Columbia University Employee Reviews about "cost of living"

Updated Nov 30, 2020

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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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870 Ratings
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  1. "Great place to be a postdoc"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, great postdoctoral society, great supervisor

    Cons

    experience depends on supervisor, high cost of living

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  2. "Good place for education"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    You get to meet amazing people

    Cons

    There is a high cost of living and tuition


  3. "Columbia University"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching and Research Fellow in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bridges innovation and social engagement in one of the great cities of the world.

    Cons

    Given the cost of living in NYC, this university does not offer compensation commensurate to similar institutions.

  4. "Humanities Student"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful and supportive faculty, library/consortium resources are strong

    Cons

    Admin stance on unionization is quite appalling; cost of living is high

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome research environment but terrible comps and rights"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of labs working on very cool research projects. Brilliant and supportive colleagues.

    Cons

    Postdoc salaries in biomedical labs at Columbia are pathetic. They follow the NIH guidelines, but don't adjust for the fact that the cost of living in NYC is ~150% higher than average of major US cities. Postdocs who manage to get grants for themselves end up getting LESS money than they would have if they stayed on their PI's grant, AND Columbia demotes their health insurance to the worst option possible. PIs and the administration often cite "prestige" to bully postdocs into accepting low salaries. "Prestige" doesn't pay for rent or food.

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  6. "Great place for advancing technical skills en-route to tenure track position"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have a ton of support from my mentors and in addition to my salary have been offerred supplements by aiding in research unrelated to my current funding and TA'ing for courses on the side.

    Cons

    The amount you're paid is nowhere near proportional to the cost of living in NYC.

  7. "Ivy League University - Academic Environment - Safe by Stiff Structure"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Academic environment is flexible with hours and offers very generous time-off. Workload is highly variable, as a function of academic calendar.

    Cons

    Columbia lacks a good incentive structure and promotion structure for strong employees. It is rare to receive more than a cost-of-living increase while serving in a specific position.

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  8. "Low pay for ivy league"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tuition benefits, access to world class lecture series and workshops. Amazing colleagues, depending on the department. Ample vacation time and sick leave.

    Cons

    - Low pay when compared to peer institutions, and considering the cost of living in NY. - Extremely de-centeralized and bureaucratic

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    "Low salary"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Prestigious school, many excellent professors for good collaborations

    Cons

    Low salary given the cost of living in NYC, most of the staff is unfriendly, incompetent and lazy

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Yes but no"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good on-boarding orientation. Very nice physical and office environment. Nice, big, diverse group of colleagues, faculty and staff. Working with hardworking and bright youth. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Low salaries vis a vis cost of living. Executive offices occupied by status quo-only bureaucrats steeped in the hierarchy's politics, i.e., nothing changes, lessons are not learned. Ivory tower aspect to faculty-staff relations.

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