Cornell University

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Cornell University Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
385 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most department have a really good work / life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits including educational and wellness opportunities (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Ithaca is cold and is in the middle of nowhere (in 8 reviews)

  • Small town and in which when the school lets out gets even smaller (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    A very positive, fun, forward-thinking group with an amazing work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst II in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great connections to the business world.
    Fun atmosphere.
    Friendly people.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have any. It's a really great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    High Stress Low Pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for travel and chances to meet some very influential people

    Cons

    Short Staffed, budget cut, at mercy of funders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions, and personal growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good for what the job is

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cornell offers security in the job and good benefits while you are employed.

    Cons

    The salary is not sufficient for a life in Manhattan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    pleasent work place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Cornell University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My work and ability were appreciated

    Cons

    My salary was too low as the lab technician and main can contributor for critical experiments and postdoc training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    pros cons

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    its a great place to be

    Cons

    It is in the middle of nowhere

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Aid in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Aid in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Have had my ups and downs with management, but overall a respectful and professional place.

    Cons

    Most processes are antiquated, and change has yet to come. Some departments still work in a mode that does not realize the student comes first. A new direction is needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to grow professionally

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -A lot of opportunities to move up within the University
    -Lots of training/learning opportunities
    -Great educational benefits

    Cons

    -Subject to the same bureaucracy that is found in most educational institutions
    -HR's job descriptions aren't always representative of what you're job will actually be, need to upgrade their career track designs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put a limit on how fast an employee can advance. Merit based increases should have more weight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good stepping stone

    Former Employee - Research Technician I in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Technician I in New York, NY

    I worked at Cornell University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers, reasonable pay for the job requirements. Provides domestic partner health benefits.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, expensive neighborhood

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, very interesting and exciting place to work but with some areas of major frustration

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Leading academic institution -our students, faculty and alumni are the best there is.
    Very good benefits
    Very rewarding to work at a place that is literally changing the world for the better

    Cons

    Higher education = a lot of bureaucracy and red tape
    Not as innovative or entrepreneurial as you would think
    Very slow to make change
    Pay is very good in Ithaca but well below market in other cities (NY, CA, DC, etc)
    Not enough "new blood" in leadership. Most people have been here their whole careers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognition and rewarding hard work of employees
    Better pay for those outside Ithaca
    Leverage right people's strengths for specific roles

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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