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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
614 Reviews
3.9
614 Reviews
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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.  

    Very satisfying job, great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Management Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Business Management Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Persona le people
    good work life balance
    good pay
    great area and offices

    Cons

    Non keep up the good work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting your employees your doing great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Safe, stable, and good benefits. Your experience will depend entirely on your department and team you work with.

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

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

    Pros

    Room to grow. Collegiate environment is nice.

    Cons

    There are clear limits to salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Undergraduate student

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

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

    Pros

    they are treating cases with a lot professionalism

    Cons

    I takes time to get answer for normal requests

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  5.  

    Good work place atmosphere for personal growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    The university does a good job at fostering personal growth and employee development. Compensation is generally very competitive and well-received.

    Cons

    Some of the work at the university can be slow-paced due to international grant organizations or government grants. Bureaucratic work can slow things down significantly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great University but non-MBA department are not well-managed

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Great staff working here and a lot of promising international students.
    Great location in the NYC, people get Columbia subsidised housing
    Great name of the university for your resume

    Cons

    The neighbourhood is not really kids friendly, many staff families live outside New York and commute.
    Housing is great, but mostly small apartments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the process of course selection better in terms of providing students with more information about the courses (feedback, work volume). This will improve satisfaction of both students and staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for a Ph.D. student

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

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Pros

    Pay is good. If you don't spend too much, the salary actually is much higher than other universities for a graduate research assistant

    Cons

    It is not easy to get in, since it does not enroll that many Ph.D. students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Being a grad student at Columbia University

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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

    Pros

    Great environment to foster learning, more collarborative than one might expect.

    Cons

    Poor benefits and salary, but nothing worse than other graduate programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay (or at least benefits) would make people a lot happier and more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Technician/Lab Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Working at Columbia University provides you with an opportunity to not only meet world-renowned scientists and professors, but also to participate in scientific research, which has implications beyond the laboratory. If you put the required effort and work, you will have a chance of being included among the authors in a scientific paper.

    Cons

    The overall bureaucracy is pretty bad and communication with or between the many departmental offices can be challenging. Disconnect between the main campus and the Medical Center is troubling but not unmanageable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wish there was a better HR system in place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Library Specialist I in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Library Specialist I in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Working at the library is interesting, you definitely aren't sitting at the desk doing nothing.

    Cons

    Dull, and my supervisor tended to be mean and easily angered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider being more respectful to the newer librarians—i.e. please don't yell, make mean comments when they make a mistake, etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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