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Columbia University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated 14 August, 2014
Updated 14 August, 2014
517 Reviews

3.8
517 Reviews
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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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.  

    graduate student

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

    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
  2.  

    Great university to work for

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Very laid back, not too demanding. Always easy to manage one's time because things to do sort of just came as you went. There are always new techs coming in, so I wasn't the only new person there when I first came in.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Stagnant job. Decent monetary compensation, but not that many perks or benefits. Columbia-Presbyterian is involved in talks with unions, and future seems uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Computer Science Research Intern

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    got to work on interesting research problems, very flexible, community was welcoming, pay was good

    Cons

    I was working by myself and not in a team

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Writer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Great environment, opportunities for career growth, excellent colleagues, interesting and meaningful work. Very good work/life balance, and a beautiful campus! I was able to take courses that improved my personal and professional life.

    Cons

    I did not experience any challenges at all while working at Columbia. It was an ideal place filled with interesting and intelligent people. It was an honor and privilege to work for this institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Work Place

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    Current Employee - MAINTENANCE/PORTER  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - MAINTENANCE/PORTER in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    I enjoy how we work as a team to correct problems as they pop up. Plus, discuss new ideas that improve work efficiency and minimized work load or time.

    Cons

    The workers (employee) did communicate with each other to improve efficiency and perform to their highest standard but management never had any time to meet and listen to our ideas and concerns. The lock of communications and the preferential treatment toward one employee is an issue that bothers many of us but we kept listen because we fear management or those special employee with influence or preferential access to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to schedule and meet with employee in private and ask then their opinion or what else they need to improve work efficiency and shorten time of respond. Stop 100% the preferential treatment toward some employee and give each employee the same support, opportunity and value their efforts too!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot teaching introductory and advanced labs at Columbia. It was kinda fun!

    Cons

    They don't pay you to TA. I was on a fellowship, but my department still required a bunch of TA credits.

  8.  

    Small fish in a big pond

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

    Pros

    Columbia obviously has the name going for it, and stipends for the grad students are fairly reasonable. People are surprisingly friendly and seem open to collaboration.

    Cons

    SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM Columbia always feels the need to send every message about everything to everyone in the community. Additionally, there are so many office and departments, it can be hard to know where to go to resolve an issue. The grad students at the Medical Center are second class citizens compared to the med students. Finally, the "cost-of-living" stipend increase doesn't keep pace with price increases in Columbia's own housing! There's not a lot of transparency in payments & budgeting, leading even the people who manage labs clueless about how much money they really have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spamming me about every new dean that's hired or retired. Actually subsidize the dorm housing! Students can't afford to pay market rate rent on these stipends, but we don't qualify for section 8 low income housing. Stop charging so much rent to the labs when Facilities can't even keep pipes from breaking and light bulbs replaced.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    TA-ing is a great opportunity to make money and gain experience while finishing your degree

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    Former Employee - Curriculum and Grading Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Curriculum and Grading Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    great opportunity to make money and gain experience while finishing your degree

    Cons

    Some classes have much more work to grade and support than others but all are paid the same

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    frustrating.

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    Current Employee - Staff Associate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Associate in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    low bar for performance expected.

    Cons

    low bar for performance expected, management not addressing problems of the business actively enough and there is not good communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more proactive. pay attention to undervalued brand and improve it. get rid of underperformers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    An institution that doesn't care about you.

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

    Pros

    Prestige, connections to other researchers

    Cons

    Core facilities not up to other institutions.
    HR extremely unorganized, I didn't get paid for 4 weeks, no benefits enrollment until 1 month.
    Ethical conduct in research training is severely lacking.
    Poor morale among a lot of post docs.
    Buildings are not even adequate, our floor has been 96 degrees some days due to a malfunctioning AC system. Apparently a problem for 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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