Columbia University Reviews

Updated Sep 30, 2022

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4.1
81%
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75%
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
Lee C. Bollinger
1,120 Ratings
Pros
  • "Friendly environment and great benefits(in 147 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is understood given the academic calendar(in 146 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "relatively low pay compared to private sector(in 68 reviews)

  • "As with many large orgs, there is a fair amount of red tape(in 52 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      good

      Mar 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      good good good good good

      Cons

      everything is good as professional

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Not Great for Higher Ed

      Dec 27, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Excellent benefits including tuition reimbursement. Varies by department, but overall good work/life balance.

      Cons

      Large institution makes it hard to navigate/have impact. Internal politics are real.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Founder & Managing Director

      Aug 29, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Consulting firm for SME: business and digital transformation

      Cons

      Flexible working hours, engaging culture

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Teaching Assistant

      Jan 1, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Good Pay and balance of work and life

      Cons

      There is a salary cut and not sure what will happen in the future

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    5. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Columbia is disgusting and needs to recognize its graduate student workers

      May 16, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Nice buildings, caring faculty in my department, in New York City, etc.

      Cons

      The way that this administration treats its graduate students is absolutely disgusting. Despite being certified as a union by the NLRB, the university continues to neglect the ruling and refuses to bargain with its graduate union. Other "peer" universities, such as NYU and Harvard, have recognized their graduate students as workers. It is shameful for Columbia to disrespect the democratic right of its students to unionize.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Job!

      Sep 28, 2022 - Research Assistant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great culture, facilities, ideas, people.

      Cons

      Mid-range salary made living in New York City somewhat difficult.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Part Time Work

      Sep 28, 2022 - Software Developer 
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      Pros

      The work schedule was very flexible.

      Cons

      None, for this kind of employment.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      experience at Columbia in general

      Sep 28, 2022 - Assistant Director 
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      Pros

      Great students to work with

      Cons

      needs to manage politics from different level

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Student at Columbia

      Sep 27, 2022 - MS Student 
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      Pros

      Worked in a lab in the BME department. Overall good experience.

      Cons

      Hard to find housing, lab was big and very little communication with PI

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