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Columbia University Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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Pros
  • benefits, work life balance, opportunities (in 86 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Stipend is barely enough for living in new york city (in 34 reviews)

  • Columbia doesn't pay as well as nearby institutions where students face similar cost of living (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Scientific Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are good. They should be more flexible with working from home

    Cons

    The salary for this position is not fair compared to the amount of work required.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary for position, support employees from abuse by people higher up.


  2. "Good benefits, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Columbia University Officer of Administration in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Columbia University Officer of Administration in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked at two Columbia University administrative departments across all three campuses. There are several pros and cons to Columbia. Here are the pros:

    - Good vacation policy, unlimited sick leave, good work-life balance
    - Good retirement benefits. You immediately vest in your retirement plan and the university matches 3% of your voluntary contributions. After two years as an officer, the company matches an extra 5%.
    - Lots of free food, lots of events
    - Great tuition benefits

    Cons

    Columbia University pays below market rate compared to other universities and hospitals in the area. In asking my peers that work at other institutions, the pay can range up to 30% less at Columbia. A lot of my colleagues leave for other institutions, and the turnover rate at Columbia is very high. There is no stability and projects are left unfinished. Other people have to pick up the slack, often starting projects from scratch.

    It is a fast-paced environment -- while great and lets you learn a lot in the short amount of time-- also makes you question the low salary for the amount of work you are doing.

    Management does not seem to have a clue or don't seem to care to improve things, unfortunately. In the past 2 years, there has been a complete change of staff within the department I am currently working for.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to why the turnover rate is so high.

  3. "Protect Postdoctoral Research Scientists"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Columbia University offers a lot of opportunities in professional development

    Cons

    Postdoctoral Research Scientists are not protected in any way. Relatively low pay with no annual increase and lots of pressure to work long days including the weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Review the policy, compare to other major research institutes in New York City


  4. "A superb community absolutely rockin' it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is an open, collaborative environment where everyone is friendly. And most importantly, everyone loves their job.

    Cons

    None really. What am I going to say? Someone keeps eating all of the popcorn.


  5. "good place"

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

    Pros

    It is a top rank institute, good reserach

    Cons

    the locus of the school is not good


  6. "Columbia University Medical Center"

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Interdisciplinary environment with brilliant minds and ambitious students and faculty

    Cons

    HR is badly organized, benefits for postdocs is poor


  7. "benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    there are very good benefits

    Cons

    There are no cons noted

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to give

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled access to academic resources. The environment is exciting and fast paced. The upper west side of NYC is a great location to work.

    Cons

    Office space is tight and the 18-19th century buildings are not really conducive to collaboration. One can feel isolated at one of the largest research institutions in the world.

    Advice to Management

    The departments would benefit from opening themselves physically and also in their activities. More transparency and small efforts to enjoy the community would go a long way.


  9. "Good place indirect communication"

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

    I worked at Columbia University part-time

    Pros

    Loved working with the group of positive people, great mission, curious and smart group

    Cons

    The management can be Passive aggressive

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct in communication


  10. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exposure to experts in the field

    Cons

    Hourly pay is low; no benefits


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