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Cornell University Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
337 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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    course assistant

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

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

    Pros

    flexible working time. Other than the study group and biweekly meetings have fixed schedule, you can grade the homework totally at your convenience.

    Cons

    Although we might uderstand the concepts thoroughly, sometimes it is not easy to get the students clear about the concept. Involve a lot of thoughts on how to explain, but will get smooth later on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Assistant

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Great collegial environment
    -Excellent faculty and staff support

    Cons

    -Some difficulties if research interests do not match.
    -Sociology of knowledge can be heavy. People tend to stay in clusters. But these are no cons, since that's basically the rule in academia in general

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Increase salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Excellent professors and facilities. Great collaborations

    Cons

    Nothing other than the harsh weather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Peaceful

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

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

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers, peaceful living, and reasonable cost of living

    Cons

    Travel to other cities usually requires multiple legs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Good school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Great value. impressive project work. Smart students and professors.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad about this school. Everyone seems smart and intelligent here.

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    Fun, Laid Back, Great Perks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Getting paid to watch movies is great, and as an employee you get in free to any movie you want. When the movie is playing, you can go in to watch it or just hang out and do homework or whatever. Free popcorn if you want it. The management is pretty nice and it feels like a community.

    Cons

    Unfortunately it seems like the cinema is making less and less money every year. It's heavily subsidized by the university, and there are occasional crises when we're not sure if the funding is going to get cut. The number of shows has dropped from 18/week to maybe 12 on a good week.

    Also, the pay is at or barely above minimum wage for everybody, if that's a worry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Wonderful Place to Work for

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

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

    Pros

    1. 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great campus job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Highest starting hourly wage on campus

    Cons

    call during prime working hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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