Columbia University
3.6 of 5 447 reviews
www.columbia.edu New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY US

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.6 312 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger

Lee C. Bollinger

(156 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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An amazing place to work

Disability Services (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsDynamic work environment, access to campus libraries, great work-life balance.

ConsNot as much room for personal growth, low level salaries for high-level admin jobs.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf they provided more opportunity for long-term growth they actually have the potential to be one of the best places to work in New York City

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Intern for four summers

Event Management Assistant (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Columbia University as an intern for less than a year

ProsExcellent nonprofit management experience, tight communities, fast paced.

ConsNot for the faint of heart-- the pro of fast-paced work might be con for some.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue checking in with interns and managing the training programs as you already do.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Scholar Fellowship (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsBig city, big opportunity. Especially for those who want to be in the financial industry, Columbia is definitely one of the best choices. Many nice restaurants around the main campus. Safe and beautiful uptown environment. The research atmosphere is incredible. A lot of interdisciplinary research is going on. For example, data analysis research has been shared across statistics, computer science, ieor, etc.

ConsThe rent is expensive.

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Amazing thought leadership despite the bureaucracy

Assistant Director (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsWorld-class intellectual leadership; opportunity for inter-disciplinary collaboration and exposure to cutting edge research. Depending on the unit / department, potential for linking academic knowledge and scientific research to a global action agenda.

ConsVery complex internal bureaucracy requires extensive time and familiarity to navigate.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working to modernize and streamline the administrative bureacracy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Research Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Columbia University part-time for less than a year

Prosprofessional/ opportunity to collaborate with different people

Constons of work and little salary

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A/V Tech (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsI loved working at Columbia University. I'd go back there In a heartbeat , but the job was for only 4 months

ConsI didn't work as much as I wanted !!

Advice to Senior ManagementDo away with the 4 Month limitation!!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good people; huge bureaucracy

Assistant Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsColumbia is enormous and therefore work environment varies depending on your department. Generally, the work culture is family-friendly and people are nice.

ConsThe bureaucracy is terrible. Getting anything done takes a million forms.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Program Coordinator, On Campus Recruiting (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsVery flexible and supportive work environment, plenty of room to grow and develop, and free tuition as a full time employee after two years of service!

ConsSalary is standard for higher ed; even with a promotion the salary grades do not raise significantly.

Advice to Senior ManagementCould do with better training of new employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good work environment, great benefits, salary not too good

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

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

ProsGreat benefits - including over 4 weeks of paid vacation. Unlimited sick days too.
Good friendly people, a nice environment to work at. Campus is amazing - lots of trees and greenery. Get to work with some very smart people.

ConsSalaries are low compared to the real world - also somewhat low when compared to other peer institutions. There is a decent bit of bureaucratic red tape here as well.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake salaries more competitive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great colleagues and intellectually engaging work environment at university

Administrative Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsYou are surrounded by smart people and ideas. You can be involved in pushing the educational envelope. In some departments there is a very collaborative feel. Often, there are opportunities to start new programs and be entrepreneurial. There are many opportunities to work with ideas and educational content.

ConsThings move much more slowly than in the private sector. There is a big emphasis on consensus that sometimes slows things down. Some faculty do not seem to respect colleagues in administration. Resources are limited but it just means you have to be creative in managing your work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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