Cornell University Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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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. Excellent place to work, even as a student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    We had a very flexible work schedule, so I could set my own schedule each week. I liked my supervisor and the work I was doing.

    Cons

    The timecards are submitted mid week each week which makes planning out hours strange trying to stay below the maximum I was allowed to work each week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Cornell is an extremely well run university. Much respect is shown to everyone in the Cornell community...

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    idyllic location, respect for employees, integrity in all dealings. One of the best universities in the country to work at if you are over 50 years old.

    Cons

    Cornell is in upstate ny where the winters are long and hard. Ithaca and Cornell are very liberal communities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make Cornell the best employer in the world of universities. Pay bonuses to staff who deserve them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. grad student

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    Former Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very good! our Cs facilities were great and it was a great place to learn to do good research. good funding for work and fun.

    Cons

    of course being in Ithaca can be challenging due to the harsh winters. but you figurei to ut, you deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall pretty good, i'm not sure what else could be improved. unless you can chagne the weather and location :) the new tech campus should actually address that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Intern position at CU

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    Former Employee - Intern in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    The staff at CU are so friendly and they are patient with teaching you the systems used daily like PeopleSoft. Everyone works in a similar time frame here so you know you'll be pretty much in by 8:00 AM and out by 4:30 PM.

    Cons

    Since the school is well-known and the town is small, there's not a real drive in some of the staff to go above and beyond since there's strong job security here. That's really not a problem unless you're someone who wants to move up quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Fun jobs as a student

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, but overall fantastic leadership and a very supportive, kind community. I love it here. The community is intelligent and the surroundings are beautiful

    Cons

    There's a large bureaucracy above you at all times, and trying to change or innovate tends to be met with a fair amount of resistance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agile in practices, and make sure that innovation is not quashed. Sometimes the set ways of doing things can get in the way of something that could change your operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Too much management and too little opportunity!

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    Current Employee - Non-Management in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Non-Management in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits are on par with other comparable educational facilities which is very nice. The University also offers flex working hours which will help families that need to be at home in mornings or early afternoons to help young children get on/off the school bus.

    Cons

    Pay scale is below national average, below comparable educational facilities, and below what can be considered as cost of living in this region. Taxes from being in New York State are monstrous and detrimental. Roads fail every winter causing high vehicle maintenance. Winter road salt corrodes your vehicles to a point where they need replacement every 4-7 years. Working for the University and wanting to park on university will cost you for a parking permit beginning at $350 per month. Don't ever park in the wrong place or you will receive a parking ticket beginning at $75 per infraction. No discounts for family of faculty of staff to attend the university. Job related training is reserved for a select few who typically management. Professional organization memberships and training opportunities are discouraged by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAY too many managers and upper management, all cutting costs and the employees who are actually performing the jobs necessary to do anything further than minimally "keeping the lights on." Multiple years of cut budgets low pay raises, releasing of non-management employees, are not a way to keep people happy or functional. This "Ivy League" university may soon face a failure which will put a black mark on the reputation that will survive for decades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Aide in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Research Aide in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Retirement contribution good, healthcare excellent, amazing opportunities for education (I got my MA while working -- for free! and took other classes on the side), flexibility, work-life balance, coworkers/general community full of intellectuals. Obviously it depends on what job you are working for a lot of these things, but I was a research aide (and alumnus). Ithaca is a very reasonably priced place to live.

    Cons

    It's removed from most cities (so con for some, pro for others).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. This was a tremendous learning experience, it exposed me to cultures for which I was unfamiliar previously.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    Working with the residents proved joyous beyond what I could have expected. While this was a diverse population, I learned that all people have the same need.....to be treated with respect and love.

    Cons

    Administration proved that problems which begin at the top are followed throughout the entire company. There was a lack of communication and trust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you would like to be treated. The lack of benefits (not only monetary) but recognition for hard work was never a priority, and should have been. Those working in the nursing home environment work very hard and should receive recognition through benefits.

  10. Great place to stary graduate/ post doc work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice, beautiful place with full of expertise from all major subjects

    Cons

    I do not have any cons about COrnell University

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management team. nice to work with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Excellent Community!

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    Current Employee - Facilities
    Current Employee - Facilities

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    The office culture is very caring and communal. The resources are vast and everyone is eager to help each other!

    Cons

    The complex politics in this large organization understandably slow decision-making and project execution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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