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4.1
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Lee C. Bollinger
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Hi all, I just graduated with my masters in Public Health from Columbia University and offered a Business Analyst at McKinsey with a salary of 105K. I also have 2 years of industry experience in Life Science’s prior to my graduate degree. With my education and work experience, could I attempt making a case for a Senior BA position instead (given that I lack a business school/work background) and/or also push for higher starting salary? I don’t have any other offers to leverage McKinsey & Company

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  • "Salaries in the teaching and research tracks are low compared to private industry; many positions depend on grant funding.(in 208 reviews)
  • "The pay can be low and slow(in 188 reviews)
  • "extremely low on pay and poor management(in 78 reviews)
  • "I have seen on more than one occasion, staff members completely stop doing their jobs with no serious repercussions (b/c the managers don't want to deal with the strenuous process of terminating someone).(in 30 reviews)
  • "Not terribly challenging, supervisors are busy with their own work so they don't always have time to give you assignments, very easy to end up sitting behind a computer for six hours surfing the Internet(in 22 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    awesome

    Nov 30, 2022 - Director in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    great place to work with

    Cons

    no room for growth unless you are a professor

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    The work culture at SEAS is toxic.

    Sep 17, 2022 - Director 
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    Pros

    Pros: ivy league name. Ability to do incredible work becaue of funding and clout. Prospects after leaving. Pockets of caring and compassionate colleagues.

    Cons

    The culture of Columbia is that you should always be working. Your 9 to 5 is filled with meetings, and zooms calls that you're expected to show up to the office to hold (all over zoom). Then when 5 PM hits you get your actual work done until 9 PM. it is not uncommon to get texts to personal phone or emails well into the late hours of the night with the expectation that you respond. All teams are skeleton crews at best who are all overworked, underpaid, and severely understaffed. Trust is non existent and trusting colleagues is an uphill battle against possessive, social climbing, blame deflecting people. I started working for SEAS during the pandemic and since I've started 17 people have left SEAS (that I know of). The average time of an employee here is either 2 years or less or 15 years or more. This place churns and burns its staff and works under the idea of "if you leave its because you couldn't hack it". The best employees work at the lowest levels and are too afraid to speak up for fear of retaliation or being fired.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Working in a research lab as a Software engineer building VR/AR games for them. The job has been great

    Nov 29, 2022 - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Progressive company. Can give good experience for the industry (particularly for students).

    Cons

    Less salary. Less benefits. Less funding for engineering.

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    As a Full time Professor

    Nov 27, 2022 - Professor in New York, NY
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    Pros

    You get to interact with you minds across the world

    Cons

    Being a professor is pretty responsible job

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Highly interesting Research

    Nov 30, 2022 - Graduate Research Assistant 
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    Pros

    Flexible work hours. High encouragement from the Professor. All the lab mates are eager to help you out with your difficulties.

    Cons

    Lack of a set timeline to finish projects.

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  7. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Please go somewhere other than the Center for Liver Disease

    Nov 16, 2022 - Administrative Aide 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent benefits but don't expect raises

    Cons

    I've worked here for some time and I will say that this place is so toxic. Manager barely speaks to you unless there is something wrong, Director always has some snarky remarks and the doctors go above and beyond to blame everything and anything on you without trying to understand the root of the problem. Healthcare in the last 2 years has become overwhelming in general but working in an environment where you're not valued makes it 10x worst

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Laboratory undergraduate student researcher

    Dec 1, 2022 - Undergraduate Student Researcher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent pay for an undergrad student Opens doors to future opportunities

    Cons

    The experience is heavily dependent on the lab and the principal investigator

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    salary and benefits of CU medical center-research field

    Nov 30, 2022 - Lab Technician in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    have some good benefits, like retirement, continue studying...

    Cons

    non-profit field, no overtime compensation.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Review @ Columbia University

    Nov 18, 2022 - Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Superb facilities; collaborative scopes; High impact research

    Cons

    Nothing to mention about it.

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great experience

    Nov 17, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Tuition Reimbursement Good benefits Hybrid

    Cons

    Slow salary growth Long commute if outside of Manhattan

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Columbia University has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5, based on over 4,318 reviews left anonymously by employees. 80% of employees would recommend working at Columbia University to a friend and 65% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Columbia University employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Columbia University. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

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