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Pros
  • work / life balance is fantastic (in 11 reviews)

  • great benefits (10% of salary toward 401k by CU (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
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  2. High Stress Low Pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for travel and chances to meet some very influential people

    Cons

    Short Staffed, budget cut, at mercy of funders

    Advice to Management

    Promotions, and personal growth


  3. Good for what the job is

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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


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  5. pros cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    its a great place to be

    Cons

    It is in the middle of nowhere


  6. Good company, good benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. Great place to grow professionally

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  8. 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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, expensive neighborhood


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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