Cornell University
4.1 of 5 312 reviews
www.hr.cornell.edu Ithaca, NY 5000+ Employees

Cornell University Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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4.1 312 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

Cornell University President David J. Skorton

David J. Skorton

(145 ratings)

90% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Personally, I find the work-life balance great and I love it there"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Great place for student to make connections"
    in 13 reviews
Cons:
  • "too far from many things as the place in in the middle of nowhere"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Location is not convenient, less job opportunities than big cities"
    in 9 reviews
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    Wonderful Place to Work for

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    Pros1. Cornell University has Great Benefits system and pension
    2. They care a lot about health and workplace issue
    3. The pay is very decent
    4. Free Bus Ride in Tompkins County
    5. Very supportive of career development
    6. Coworkers are very professional and nice

    ConsOffice politics are still existing. Some departments might have to struggle. The snow in Ithaca can be bad in the winter.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great campus job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHighest starting hourly wage on campus

    Conscall during prime working hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cornell University - IT Contractor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent place to work, lots of interesting people to meet and work with. Compensation was adequate, and work-life balance was well maintained. Even though I was a contractor, I still felt very much like a full-fledged member of the staff.

    ConsThe contract firm that I was working through is horrible. Late paychecks due to clerical errors, no support from the account managers, and no effort for improving, or attempting to get me hired on full-time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't leave contractors on long term - very bad for moral.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsFantastic professional experience. Great research and freedom. Lots of collaboration & openness between different research groups. Administrative staff are friendly and effective.

    ConsIthaca is a quiet town; not much going on socially. That said it's very safe and full of natural beauty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Staff member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsInspiring mission and research; laid-back work environment; scenic and progressive community - great place for families

    ConsUniversity organization is confusing and bureaucracy can be frustrating; location is a bit isolated for city lovers; cost of living higher than it should be, with disappointing medical options (be prepared to go an hour to Syracuse, Binghamton or Elmira for any specialist care, or even a pediatric dentist.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PhD student

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat quality, good reputation of the university

    Conshigh quality research and classes

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    Good!

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsWell paying, good supervision, healthy environment

    ConsNot enough guidance in job

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    Overall an admirable place.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany quite wonderful people (students, faculty, staff). Sprawling enterprise that defies easy characterization. There's always new things to learn.

    ConsBureaucracy. Weather. Prices. Knee-jerk leftism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide formal management training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience, brilliant co-workers, and easy-going friendly advisor

    GIS Research Assistant (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat environment, good compensation, experience working with external clients

    ConsLong work hours, and not enough guidance and supervision sometimes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research has been exciting, and the community is very vibrant so after research time is also fun.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Ithaca, NY

    ProsCommunity is lovely - both Ithaca and the campus community. Lots of activities and clubs to get involved in if you want. Compensation is good at Cornell compared to other universities. The flu season gets crazy but otherwise, the campus healthcare is good.

    I'm satisfied with the research environment.

    ConsBeing a grad student is tough. Sometimes your advisor may not have your best interests in mind and it is very hard to challenge that because there is no organized 'grievance' committee that is ACCESSIBLE to all students. The director of graduate studies is supposed to do this but I see that he/she fails because they don't take the job seriously, and the title is given on a rotation basis rather than on merit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe best interests of grad students are never in the mind of advisors, thesis committees, or department programs as a whole. I feel that sometimes the politics between faculty in the department is detrimental to students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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