Cornell University Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Cornell University President David J. Skorton
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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. Worked at Cornell as a Prof

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University

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

    Pros

    Great place to work; really rewarding to work with the students.

    Cons

    Remote area, not connected to major city hubs

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. PhD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

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

    Pros

    High reputation and smart colleges

    Cons

    Challenging project and intensive work


  3. Student Assistant

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

    I worked at Cornell University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great for students, great to balance your schedule.

    Cons

    Great all great. No cons


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  5. Lecturer at Cornell

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful place to live and a wonderful campus environment.

    Cons

    Too far from Manhattan, and academia can be too slow paced.


  6. Graduate Student

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Decent stipend for graduate students.
    -Engaged and collaborative life science research community.
    -Ithaca area is very nice.

    Cons

    -Graduate students cannot teach classes at Cornell (relevant if you want a primarily teaching position after graduate school).


  7. PhD Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    Bad sometimes too much work


  8. Reseacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    make own hours, very interesting research beign done here

    Cons

    sometimes it gets to be a little slow


  9. grad student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work enviroment, would recommend

    Cons

    Long winters -- not a great night life


  10. A Good Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    The job rarely required me to work at a certain place at a certain time. It was a very flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to balance work responsibilities with academic work. If I did not have a job, I most certainly would have earned higher letter grades.


  11. Great community, but a lot of bureaucracy

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

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people in my department are wonderful to work with, I have good work life balance, and lots of friends from work. There is nothing like being on a university campus for having access to interesting events and like-minded people. I was also able to get a free degree through the employee degree program - definitely a pro given the current cost of masters programs.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is often so complicated that no one really knows how to navigate it. The HR department has not been helpful whenever I have needed their help and there have been some major issues over the years, particularly a missed paycheck and a lapse in benefits without a lapse in employment or a change in position. This leads even senior members of staff to make some errors. For example, my salary did not end up being what I was initially offered and, although I was promised a permanent rather than temporary position, my supervisors were actually unable to make that happen until 6 months in.



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