Carnegie Mellon University 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. Diverse and Unique Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 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

    Interdisciplinary work in encouraged and rewarded.

    Cons

    Can occasionally have a bit of an elitist feel.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  2. Helpful (1)

    ok

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All the pros of being on campus; food, weightroom, etc
    Very laid back

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Both no structure and too much bureaucracy
    Campus has bad offices
    Skills not relevant in workforce

  3. Good Place

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

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A great learning environment for education.

    Cons

    The city needs more sun; office could be nicer.

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  5. I was as happy as one could be with a student office assistant position.

    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Student Office Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office staff members were amazing; they were fun, friendly, trusting, and respectful of me as a student worker. I also love getting paid to take a leisurely walk across campus to deliver papers to another department.

    Cons

    The job was very simple. I do wish that I had more responsibility in terms of database management or whatnot, but it's understandable, given my position.

  6. Master Student

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    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great Academic Environment, especially for Computer Science and related areas.

    Cons

    Bad weather. High pressure. The public traffic system needs to improve.

  7. Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the top universities in computer science.
    Have the chance to work with the top scholars among the nation.

    Cons

    Very high pressure working environment.
    International Students can only be paid for 20hr per week but it almost impossible to finish the work in 20hr.

  8. Great University but requires a lot of work

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    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

  9. Associate Professor, tenure-track

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great students, great colleagues, livable city, interdisciplinary, growing

    Cons

    pittsburgh, ineffective staff, conservative politics, defense industry funding, corporate rule

    Advice to Management

    less administrators

  10. Helpful (1)

    Experience is part of your compensation.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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.

  11. RA position experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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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