Carnegie Mellon University Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Top tier computer science school (in 21 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work-life balance is really dis-balanced that you need to have good time management skills to be succesful (in 10 reviews)

  • Too much work load, some professors with bad personality (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Engineering Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent facilities, helpful faculty, unique opportunities after graduation

    Cons

    Excessive workload, most people lack a strong work-life balance, very competitive and intense

    Advice to Management

    Improved timeliness on exam schedule, better campus housing conditions


  2. Great job and people to work with

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    Current Employee - Course Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Course Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with around you. You can just walk up to someone and there are experts in every field around.

    Cons

    Lots of work to keep up with and hardly any time for yourself. However, you learn a lot !


  3. Smart people all around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of smart people all around. Friendly with a always helping attitude.

    Cons

    Funding situation in some departments is not very stable


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  5. Pittsburgh is Great! This review is not department/program-specific.

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - CMU is a top notch school - Pittsburgh rules - Pittsburgh is not as bad as you think it is - Seriously it's not. It used to be super polluted and majorly run-down, but now it's really nice and not polluted at all. - Lots of cool restaurants and small breweries and cool neighborhoods - Cheap rent! - "Seasons"!

    Cons

    Genuinely no cons. If you're gonna do grad school, CMU, in Pittsburgh, is a fantastic place to go.


  6. Great School

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant and supportive mentors, high pay, low cost of living

    Cons

    Not the most bustling city


  7. Not bad

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really good collaborators and advisors. Could learn a lot of stuff!

    Cons

    But there was just too much work!


  8. Intern Experience

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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work! One of the best places to do research!

    Cons

    No as such! Everything was good


  9. Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time

    Pros

    Great facilities for research, classes, and recreation. Many career fairs to support future employment opportunities. Pittsburgh is a very nice location.

    Cons

    They are currently doing a lot of construction on campus, which will be beneficial in the future, but right now it is inconvenient.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great - I have had no problems since joining Carnegie Mellon University a few years ago.


  10. Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University part-time

    Pros

    Professors are nice and kind. Learn a lot from them. Also, you get paid a lot.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload is too much.


  11. CMU is a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Lots of interdisciplinary research possible 2. Excellent industrial collaboration track record 3. Pittsburgh is an excellent city to live in

    Cons

    1. Nanofabrication facility has to be improved for infrastructure-dependent research



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