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Carnegie Mellon University Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
305 Reviews
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Pros
  • Best place for someone who majored in a related field of computer science (in 20 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 9 reviews)

  • Demanding in terms of work load (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    I work as a course assistant at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science

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

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

    Pros

    I love the class that I teach, the great atmosphere among the staff, and seeing the students grow as they go through our class.

    Cons

    CAing a class takes a lot of time.

    Recommends
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    great place to be a graduate student

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Many academic events, invited talks, and outreach programs to get involved in. great teachers/professors to learn from. graduate stipend is reasonable, but not lavish.

    Cons

    health insurance situation is rather bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide better health insurance to your most vulnerable population.

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    CMU is a great place to work, and I've been very fortunate to work for and with some great people here. The culture is great and the life-work balance is excellent.

    Cons

    You don't get paid as much as you would in industry.

    Recommends
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    TAing doesn't pay well but is a great learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, great facilities, Pittsburgh's a surprisingly nice town. Everything on campus is close together and it's easy to live within walking distance.

    Cons

    Pittsburgh weather is terrible. Some students have hygiene and social problems. No snow days and few holidays.

    Recommends
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    Great and stimulating 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great and stimulating environment to be in

    Cons

    Depending on where you are, a lot can be expected of you

    Recommends
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    Good Place to Learn!!

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Good Resources for research

    Cons

    Compensation is minimal, which is understandable as it is an University

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    research assistant

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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 a year

    Pros

    the organization is very professional and the working atmosphere is good there. The payment is fine for a graduate student working there as a research assistant.

    Cons

    the work is usually time-consuming and the work load is sort of heavy there, especially for full-time graduate students who have extremely tight course schedule for every mini semester. you have to have a better understanding of your self before applying for any positions like this, otherwise you will live in the hell.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Collaboration and entrepreneurship are encouraged,if you can overcome departmental silos.

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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

    It is true that collaboration is easy and encouraged here, although few stray from the bounds of their departments when looking for researchers. The research climate in this way is very positive.

    Cons

    Be careful of what part of the university you become involved with depending on what your goals are. Although it's easy to collaborate once you find people, it can be challenging to find out what is going on elsewhere on campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    RA

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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 a year

    Pros

    Good environment, colleagues, advisors and resources

    Cons

    long hour, no good life and work balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  11.  

    Alright but could be a lot better

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

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

    Pros

    Meet a lot of people - some of which will rule the world.

    Cons

    Resident assistant salary doesn't even cover housing. RA is paid with salary, rather than discounted from the housing fee, so even though it looks like it covers 3/4 of the housing fee, after taxes it covers a lot less.

    A lot of fellow RAs are pretentious about how they think you should do your job, instead of focusing on the point of helping freshmen adjust to college life. Supervisors will tell you to "be a good RA" but actually mean they want you to spend your whole semester changing the decorations in the halls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either discount housing prices, or make it free room and board. Make the RA family less of a decorating committee, but one that rewards based on outcome of the residents.

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