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. Graduate Research Assitant

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2. Work and study

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great University

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Excellent working 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 (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Peer Tutor

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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

    Pros

    Management is ready to listen to your problems

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to get timings that you want

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. PhD Student in Statistics

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    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Contractor - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting interdisciplinary environment. Top-level Statistics and Machine Learning programs and classes. Salary for PhD students is reasonable (living in Pittsburgh PA is not too expensive fortunately).

    Cons

    For a PhD student at CMU the workload can be very heavy. Striking a good balance between making progress in your own research and being a course assistant can be often challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great job and great environment.

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    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator
    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people I work with and function of my department. Additionally, the head of the school is a wonderful person who fully understands the importance of work-life balance.

    Cons

    There is a lot of weekend work and travel at the beginning of each calendar year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Good experience, poor logistics.

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Teaching students the material is fulfilling, and helps me to be more aware of how to communicate to others and explain things in different ways to cater to different learning styles.

    Cons

    I have been working for over half of the semester and I am still not set up with payroll. Grading exams is very time consuming, and inconvenient during weeks with other coursework.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensuring that TA's get on payroll in a timely fashion will make people more willing to take on TA positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 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
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good place to study MBA

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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)

    Pros

    Great MBA program with large network and cool alum.

    Cons

    Not great track for Phd hiring in recent years. good steps have been taken recently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research education for PhDs should be administered more seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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