Carnegie Mellon University Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
282 Reviews

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Pros
  • Best place for someone who majored in a related field of computer science (in 19 reviews)

  • Smart people, great opportunity to learn best practices, excellent robotics talent (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Be prepared for lots of work - and ready to forget work-life balance :) (in 8 reviews)

  • Demanding in terms of work load (in 8 reviews)

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    graduate research assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    excellent environment, friendly colleagues. great opportunity to learn

    Cons

    There are really nothing that I can think of

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    Top tech academy place

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really nice place with top world researchers very friendly and open for discussion. CMU is a place where you will learn a lot but also will inspire you with dozens of talks with people all around the world and access to tones of information and contacts.

    Cons

    Very competitive people, specially students. Researchers and professors are more relax.

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    Better places for social life.

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    Best Place for Computer Science Research

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome place for computer science research, great people to work with.

    Cons

    The winters in Pittsburgh are cold !!

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    International and well-known university in Pittsburgh

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

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Experience depends a lot on the research group, different groups and departments have very different views

    Cons

    It might be helpful if the clusters were better managed, and the campus wouldn't hurt from expanding a little bit

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    Great for faculty; not so much for administrators

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some great faculty at CMU; interesting research going on there.

    Cons

    Woefully understaffed administration and very in-bred. Needs new blood from outside Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

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    Need to add some true diversity (of viewpoint) to the administration.

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    PhD student experience

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Obviously, the experience is highly dependent on your academic advisor. The ECE stipend is fairly generous. CMU classes are generally very well taught. I worked on research funded by DARPA; the research work at CMU, in general, is state-of-the-art. You'll meet some of the smartest people on earth.

    Cons

    My office was disgusting, dirty, and the building was infested with roaches. I know we're just grad students, but the work environment was practically unacceptable. I typically would work from home, coffee shops, etc. There aren't many good places to eat on campus. My lab was small (only 3 students), so this detracted from the social experience of grad student life, but again, this depends on one's advisor.

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    My particular advisor was unorganized, forgetful, and aloof. He is somewhat old (65); it's probably best to find a younger academic advisor that isn't "worn out" yet.

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    Good experience working with a tightly knit team.

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    Current Employee - Website Developer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Website Developer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Chances to talk and network with a lot of people from different fields. Good work-life balance for staff.

    Cons

    Being an educational institution, salaries might not be as competitive as industry.

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    Great place to do research

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Passionate faculty and students. Shared an office with 3 grad students who I occasionally went to lunch with and were good to chat with between my research. Advisor who I worked under was extremely nice and accommodating whenever I needed help.

    Cons

    As an undergrad researcher, it was a bit of a transition coming into a grad-school like environment. They are really focused on their research here, so make sure that you are into it too.

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    CMU ECE postdoc experience is enriching and challenging

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

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of collaboration and leadership opportunities
    Work with some of the smartest people
    Pittsburgh is nice city
    Good salary for a postdoc position

    Cons

    Can be challenging if you do not do you homework before being hired to exactly understand what is expected

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    Good university, competitive environment

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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 part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great atmosphere for study and research

    Cons

    too much peer pressure, and less personal life time

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    N/A

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