Cornell University
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www.hr.cornell.edu Ithaca, NY 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 3, 2014
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4.1 312 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

Cornell University President David J. Skorton

David J. Skorton

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90% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Staff member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsInspiring mission and research; laid-back work environment; scenic and progressive community - great place for families

    ConsUniversity organization is confusing and bureaucracy can be frustrating; location is a bit isolated for city lovers; cost of living higher than it should be, with disappointing medical options (be prepared to go an hour to Syracuse, Binghamton or Elmira for any specialist care, or even a pediatric dentist.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cornell University - IT Contractor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent place to work, lots of interesting people to meet and work with. Compensation was adequate, and work-life balance was well maintained. Even though I was a contractor, I still felt very much like a full-fledged member of the staff.

    ConsThe contract firm that I was working through is horrible. Late paychecks due to clerical errors, no support from the account managers, and no effort for improving, or attempting to get me hired on full-time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't leave contractors on long term - very bad for moral.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good!

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsWell paying, good supervision, healthy environment

    ConsNot enough guidance in job

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    Overall an admirable place.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany quite wonderful people (students, faculty, staff). Sprawling enterprise that defies easy characterization. There's always new things to learn.

    ConsBureaucracy. Weather. Prices. Knee-jerk leftism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide formal management training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience, brilliant co-workers, and easy-going friendly advisor

    GIS Research Assistant (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat environment, good compensation, experience working with external clients

    ConsLong work hours, and not enough guidance and supervision sometimes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research has been exciting, and the community is very vibrant so after research time is also fun.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsCommunity is lovely - both Ithaca and the campus community. Lots of activities and clubs to get involved in if you want. Compensation is good at Cornell compared to other universities. The flu season gets crazy but otherwise, the campus healthcare is good.

    I'm satisfied with the research environment.

    ConsBeing a grad student is tough. Sometimes your advisor may not have your best interests in mind and it is very hard to challenge that because there is no organized 'grievance' committee that is ACCESSIBLE to all students. The director of graduate studies is supposed to do this but I see that he/she fails because they don't take the job seriously, and the title is given on a rotation basis rather than on merit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe best interests of grad students are never in the mind of advisors, thesis committees, or department programs as a whole. I feel that sometimes the politics between faculty in the department is detrimental to students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent working place for research.

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsHas excellent atmosphere and resources. Quite place to live. The staff is friendly and polite. Depending on your style of life Ithaca can either be charming or boring place to stay. But people do come back to this town. Plus 30000 students creates nice atmosphere and some extra possibilities for business.

    ConsYour work strongly depends on academic funding which affects mostly all domains. Some jobs can sustain few years, while others can live longer. Working in academic environment can be relaxed, but at the same time requires you to remember about real world.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ithaca is gorges

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCornell is an amazing place with amazing people. Everyone is extremely talented, students and coworkers and professors alike. In my case, I also got outstanding financial aid.

    ConsIthaca is a great place, but after a few years it starts to feel a little suffocating. That said, it has amazing waterfalls and is a stunning campus, but I definitely would like to relocate after my student career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Minimum hassle

    Dining Worker (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking here was easy, convenient. Everything was clean cut. People at work were friendly and helpful.

    ConsPay was somewhat low. Limited employment opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    Prospay on time. interaction with students. summer TA isn't always available depending on enrollment. cornell is a beautiful place in summner.

    Conshave to perform fifteen to twenty hours per week. also need to conduct research at the same time. your advisor wont ask less from you because you are a TA.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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