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Relaxing and calm organized place to work for.
Students Office Affairs Clerk, Coordinated (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 20, 2018
Colombia University excellent company to work for it
in a professional ambient relaxing, calm and very well organize
excellent management support very well team oriented
in organizing events and black tie affairs. .
Pros
Good salary and proffesional working ambient
Cons
this was only a seasonal job.
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Compensation and benefits are great but the high-stress and poor management complied with lack of advancement leave much to be desired.
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Morningside Heights, NYJuly 20, 2018
The compensation and benefits are on the better end of the spectrum (by better I mean actually meeting industry standards). The amount of stress you must face on a daily basis due the incompetence of the managerial and human reasource staff is second to none. If you have a moral compass and an excellent work ethic, don’t expect to be employed with Columbia for long. Those who stand above the rest with an exceptional work ethic, skills, and a genuine will to progress towards goals will be targeted. The existing long term staff will feel threatened by you (as they do the minimum needed to keep their job) and will do anything in their power to falsify reports and create false claims against you. With verifiable proofs to disprove all claims against you, you are still highly likely to be terminated in order to make the supervisory staff look as if they had full justification in doing so. Thus perpetuating a corrupt system for many years to come. It’s a cut-throat one hand washes the other hand type of environment between the long term staff, as they are always looking for ways to spin a situation in their favor while using speculation instead of factual evidence. The employment oppurtunity at any Columbia University site is similar and has an extremely high turn over rate and should only be considered to boost your resume experience as a platform to reach better more stable employment, don’t expect to make a career with them unless you are without a moral compass and don’t mind ruining the livelihood of other employees to secure your seat on that roller coaster.
Pros
Compensation and Benefits
Cons
Work culture, management, Human Resources
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Poor culture and no growth opportunity
Officer level (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 19, 2018
Work at Morningside campus / Columbia Health at an officer level. The name is all that the institution has. No room for growth, poor salary. Nothing ever gets implemented. Horrible and toxic culture. Staff always out to find out who did what wrong instead of working together. Management and Human Resources is so afraid of dealing with difficult employees that those who work hard get burned out from picking up the “slack”. Not worth the aggravation and headache. Go work some place where you can really use your brains!
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Great overall but don't trust management
Chef/Dining Manager/Research and Development (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 16, 2018
Management will undermine you at every step of the way while crocodile smiling to your face. Work/life balance is wonderful, benefits are good, but beware.
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Great Top Tier University
Senior Research Scientist (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 15, 2018
Columbia is a great place to work and learn. Everyday you can attend lectures and interesting meetings, the management is nice, helpful and organized. The workplace culture is very high quality and nice.
Pros
Great Academic and Research Environment
Cons
Expensive City
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productive
Coding Specialist - Department of Surgery (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 14, 2018
I enjoyed working there until I became hospitalized and they terminated as job abandonment. I provided. HR requested my medical records and I complied with their request - HR maintained their grounds.
Pros
friendly
Cons
Hr
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Right department or school great job
Administrative Supervisor Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Manhattan, NYJuly 12, 2018
Benefits were excellent, my Manager was awesome and flexible. Overall there was no room for advancement in the Finance department. It was for certain people that had nothing to do with skill. There was a lot of down time. Several people i know that graduated from there were overlooked for advancement. The schools are better to work in. Low office morale. The salary was not competitive to my skill level and yrs of experience.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
No advancement
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Associate Director of College Events (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 12, 2018
A fast-paced environment that is project driven. A focus on completion of projects creates an environment of last minute decisions and often stressed final days.
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Horrible managment and HR
Engineer on duty (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 4, 2018
Horrible management. Harassment is common. The benefits are great though; if you qualify, you can attend school for free. Be prepared to train your manager.
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Not Great
Offered audio and video engineer services (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 1, 2018
Disorganized. No upward mobility. Bad pay. Bad management. No adequate communication. Structures are nice. They do not hire from the community. Lots of outsourcing.
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Recruiting
Human Resources Representative (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 28, 2018
review resumes, interview candidates then forward the potential candidates to the right department within the University. That was my main and only responsibilities.
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Not as good as they think they are
Career Counselor (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 27, 2018
Stuffy atmosphere. Managers are not qualified. Interviewing process is condescending. campus isn't all that great, kind of run down, not maintained well. Neighborhood isn't that safe. Salary is low when compared with public universities.
Pros
Lots of vacation time.
Cons
Bad management
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Great Job Security
Assistant Director of Special Projects (Current Employee) –  Manhattanville, NYJune 25, 2018
Columbia provides their employees with amazing benefits, and great job security. The work culture is desirable, and the schedule is consistent, M-F, 9-5. No required weekend work.
Pros
Benefits: Health, Retirement, Continued Education. Job Security
Cons
Rigidity in work schedule
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Eh
Butler Library (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 21, 2018
I worked there as a part of the work study program. You get to learn how to access a very old library but at the same time there is not much career advancement.
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A place of excellence
Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 20, 2018
Columbia University is one of the best universities in the world and to have a privilege to work with great individuals and team, it was really a pleasure.
I enjoyed every bit, with everyone trying to help each other which made learning and working easy.
Pros
Accessibility to resources, ability to work with talented scholars and flexibility
Cons
Nil
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Great Advancements
Security Sergeant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 20, 2018
I started as a security officer & promoted to Sergeant in 16 months.
I've learned how to monitor CCTV & alarms.
The hardest part of the job is keeping the officers satisfied.
A typical day at work involves answering phones, dispatching officers for key assist, emergencies.
Management is fair but firm, which is acceptable.
The enjoyable part of the job is when I know I have successfully help a student through a crisis.
Pros
pay very well
Cons
stressful workplace
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Prodoctive and fun work place
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 11, 2018
I've been working for Columbia University for the past 11 years and have really enjoyed the experience. I've learned so many new things and have met so many wonderful people along the way. I want to continue to work for my department as long as they allow me to do so.
Pros
Access to many perks along the way
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Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Post Doctoral Fellow (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 7, 2018
An excellent place to gain research skills and to write peer reviewed articles in medicine and biology. The laboratories are well equipped and designed for intensive bench work.
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Good place to work depends on the department
Executive Assistant for senior management (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 5, 2018
Currently, a good group of employees to work with. Support to do well depends on the department. Room for growth. Would recommend others to work here.
Pros
Good amount of vacation days
Cons
Medical benefits are very expensive
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Great stuff members, everyone works as a team
Laboratory Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 28, 2018
Great stuff members, everyone works as a team. Given an opportunity to grow within the company. Free Coffee is provided onsite. Learn new things everyday.
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