Carnegie Mellon University Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Great University but requires a lot of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities and great resources

    Cons

    Not a great social environment

    Advice to Management

    Seems to be going in a good direction

  2. Helpful (1)

    Experience is part of your compensation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist/Researcher in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Scientist/Researcher in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with brilliant people developing cutting edge technologies, often 10+ years on the horizon. It's easy to advance within the university. Excellent benefits, tremendous access to education, resources and brilliant advice. Employees can take classes! It's easy to inspire incredibly capable students to work on projects with you. A great place to learn about the state of the art before founding a startup (and for meeting co-founders)! Staff members are able to license tech IP they develop from the university and create spin-off companies for commercialization.

    Cons

    Academia is bureaucratic. Consider than 50% of your compensation is the experience and adjust your finances accordingly (this does not hold true for full faculty). Work/Life balance is weird... some work 9-5 on the dot, others live like it's a startup. Know your position's expectations ahead of time. Leaving the academic bubble is shocking... finding out that tech is 10 years behind where you thought it was and trying to communicate your expectations for commercial technology is tough. Tech Transfer has an "East Coast" mentality to licensing IP to startups. You may be founding a company in the SF Bay Area, but CMU is going to act like you're in Boston.

    Advice to Management

    Get in line and make friends with admin staff. Respect the bureaucracy. Everything is slow and there's no way to change that. If someone hands you a check, It doesn't matter if it's $1 million or $100, don't expect to have access to that money for at least a month.

  3. RA position experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    it's quite flexible in terms of time. Also you can learn really a lot from the professors.

    Cons

    The depth of the research maybe is not as good as the Phd student. Also, the pay is ok but cannot compare to the industry.

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  5. Graduate Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a wide variety of people who see problems differently and who can help you develop very broad skills and grow as a professional. The professors are very knowledgeable and open with their students. Working at CMU is a great opportunity to learn and find what you are really interested in.

    Cons

    You have to work really hard. If you love what you do, that's not really so bad. However, it isn't all roses. There are high expectations for CMU grad students, and they are closely monitored to ensure adequate progress

    Advice to Management

    It's great to be surrounded by brilliant people with different outlooks, and it is important to ensure that everyone is pulling their weight. However, this can create a very high stress environment, so there should be help for students coping with that.

  6. Great place for PhD

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with the brightest minds in the field

    Cons

    Long work hours, Competitive, Lot of self-discipline required.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to improve accommodation options for grad students. Better sports/fitness facilities.

  7. Work and study

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I loved how I could work under Professors' supervision, who are one of the best in their area. Also, time management was flexible.

    Cons

    It all really depends on who your supervisor is. Some people have too much work to study while working.

    Advice to Management

    Have more systematic work schedule - I think this will help a lot of students who do work-study.

  8. Great University

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to entrepreneurship, positive atmosphere

    Cons

    Some profs think they're superior due to their title. That said, many profs here are very down to Earth.

    Advice to Management

    Provide career opportunities to students pursuing fields other than computer / software / electrical engineering.

  9. Helpful (1)

    University Advancement-great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are passionate and dedicated. Great benefits, especially for tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    It is very hierarchical and bureaucratic as well as decentralized. Communication is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your staff accountable and get comfortable with having difficult conversations.

  10. student

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good professor and classmate ,heavy work load

    Cons

    small campus,bad taste of food

  11. Excellent working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation and very close to the pittsburgh city center. The umpteem number of development programs help both students and employees gain professional expertise.

    Cons

    As with any other university, the salary is low. Also parking is a huge issue. The flip side of being close to the city means there is very little parking space available.

    Advice to Management

    Let's increase the number of floors in each garage so as to add 1000 more parking spots. This would allow both employees and the students park conveniently.

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