Columbia University Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2021

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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
Lee C. Bollinger
798 Ratings
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  1. "Working event staff for Columbia Athletics"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Event Staff Member 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - flexible hours - great management (understanding, funny, kind) - great colleagues

    Cons

    - task can be repetitive

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    "Bureaucratic nightmare"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Columbia University for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I was fortunate to work with some talented colleagues. Additionally, my on-campus housing (I believe this is only for research staff) was quickly and easily arranged. Apartment maintenance was performed promptly. The IT department (CUIT) proved flexible and willing to solve our problems.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is an unstoppable force; paper forms abound and forget about doing anything not covered by an existing policy or checklist. Department administrations appear stuck in the 1970s with staff that, on average, do little more than the bare minimum. Capable staff are hamstrung by arcane procedures. I fear this extends to the educational aspects of the University, which is compounded by a lack of willingness to change. My appointment was bungled no fewer than three times, leading to delays in pay and lapsed health insurance. At one point I was forced to purchase my own health insurance from the state exchange because of an administrator's error. Expense reimbursements sometimes took months to arrive. Procurement was an embarrassment. Several times during my tenure vendor accounts were left unpaid. Dozens of hours were wasted trying to follow up with our department's business office in attempts to rectify said situations. It took over a year for our group's charge account at Staples to be approved for use.

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  3. "PhD competitive pay"

    5.0
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    good pay, great campus, free classes

    Cons

    high rent, lots of grading and TA work required

  4. "Great school!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Columbia University is an excellent place to do a PhD in Computer Science.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

  5. "Amazing place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Revenue Cycle Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    A large institution with ample opportunity for growth that also cares about its staff

    Cons

    Lines of responsibility can be easily blurred

  6. "Exactly what you would expect"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, and nice colleagues.

    Cons

    There is some bureaucracy but that is to be expected in academics.

  7. "Amazing research institute"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing research institute, vibrant work environment

    Cons

    Low salaries for visiting faculty/postdocs and high living expenses

  8. "Great for graduate studies"

    5.0
    Current Employee - PhD Student in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great location and university culture

    Cons

    Expensive to live around campus

  9. "Biology Department is great"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Staff Assistant 

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

    Pros

    Close-knit community, most people are great to work with

    Cons

    HR department can be a bit slow to move things forward. One person who puts in order requests can be difficult to work with

  10. "d"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time

    Pros

    good working environment, strong pay

    Cons

    competitive, transportation is bad, housing

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