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Updated Oct 26, 2021

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4.2
86%
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
Lee C. Bollinger
1,077 Ratings
Pros
  • "Friendly environment and great benefits(in 147 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is understood given the academic calendar(in 146 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "relatively low pay compared to private sector(in 68 reviews)

  • "As with many large orgs, there is a fair amount of red tape(in 52 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Mar 23, 2021 - Graduate Research Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Located in a nice part of Manhattan Good Infrastructure Convenient campus Housing from Columbia is super convenient

      Cons

      Expensive cost of living in NYC

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Postdoctoral Scholar

      Oct 26, 2021 - Postdoctoral Scholar in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent resources for research and teaching

      Cons

      Difficult housing if not affiliated with Columbia; expensive cost of living in NYC does not match salary

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Valuable Experience

      Sep 25, 2021 - Assistant Director in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Location in New York City with many opportunities to engage in experiences beyond the workplace. Connecting to great colleagues. Learning how to navigate a decentralized and complex institution of higher education. Provide stepping stone in career journey.

      Cons

      Salary for those who work on the front line of support students is relatively low compared to the cost of living in the area. High employee attrition/turnover.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Columbia University

      Jul 26, 2021 - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good neighborhood, Decent educational program

      Cons

      Cost of living, Not so much recreational programs

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great institute to work for

      Jul 13, 2021 - Program Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great network. People want to see you succeed and will do what they can to help you realize your goals

      Cons

      Cost of living in NYC is expensive

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Columbia University

      Jul 13, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      salary, location, program, living in nyc, time off Compensation for graduate students really depends on the student's department. Across the board, most programs are pretty good. Living in new york city is exciting as there is plenty to do in the city. There is some good flexibility on time off, again dependent on the department.

      Cons

      expensive housing and general cost of living Cost of living and especially housing is steep in new york city. University owned aparments are more affordable in certain situations but can still be expensive.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great

      Feb 8, 2021 - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great academic environment in the University and the city

      Cons

      NY cost of living is high

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to do research

      Feb 5, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great University. Nice people. Interesting city.

      Cons

      High cost of living in NYC.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Current Law Student

      Jan 31, 2021 - Law Student in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Faculty, Smart Classmates, Wide Range of Career Resources

      Cons

      Expensive, High Cost of Living

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Stimulating environment but stressful lifestyle

      Jan 14, 2021 - Researcher in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Intellectually stimulating, surrounded by top talent, lots of opportunity for collaborations and intellectual growth, flexible work hours

      Cons

      lack work/life balance, stressful environment, low compensation compared to cost of living

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