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Good people, dated systems
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT (Current Employee), New York, NYMay 29, 2015
Pros: Benefits, environment, people
Cons: Beurocratic and political
Extremely bureaucratic, but great benefits, people and work/life balance - comp is OK. Good luck trying to get anything done that is inter-office or inter-departmental. TERRIBLE admin systems.
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Great Place to Work.
Manager - Faculty Secretariat (Current Employee), New York, NYMay 27, 2015
Pros: Great Benefits and Retirement Plan
Cons: you have to work during the summer
Deal with Students and Faculty. Summer time is slow. Spring and Fall are very busy with class materials and textbook inquiries.
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It was professional place but not a team playing organization.
Private Tutor (Former Employee), New York, NYMay 26, 2015
It was an average institution. I did not enjoy working there, especially because it was a very individualistic approach and there was no teamwork at all. people were professional but there was no sense of camaraderie.
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Student part-time job - nothing special
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee), New York, NYMay 25, 2015
you get a job based on academic performance. You get direct relationship with the professor which is very special, but won't be helpful for getting a job outside unless you want to get a phd.
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Is a great place to work for with good benefits
Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee), New York, NYMay 20, 2015
Pros: great benefits
Cons: quick turn over
The only complaint I will have is that they work you until they cant no more, and the day you don't function to expectation they get rid of you.
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Good Benefits; Good People; Ivy League Prestige
Full-time Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), New York, NYMay 12, 2015
Pros: Good Benefits; Good People; Ivy League Prestige
The Facilities Department of what was known at the time as the Health Sciences Campus of Columbus University had people who were nice and smart and realized how important it was to deliver good quality spaces to accommodate the level of healthcare that's expected of an Ivy League institution.

I was there back in 1995 through 2002, so I hope they're still as good as they were back then.
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Great place to work and job security is optimal
Project Coordinator (Former Employee), New York, NYMay 9, 2015
Pros: Benefits, work life balance
Cons: Upwards mobility is difficult, but not impossible
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is a great place to work. Coworkers and management provide respectful environment. CUMC is a meeting of the minds. You have the ability to be a part of groundbreaking research. I would highly recommend working at CUMC .
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Fast Pace
Health Outreach Coordinator (Former Employee), New York, NYApril 27, 2015
Working this environment I had to learn to keep up with a fast pace environment and make adjustments when needed. Other employees helped a lot.
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productive and fun place work
Waitress (Former Employee), New York, NYApril 22, 2015
Pros: free luches
Cons: short breaks and on call job
great place to work many opportunity and good compensation, good environment.multi culture and learn everyday new things personal and profesional .
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Very good compensation/benefits and work/life balance
Assistant Director of Financial Planning (Former Employee), New York, NYApril 17, 2015
A typical day in this position at Columbia Business School's Financial Planning Office entitled monitoring and reconciling the financial activity of departments and programs internally and with the university accounting systems, along with preparing high level reports that detailed revenue, capital funds, expenditures of personnel and OTPS, and approving or rejecting journaling transfers.
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Reputed Institution
HealthNet & Work-force Coordinator/Office Manager (Former Employee), New York, NYApril 10, 2015
Columbia is a very reputed institution and people tend to stay there for decades, hence there are very strong relationships that are built, thus creating some politics. Otherwise, it is a nice place to work at, you will grow exponentially in whatever role and career you chose there.
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Culture is King
Junior Faculty Night Clinic (Current Employee), New York, NYApril 3, 2015
I appreciated the culture at Columbia University College of Dental medicine for its egalitarian mindset. Predoctoral students were not looked down upon and senior faculty were not seen as inherently superior.
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Hospitality
Office Assistant (Casual Staff) (Former Employee), NY,New YorkMarch 31, 2015
Columbia University is a magical magical place! It is a great place to learn and a beautiful campus Its was a great experience working with the students and staff.....
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A Private University With a Commitment to Public Service
Special Assistant to the Faculty (Current Employee), New York, NYMarch 30, 2015
Pros: Generous benefits, including the opportunity to earn a degree at little cost.
Cons: Inconsistent management quality and poor HR administration.
Columbia is a large academic center with local, national and international affiliations and relationships. This has made it a world class university and students and faculty find working and studying here to be challenging and rewarding.

Staff salaries have improved and benefits, including tuition support are attractive. The quality of work environments varies so it helps to do some research before applying for employment, but in general the atmosphere is generally professional and working here is a rewarding experience.
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Communication Skills Improved
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee), New York, NYMarch 12, 2015
Pros: flexible working time
This is a great opportunity to improve my communication skills. Helping the professor and the students is a lot of fun. And the working time is quite flexible.
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Great place to work.
Porter/Front Desk Receptionist (Former Employee), New York, NYMarch 5, 2015
Pros: equal opportunity for all.
It's a great place to work, provides employment opportunities for everyone without prejudice and provides a safe enviornment for others to work.
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Intellectually riveting environment, fast paced and friendly
Executive Assistant to the Special Advisor (Current Employee), New York, NYFebruary 25, 2015
Pros: flexible hours, i learn a alot everyday, i meet incredibly powerful and successful people daily
Cons: can be overly stressful at times, indecisiveness is my worst enemy, bureaucracy and politics can be frustrating when trying to get things done on a deadline
Working at Columbia University has given me a steady job which not only demands intellectual growth, but has also provided me with a great team, support network and fantastic managers who I am thankful for every day. The work is hard, complex and unending, but it is building the necessary traits in me that will guide me to a path to success.
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Bleh
. (Former Employee), New York, NYFebruary 23, 2015
Pros: relatively safe place to work
Cons: some skills aren't transferable to other industries.
Good place to hide if you don't want a challenging job. No sense of urgency on project work. Change directions of goals in a blink of an eye. Management needs a face lift - on all departments.
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Nice lace to work
Fire Safety Officer (Current Employee), New York, NYFebruary 15, 2015
Nice place to work, people are friendly . Good benefits and time off. Nice co-workers, management a little stiff. Learned a lot about various EHS functions.
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fantastic place to conduct research
Postdoctoral researcher (Current Employee), New York, NYFebruary 14, 2015
Columbia is the place that you can efficiently work with experts from many fields. It is easy to find resources that is critical to your work.

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Columbia University Salaries

Administrative Assistant
$48,000 per year
Research Scientist
$55,000 per year
Porter
$16.50 per hour
Research Assistant
$31,330 per year
Project Coordinator
$55,000 per year

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