice to Management

    make payments process simpler


  7. "Residential Mechanical Supervisor"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits they promise.
    The schedule is good
    The support staff is dedicated

    Cons

    The benefits you never get to use.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within.

  8. "Lecturer in discipline"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor

    Pros

    Students are very motivated and intelligent.

    Cons

    The status of language lecturer is not high in the university setting.


  9. "Experience is heavily dependent on supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working at a prestigious institution
    - Learning and acquiring knowledge about research
    - Location is nice

    Cons

    - Administration very difficult to navigate - particularly HR in the place where I worked
    - Pay is very low
    - In my case, workload was tremendous and disproportionate to the amount of pay and hours I was receiving. Often times I would be asked to do things after hours even though I was told that it would be a 9-5 position (there is no compensation for work done outside of these hours).
    - Little to no support from supervisor - this is dependent on where you will be working.
    - Watch out for red flags from supervisors who say that they don't do timesheets. It might seem convenient to not have to do them until you find that you're being asked to stay late when your regular shift is 9-5. This should be reported to HR.

    Advice to Management

    - Treat your research assistants with a little more respect
    - Just because you're in a supervisory position doesn't mean you shouldn't have to deal with administrative things like timesheets and other paperwork
    - Create an environment in the workplace where individuals feel safe asking for help instead of reprimanding employees for doing this. It's part of the learning process.
    - Respect the NY labor laws - you shouldn't have employees doing unpaid work late at night, and they shouldn't be made to think that it's normal.


  10. "Associate faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    A Nice entry level opportunity.

    Cons

    A high volume of paperwork.


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