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Columbia University Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "Easy Job and well-paid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No pressure at all. Great balance you can have for your graduate life.

    Cons

    I can't say any. It's not a demanding TA job so you basically can't count on it to learn sth.


  2. "SURF"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great labs, people are friendly

    Cons

    Work hours. a lot of pressure

    Advice to Management

    Better hours


  3. "postdoc life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    great science
    living in new york

    Cons

    new york is expensive
    job market is difficult in new york


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  5. "Great School!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Super accommodating for Students

    Cons

    - takes forever to pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay people quicker


  6. "Columbia University from the perspective of a STEM grad student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grad Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Grad Student in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to knowledgeable professors and potential collaborators. Looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    There's a lot of bureaucracy. The university seems more interested in prestige than taking care of the needs of its grad students.


  7. "CUMC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student 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

    A plethora of great scientist in a small place.

    Cons

    Poor administrative organization and outdated systems.


  8. "Former IT staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Access to a variety of different technology

    Cons

    Office conditions were awful as far as I was concerned. Especially when they ship you off-campus into Harlem into what's basically a warehouse with long shared desks (no privacy and dangerous location across from train tracks, a gas station, and intersection). Not to mention the office is full of older folks who cough up phlegm and mucous all day. Gross. Good luck staying healthy. Likely in violation of several building codes (old dusty below-waist windows, giant lead door that swings open at any moment, could easily injure you). Meeting room was tiny and windowless, with no working equipment. Had to huddle around a tiny laptop in group meetings. Elevator service was shut down often as well, sometimes out of spite from the building workers. Co-workers routinely came into work sick as a dog. In fact, I was assigned to a desk where the ceiling had collapsed onto it. Then in the middle of the day, workers jack-hammered the roof directly above my head. I was told in an email, that work was going on that day and it "wouldn't be very noisy." Even further, I was told it wasn't "technically" a jackhammer, but a different type of tool. Great. The work culture is a game of who can refuse to do work for the longest and continue to make new excuses every week. I was amused by this for about a day. It slowly became very depressing. My colleagues played this excuse-as-to-why-they-haven't-been-able-to-work game over and over and over every single week, without fail. It was enough to drive you completely insane. Eventually I just quit for my mental and physical health. If you work here, and want to learn new stuff, you can, but only to a certain point. Everyone is afraid of the real cutting-edge technology and it's seen as impossible to understand by these dinosaurs, which basically leaves you fully screwed once you leave if you try to get into the private sector. Co-workers were abusive and everything is extremely political and based on words in emails, not actions. If you're a master manipulator you might do well here. New management constantly, and hired from consulting firms. They also force you to complete the windowless basement brainwashing that is ITIL. If you point out the toxic culture to HR you will find yourself deeper and deeper into an inescapable position, because everything is based on words and no one wants to lose their job. This place may have ruined my career, to be quite honest.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to say to management. They don't fire people who continually do nothing, in order to protect their position, it's pretty easy to see. The advice would be to just quit.


  9. "Program Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits and time off.

    Cons

    No annual review of performance and hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to staff who have worked here for a long time- they can be damaging to new hires


  10. "Associate Professor"

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

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, top-tier talent, excellent work environment.

    Cons

    heavy, entrenched bureaucracy, no formal performance review criteria

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible in terms of hires and positions.


  11. "Great mission, overmanagement interferes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Child Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Child Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good community of really caring professionals that support each other.
    Very rewarding relationship with families.
    On going trainings.
    Staff wellness events.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the burocracy with wich everything works. It takes too long to approve anything . It takes two months to hire anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the instinct of your staff that is in close contact with the families and do not try to control it all. Over management, over control and standard procedures get in the way of efficiently serving families.



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