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Cornell University Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
364 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most department have a really good work / life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Great place for student to make connections (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Ithaca is cold and is in the middle of nowhere (in 8 reviews)

  • Small town and in which when the school lets out gets even smaller (in 10 reviews)

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    research assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    Both the undergrads and faculty are smart driven people. A lot of mentorship is available if you know how to find it. work with leaders in their respective fields

    Cons

    You will get sick of the bureaucratic system very quickly. Many faculty members can have egos that are impossible to work with.

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    Cornell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    great working environment and opportunities for continuing education

    Cons

    remote location, slow promotions from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lab Technian

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    Good career advancement opportunities, cornell values learning and growth which makes being one of their employees great if you are looking to expand your knowledge base

    Cons

    Small town and in which when the school lets out gets even smaller. The winter is awful too which doesn't help

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    Good graduate programs in physics/astronomy (relative to others like it)

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High salary relative to cost of living. Good policies that many other comparable programs don't have, like good family leave and medical leave policies. Great health insurance. The committee system is good, and there are ways to be able to go around your adviser if you have a bad one, so that you aren't left isolated and alone in a bad situation. Very, very easy to take classes in any department and collaborate with anyone.

    Cons

    Very high stress. Academia isn't really for me, so I probably had a harder time than some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more obvious to students in physics and astronomy that the job market is currently bad, and make it easier to explore non-academic career options. (This is getting better, though, and Cornell is better at this than many other schools.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Developed public speaking; working in small groups, motivating others, better learning of core concepts. This was overall a very positive experience for a first job.

    Cons

    This is an ivy league school after all and professors may be too self-absorbed an unengaged to care about the quality of their teaching, especially at 101 levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Intellectual Atmosphere

    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great students, great colleagues. Beautiful campus. Easy living. Kid friendly city.Lots of natural beauty all around. Gorges, waterfalls, hiking trails, boating, fishing.

    Cons

    Difficult to get to. Weather can be harsh at times. Parking is a pain. Housing is inexplicably expensive. Statistically speaking, crime is low, but surprisingly frequent.

    Recommends
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    "The campus life at Cornell"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A charming campus with amazingly, beautiful pastoral countryside. A trail runners dream come true! Cornell has a close community of friendly people. A lot of cultural development and much exposure to potential jobs, and important role models. Attend seminars and talks by important people to broaden your outlook on life. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    Ithaca is a small town and often not suited to those individuals who need a busy city life. Its a tough, competitive life if you study here and be prepared to deal with some professors who are not there to help you but are there to have you do their work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (INFO)

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    From my experience, the community of TA's is very friendly and a fun work environment. If you like helping students understand the material and are generally personable, TAing will most likely be an overall positive experience.

    Cons

    Can be unorganized at times. In addition, everyone puts in different amounts of time, which may lead to frustration if you end up feeling like you are working harder than other people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working as an undergrad TA is a good way to keep your skills sharp (both in the course material and in communication), and depending on the course you have flexibility in what hours you work.

    Cons

    You don't earn any more than other FWS type jobs here. There isn't very much preparation on the educational aspects going into the job, though they have been trying to rectify this by starting a consultant/TA training session.

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    Undergrad studying Information Science in Engineering

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The program is very comprehensive and definitely keeps you busy. There are a lot of opportunities on campus as this is a very famous university.

    Cons

    The environment is extremely high strung. Everyone feels like they need to be the best at whatever they do and are willing to do anything to get there. The Engineering curriculum is not very flexible in the classes you can take, and there is almost no time to take classes for fun if you came without AP credit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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