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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
549 Reviews
3.8
549 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 30 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good mix of academic and work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High quality academic environment, easy to come across research assistant positions in different departments.

    Cons

    Not much benefits in terms of health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider including health insurance for doctoral students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Exicellent Loved working for the university

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Portor in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Portor in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice working atmospere , Friendly employees Clean environment

    Cons

    Trying to obtain a fulltime position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great working environment, yet again expect to get stuck at hiring pay if staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Taking free courses and working with grate minds (at times)

    Cons

    increasing work loads with lack of vision from management, on so many levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot more collaboration between departments... need to offer more incentives to keep top talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    smart people around

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

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

    Pros

    academia, promotion, personal growth, future development

    Cons

    working environment, office space, oppurtunity

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance. Even thought i did not work directly with students there was that feel good vibe working at an Ivy league school

    Cons

    Depending the size of the department you work for, opportunity of growth can be very limited. Some departments are just structure certain way, that do not leave any room to move up unless someone above you leaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Red Tape nightmare.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Hall Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Hall Director in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Columbia University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    New leadership as provided better training in the past. Gives a person the chance to better their crisis management skills. Provides free housing in Manhattan on campus while attending Columbia University. Your schedule is generally flexible.

    Cons

    Many of the supervisors are inept, lazy, or unprofessional. They're is little growth opportunity, and the position is under compensated compared to the benefits received at other Universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the compensation plan so that it is comparable with other institutions. Bring in new leadership that is not stale in their positions.

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

    It depends on who your supervisor is

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

    I worked at Columbia University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best research university in the US
    Great Campus
    NY
    office culture vary from lab to lab

    Cons

    High living costs
    salary not on par with living costs
    safety issue if you live in poorer neighborhood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say because there is no central management when you work in a lab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Extremely friendly office experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Design Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Web Design Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Columbia University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    An extremely friendly office experience, ability to work with advanced drupal builds with both front and back facing websites.

    Cons

    The in-university clients are at best illiterate and at worst on reasonable, there are near constant delays with acquiring resources for design projects.

    Recommends
  10.  

    A good place to work in Grad School

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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