Accounts Payable Manager (Former Employee) – New York, NY – February 2, 2016
On a daily basis there are many invoices to be paid. Management dose not give any clues on to deal with union employees. Most co-workers are very friendly and are willingly to help. The hardest part of the job is how to deal with union employees who are not performing well. The most enjoyable part of the job is their benefits. Good medical programs and of course free tuition.
Call Center Supervisor (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 27, 2016
Check messages to account and prepare for staffing requirements. Operators report to work, turn on system and begin taking calls. I log into system and monitor calls. Check reports and get an idea of what to expect. Prepare several type of reports as required by management. Communicate with operator issues or concerns that come up throughout the day and come up with workable solutions. Feeling that there is something else you can do even when meeting dissatisfied customer needs. Having callers say "Thank You"
Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Morningside Heights, NY – July 19, 2016
Disclaimer: Columbia University is a big place with many different schools and offices. I cannot speak for every school and office in the university, only for the one where I worked.
When I first started to work at Columbia, the school where I was working was a great place to work. I was treated well, and was made to feel valued and appreciated.
As time went on, things changed, and the atmosphere of the workplace became very toxic, and it became difficult to work there. Employees were treated poorly, and the management gave us no encouragement, help or appreciation. Employees became ill from the stress.
My co-workers were, for the most part, helpful and nice. The students were also polite, friendly and thankful for whatever help we gave them. I had a good rapport, also, with faculty members. Management was another story.
Columbia offers very good benefits, which almost made the awful workplace atmosphere bearable.
Good benefits, including generous vacation allowance and free tuition
Student Service Assistant (Temporary) (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 20, 2016
I was recently employed as a temp in the Student Services department at Columbia Law School. There I was tasked with assisting students and staff with invoice processing, travel arrangements, and reimbursements for school-related expenses. I also assisted one of our Associate Deans with clerkships by corresponding with various SDNY Chambers in order to learn about their clerkship hiring practices and opportunities for our students. Finally, I assist other Managers and Directors with a multitude of administrative duties on an ad hoc basis.
Systems Administrator II (Current Employee) – New York, NY – July 31, 2016
Columbia benefits and support from HR has been the best I've ever worked at. They do put their employees first. Working in IT has a ton of benefits with hours and great management. The people who work at Columbia are the nicest and most helpful. Many people have worked at Columbia for over 20 years.
Great benefits, great management, great vacation and time off
Research Assistant Intern (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 31, 2016
Working here gave great insight in what it takes for run/work in a research environment. Gained great recruiting skills and was able to build relationships with colleagues as you are usually partnered with someone. Great Experience
Networking Opportunites, Flexible Schedule
Work can be demanding( ex. recruiting during rain, cold, extreme heat)
Administrative Clerk, Department of Medicine (Former Employee) – New York, NY – April 9, 2016
There is an underlying system at work in Columbia University. There are rules that most people don't even know about. The key to succeeding at CU is to know someone/their sister/their aunt, their brother or their dad. Its all about who you know. The people in a position to hire and fire are all looking to hire who they know from their own personal lives. And that kind of sucks. My supervisor refused to teach me anything new despite requesting more tasks. She insisted she had no time to teach me anything. Then she hired someone she had to teach anyway. It was not okay.
The managerial staff is not very helpful or motivating.
Member (Current Employee) – Morningside Heights, NY – October 12, 2016
Good luck ever moving up the chain here, management is slow and this place is filled with red tape. Also don't even think you're going to be paid close to market rate. Columbia is as cheap as they come. Management isn't concerned about your professional development, and they lack the basics like free coffee, and many offices don't even have windows. Run.
Sustainability Management Graduate Thesis (Former Employee) – New York, NY – November 6, 2015
Columbia University's Sustainability Management Program offers students the chance to learn the latest practices in sustainable resources, marketing and finance. After attending school here, I am able to understand complex topics such as marketing strategy, cost benefit analysis, green accounting and statistical analysis.
Director of Campus Operations (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 10, 2016
work at Columbia for 13 years and I was supported and groomed from an entry level manager to a senior staff. I worked very hard like everywhere else but i felt appreciated and rewarded for my hard work.
HELPDESK MANAGER (Current Employee) – New York, NY – September 6, 2016
Perform basic networking maintenance (switches, wireless and other network devices).Support a 300+ user LAN from the hardware arena. Perform purchasing functions for various IT products, including quotes and requisitions.
Assistant Director of Operations (Current Employee) – New York, NY – October 5, 2016
It is a good place to work, but the culture is extremely outdated. Don't plan on making changes. Workday is typical, but they usually expect OT at all levels (no OT compensation except union employees).