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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
429 Reviews
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 10 reviews)

  • New York is quite expensive and postdocs are not very well paid (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    I'd recommend it as a place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great medical insurance. Great education insurance. Great vacation time. Great sick time benefits.

    Cons

    Very very very big. Working experience really depends upon which school or department or division your associate it with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is excellent, professional, relaxed, caring, lots of opportunities to grow laterally and up.

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Palisades, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Palisades, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    at the LDEO campus, lots of extra activities, yoga, basketball, soccer, volleyball. Since its through Columbia University you have access to classes, training, sobaticals, almost a month's worth of time off in a year. Flexible Hours, each position varies in the liberties but it is a very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Pay is not what you would get elsewhere(such as Finance industry), but for a University it is very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within more, they do pretty good at trying to place people in jobs, but not always promoting from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working at Columbia as a Data Analyst was a great way to start my career, leverage my skills, and meet great people.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Data Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Data Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Great staff
    - Intelligent people

    Cons

    - Location
    - My limited time there allowed me to work only on one project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student Employment

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers in a relaxed but professional environment.

    Cons

    Lower pay than you might find with other admin work in the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring students!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Administrator

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Fair salaries given context in NYC area, excellent working environment

    Cons

    NYC housing wildly expensive. For families, NYC public education is horrible, or horrible to navigate to get to the good stuff. Private education is wildly expensive. Commuting from outside NYC eats up a large proportion of your life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Columbia is very resourceful.

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    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    There is a virtually endless amount of things to take from and learn.

    Cons

    It requires a lot of initiative, self motivation and independence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nah

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Postdoc life

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to work from home.

    Cons

    The only goal is grants and publications. The passion to do good and love science is lacking. People seem very unhappy.

  9.  

    Teaching assistant

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Nice salary.
    Really good training if one wants to have an academic career.
    Opportunity to develop your communication skills / help others

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of assignment to grade (time consuming)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Scientific Community

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    Current Intern - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Intern - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to learn from great minds, attend seminars, and conduct innovative research!

    Cons

    Housing in this area is pricy, but with a roommate or housing allowance is it possible to find a nice apartment in Morningside heights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to show employee appreciation via benefits or perks (like discounts at local businesses).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Flexible hours; relatively good compensation for work-study jobs

    Cons

    Not incredibly exciting work; lot of bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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