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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
427 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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
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  2.  

    Good place to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Benefits. the pat is bi weekly, student environment, nice staff. people always willing to help and access to geniuses

    Cons

    It's difficult. As a student employee definitely balancing life-work-study. It's ironic working for the same people who put you through "hell"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
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  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Worked as student Study Group Leader for LSC

    Former Employee - Student Study Group Leader
    Former Employee - Student Study Group Leader

    I worked at Cornell University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Training and mentors
    Working alongside driven, hardworking people.
    Get a chance to tutor and help other students.

    Cons

    Some of the training got repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make training more diverse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    professors are smart, so are the students

    Cons

    heavy workload, sometimes feel stressful, you need to deal with the bad weather.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more holidays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    respect for the individual
    great retirement contributions
    good benefits
    wonderful physical plant

    Cons

    no bonus plan
    cold, dreary weather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Being as a teaching assistant working with graduate students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great teaching assistantship and good professor to work with

    Cons

    10hours per week may be a big concern when you are under heavy academic workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good chance to improve your study and get some pocket money as well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Cornell University Environmental Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    Major - Environmental Engineering. Overall a great program with professor experienced in many aspects of environmental engineering. A good foundation of traditional environmental engineering methods and practices.

    Cons

    Little focus on sustainability efforts and renewable energy. Introduction classes very time consuming and appear to serve the function of "weeding out" individuals. Upper level classes much more manageable and interesting.

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