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Cornell University Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
350 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)

  • a little bit far from big cities (in 10 reviews)

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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 for less than a 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 for more than a 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 for 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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    Cornell University

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Cornell University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good opportunity to gain research experience
    Connection with professors/graduate students

    Cons

    Pays low
    Slow-paced
    The weather can be depressing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great opportunities for students.

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    Current Employee - Cornell University CS Consultant  in  Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Cornell University CS Consultant in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Mindful of student obligations. Professors and other faculty are fantastic resources. Flexible schedule. Once you are in, it is fairly simple to move across positions in different classes and get involved in research.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a bit of lack of organization and communication regarding specific obligations. Although you are part of a professor's staff, you are managed by a student, who may not always provide the most helpful guidelines from the get go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better mentoring for incoming staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern's perspective on Cornell

    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Cornell has a very good resource for research.

    Cons

    The city is quite far from New York City, so sometimes it is not ideally convenient for networking.

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    Rigorous academic environment, but highly grounded in the real world/ job market.

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

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

    Pros

    Great career development though job fairs, career counseling and on-campus recruitment; ability to pursue any interests (academic or non-academic) due to a plethora of elective options and extracurricular clubs; and a great campus, which is fantastic for anyone who wants a "traditional" college experience.

    Cons

    Awful weather - bipolar most of the time
    Stress-inducing environment - in some colleges you can be taking exams almost every week on top of the regular work-load (which is substantial)
    Very expensive - averaging around $60,000 pa

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good place to work

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

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good natural environment, good place to improve myself

    Cons

    cold winter,low pay, no much fun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Research Assitant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    It really depends on your advisor and field. Some advisors are really laid-back and just let their students graduate in 5 years. But generally expect long working hours and no work life balance.

    Cons

    It really depends on your advisor and field. But generally expect long working hours and no work life balance. Everything here at Ithaca is expensive. Just to give you an idea, the food is more expensive than NYC and rent is about two-thirds to half of the rent in NYC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I've found the working environment at Cornell to be friendly and engaging. It also offers great benefits.

    Cons

    Ithaca is somewhat remote. Lecturer positions don't pay a great deal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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