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"Incredible opportunities and a promotion-resistant environment"

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Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Columbia University recruits some of the greatest minds on earth, so working there as an officer of researcher allows you access to truly brilliant individuals. This kind of opportunity is difficult to find and is not to be taken for granted.

Cons

Columbia has a hostile attitude towards promotion in the academic positions. If the department wants to hire a position that the administration doesn't deem sufficient, the hiring does not take place. Also, the cache of working at an Ivy league school effectively allows them to pay less, a common practice, but one with serious consequences in New York City.

Advice to Management

Columbia enjoys recruiting academic super stars. This is fine, but those super stars and the departments they are in also need appropriate support, in the form of non-jet-setting tenured professors and adequate research facilities, to continue to be effective. Furthermore, you could allow your soft money staff researchers to have a portion of the overhead secured from existing grants so that they are paid for their efforts in securing new funding.

Other Employee Reviews for Columbia University

  1. "Research assistant"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Columbia University as an intern

    Pros

    Enhanced technical skills and communication skills

    Cons

    Everything is good there, lots of things to do


  2. "Unprofessional Environment"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good campus, benefits and holidays.

    Cons

    If you are part of Morning Side Campus at Earth Institute, there is a lack of direction from senior leadership.Dysfunctional upper management who discriminates the staff. No promotions/bonuses internally. Untrained managers have poor leadership skills. Management doesn't obey the same rules that apply to their staff. The administration is very tight-fisted, and high performance is not rewarded, unless you are very astute politically.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Respect them and treat them equally. Senior management is not skilled to be managers.

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