Cornell University Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
326 Reviews

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326 Reviews
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Cornell University President David J. Skorton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Compensation was adequate, and work-life balance was well maintained (in 9 reviews)

  • Great place for student to make connections (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Ithaca is cold and is 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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  1.  

    A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I've found the working environment at Cornell to be friendly and engaging. It also offers great benefits.

    Cons

    Ithaca is somewhat remote. Lecturer positions don't pay a great deal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    active, collaborative

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    active working environment, collaborative team

    Cons

    remote location limits academic resource exchange

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Resident advisor

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor  in  Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They care about your wellbeing as a student and help you maintain a healthy balance between work and school. They teach you skills such as how to promote mental health and how to organize programs.

    Cons

    The workload can be overwhelming at first. Each residence hall is unique, and training cannot prepare you for every possible scenario. You may encounter some problems that you did not expect, but other people are more than willing to help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please communicate expectations regularly. Frequent progress reports or informal feedback would help people do their job better and help people avoid disciplinary action for poor work performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most department have a really good work / life balance. The salaries are ok, but Ithaca is cheap. The personnel is very friendly.

    Cons

    Some departments use graduate students as cheap labor. Ithaca is extremely isolate from the rest of the world, and it has a really college town feeling to it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, very good place to work and live

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are so many interesting people doing fascinating research ... this is a stimulating environment to work in. And the benefits are very good. The location is great if you don't want to work in a large city. There's plenty of open space to hike, bike, etc. but you also have access to exceptional restaurants in Ithaca (home of Cornell's School of Hotel Administration). And the Finger Lakes are beautiful, lots of vineyards.

    Cons

    With the recent recession, things are still tight and there are less people to do more work. Depending on the department you're in, there could be a fairly high level of stress. Salaries tend to be low (but remember, benefits are good).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the Hal D. Craft Leadership Program (that Cornell offers). You need to understand that there are many different types of leadership styles ... don't write off the "quieter" servant-style.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It has a very rewarding and growth-nurturing working environment for students; The professors there are very nice

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

    I worked at Cornell University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Very nice physical working environment (water and air); much time under personal control; student benefits are great

    Cons

    Program location is remote from big cities. Travel not very convenient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    great experience, worked with smart people, learned a lot

    Cons

    Temperature get drops significantly during winter

  9.  

    Cornell is an excellent organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Communications Specialist  in  Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to learn new skills, living the "academic life," commitment to diversity, great perks, great team environment, tight-knit community, great place for working families.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth, less opportunities for managing people (which would lead to personal growth), funding is sometimes a problem for certain offices to stay staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth comes at a price, consider adding resources to cover the growth to help retain your best staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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

    I worked at Cornell University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I was in ECE department so my review is only for this department.
    -Very decent stipend compared to other schools.
    -Interdisciplinary research opportunities.
    -Scenic campus, a lot of water falls and physical education classes to learn interesting sports.
    -fun college town
    -Department pays for health insurance - very few schools do that these days.

    Cons

    Few people complain about the weather but there are others who love Ithaca because of its weather.
    Because of its location, sometimes it gets depressing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Repeat best place to work!

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's easy to get promoted, the staff and students are friendly, and there are lots of benefits (maternity, paternity, retirement, etc.). Plus, the Ithaca area is very health-conscious, facilitating your own health.

    Cons

    We are ~1h from all major highways, making travel in- and out- of Ithaca somewhat of a pain.
    "Ithacating" is a form of weather characterized by random bouts of rain, snow, sleet, and slush. However, it's absolutely gorges (pun intended) most other times!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less red tape, but you're otherwise doing a great job. We're sad to see you go Dr. Skorton!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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