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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
532 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Dynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • salaries are generally really low for New York City standards (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    A good place to work in Grad School

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grading and Cirriculum Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Grading and Cirriculum Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The GCA position is an excellent opportunity for grad students. It pays well and allows you to meet some excellent professors with whom you'll build strong professional connections.

    Cons

    Consider carefully the jobs you apply to, their are a lot of positions out their, but as a grad student you'll want to make sure the one you take is advancing your career prospects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great work-study environment

    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student/Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Engaging and intelligent professors to work with
    Opportunity to work with different departments and expand knowledge/skill sets
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities
    Persistence is required to ensure project deadlines are met

  3.  

    Maintenance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Maintenance in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Don't give additional opportunities to temporally (seasonal) worker after their time is done. The exceptional work, always on time and not missing a day of work, staying late to complete task or as requested by management, working on days off to cover union workers that never show up or calls is 100% taken for granted.

    Cons

    Treat workers by laws, pay is good and by law or above. Co-workers are generally good and help each other as best as they can..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must and should take a bigger part in the relationship with workers and supervisor under then. It looks like management has no idea what's happening beneath, But the biggest issue is over spending and having too must inventory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A very satisfying experience

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

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can pursue independent research and also collaborate with the best scientists

    Cons

    Limited resources in academic research fundings

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    13 years at Columbia University

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits and access to free courses.
    A relaxed, academic work environment.

    Cons

    Columbia pays low but offers very good health and savings benefits.
    Free tuition was also a plus for me, though I was given the runaround when I wanted to get a degree.
    I also found it difficult to advance or move to another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cut some benefits and kept salaries low after the crash of 2008,
    making it difficult for faithful staff to do free degree coursework.
    This seems illogical to me. Shouldn't an educational institution make it easy for staffers to take advantage
    of its courses and faculty? This builds staffers' skills and work incentive, and costs the institution very little, if anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bureaucratic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    A lot of great opportunities to further your education, attend lectures, seminars and workshops from researchers at the forefront of their subject. Departments are close-knit and the people are generally friendly and willing to lend a hand when needed.

    Cons

    Administration is very unorganized and there is a lot of red tape to go through to get things done. Lack of communication and coordination between administrations of different schools within the university, as well as between the school administrations and the university administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized. Know what is going on in your department/school/university. Spend less time pushing for a higher ranking and more time listening to your students/faculty/staff about ways to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Slow moving, no growth, depressing environment. Complacency rules here..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work hours are very light and responsibility is lighter.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty bad, managers are incapable of delegating responsibility, and people who possess any drive are ridiculed for it. There is too many employees for the amount of work to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives are a good thing. Train your employees to grow and contribute, not just to be subordinate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Big Academic Institution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Big, with so many PIs and research opportunities. Lots of intelligent people. Perfect for young scientist trying to figure out what to do. There is a lot of freedom to pursue research interests and to be relatively independent. This place is the path to academia professorship if you are smart, ambitious and lucky.

    Cons

    Big. So big, there are so many bureaucracy and waste. Smart people come and leave. Whether you have a good experience is highly dependent on who is your boss. The benefits is OK, but the pay is on the lower side. Not good for long term staying.

  10.  

    Decent job, surprising lack of infrastructure given level of university

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Faculty Desktop Support  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Faculty Desktop Support in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, most faculty are friendly and gracious. I spent my time helping professors and administrators with their various computer problems. Most fell under similar categories and were thus easily resolved. I greatly enjoyed the ability to schedule my own hours and come and go as I pleased.

    Cons

    Communication was sometimes difficult. Never got a raise. Sometimes it was frustrating having to wait for departmental approval to proceed with work requests, or to figure out exactly who was responsible for helping a particular client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful for all involved if on-campus computing were more integrated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    graduate student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    really like my PI, great place to work, fun place to live, student housing is nice and affordable.

    Cons

    work-life balance can be off depending on what group you are in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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