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Updated January 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Great people and work life balance (in 89 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. "Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "A good buffer job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, academic schedule. Stakes are low. Access to libraries and good benefits. The people are nice (made some really great connections) and the campus is great.

    Cons

    Not very stimulating. Again. stakes are low.

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. "Coordinator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Except for the leadership, colleagues, culture, environment and most of the students were great. If you like to learn and be challenged intellectually in a warmer environment than corporate, academia is for you. Great health and time off benefits (1 month). Pay is fairly low unless you're at the very top . Most people who work there actually care about helping students and will go the extra mile. Note to students: we do not get paid nearly what your tuition costs - we wish! Also, depending on where you work at the university, it can rival some corporate company employee hours but there is less pressure than corporate (I've worked for 3 NYC based global corporations). Working at Columbia was my favorite job but the biggest attractor and pro was that I got my master's degree almost entirely paid for. I didn't leave Columbia just because I completed my degree. I left because there was no more room for growth and I was no longer being challenged. I'm back in corporate now making significantly more money and working 60-80+ hours/week. I'm undecided about whether to return to higher education. If you have a family, the work/life balance and lower pressure cannot be beat but it's hard to rise when no one who actually has a leadership role and earns decent money leaves!

    Cons

    Too many women, not enough men. The politics is unreal. Leadership doesn't think about what's best for students/clients but rather what will keep them in power and lead to more money in their pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Do a thorough review and audit of the leadership everywhere. Really look at who they are, what they do, and what the center/department employees truly think of the leadership. Don't just look at what they fake appear to be doing and skewed data or outcomes. Sometimes data doesn't tell the whole truth. Honestly, most of the people in leadership positions need to go and they need to innovate and renovate. It starts with actually letting people who do nothing (e.g. some center deans that serve undergrad/grad school students) go and restructure for the benefit of the students and institution.


  5. "Biosafety Officer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. "Heavily Department Dependent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Columbia University"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Great education and international focus.

    Cons

    Quite expensive and little focus on helping students.

  8. "Big Org"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager 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

    The benefits are pretty good, especially vacation.

    Cons

    Management is a mess.
    The bureaucracy is crazy.


  9. "Project Coordinator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and educational opportunities

    Cons

    Overworked and abusive work culture


  10. "Summer Research Program (Leadership Alliance)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    - Exposure to rigor of PhD program within 8 weeks
    - Stipend of $5000
    - Great community of scholars
    - GRE prep

    Cons

    - Faculty mentor not exactly within your field of dicipline

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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