Carnegie Mellon University

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Carnegie Mellon University Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
213 Reviews
4.3
213 Reviews
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Pros
  • Best place for someone who majored in a related field of computer science (in 21 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance for certain departments (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on your boss, the work/life balance can also be painful at times (in 10 reviews)

  • Demanding in terms of work load (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Always a great work study position

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    Current Employee - Computer Cluster Monitor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Computer Cluster Monitor in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, environment, and flexible hours for amazing pay. Management was respectful, helpful for future career opportunities, and understanding of education restrictions on working.

    Cons

    Not very many. The work can be somewhat mindless, and at times you can interact with some difficult or rude students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. This position kept me fed in my undergraduate years and helped keep my resume full for my final semesters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    working in the department of architecture

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University

    Pros

    friendly co-workers
    flexible schedule that based on employees'

    Cons

    more pay would be better
    better and more organized plan would be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much to ask for. keep it going

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for a researcher

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University

    Pros

    Excellent environment. Dynamic, interdisciplinary, full of world-class experts in many areas and great facilities.

    Cons

    No cons. Work-life balance could be better, though.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great benefits, positive environment

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great for part-time staff

    Cons

    Parking is horrible. With your CMU id you are able to ride the Pittsburgh public buses for free but the costs to park if that does not work for you are outrageous. Not really CMU's fault though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great work life balance in certain circles.

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    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Front End Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Work, life balance. Challenging work environment, and always improving in the feild.

    Cons

    Red tape, extremely slow moving when dealing with higher level projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at making process decision trees more efficent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of opportunities to connect.

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University

    Pros

    The structure at CMU is horizontal, which means that almost everyone there is approachable and friendly. The time off is generous, and schedules usually mirror those of the students. Professors also take plenty of time off, which means that when they're on holiday the workload slows down significantly.

    Cons

    It can be frustrating to deal with university politics, and the HR department is rather slow at getting things done. It took some time to get paychecks started and unused vacation days to be redeemed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great first employment experience with CMU.

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    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and very flexible working hours. John, the peer tutor coordinator is very friendly and easy to talk to. Also a great way to meet great colleagues.

    Cons

    I cannot think any downsides working as a peer tutor. It has overall been an excellent experience for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    It is a great experience!

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University

    Pros

    You get to learn a lot, because of the courses and the teachers.

    Cons

    Nothing that i can think of, unless you are not committed it will be hard to cope up.

  10.  

    Service Project in CEE

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    Former Employee - Course Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Course Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University

    Pros

    A large amount of money considering what I was actually doing. This is more like assistance instead of a part-time job.

    Cons

    You cannot learn much from being a grader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place for research

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Plethora of amazing opportunities to learn and do research, much more for the PhD students than MS students.

    Cons

    Very expensive, less student employment opportunities for MS students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ MS students more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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