Cornell University Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Supportive Environment

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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

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    Pros

    The graduate stipend is very competitive among other major engineering schools. My department is very supportive and goes out of its way to provide a balanced experience for students. The programs at Cornell are very individualized so you are not saddled with the burden of having to take unnecessary classes just to pass comps.

    Cons

    The weather is a big downside, as is its location in rural upstate New York. The individualized programs mean that you have to be very proactive in seeking out what you need. Everything is decentralized meaning that it can be very difficult to figure out who to talk to regarding a particular issue.

    Advice to Management

    Try to centralize the infrastructure, in particular the computing resources.


  2. Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University

    Recommends
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    Pros

    If you're a student there are ample opportunities to find fairly well paying jobs with an incredible amount of flexibility.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to manage school work with actual employment. More of an issue for students from low income households though.

    Advice to Management

    More resources to actual full-time employees. Also give more ways to subsidize pay for students. Many offices won't hire students unless they are Work Study


  3. Great Employer

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

    I have been working at Cornell University

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    Pros

    Cornell University provides excellent benefits to faculty and staff, including good retirement plan options and pretty decent health insurance coverage. Salaries are good (especially given the cost of living in the area).

    Cons

    Ithaca is in the middle of nowhere. If you place any value of having access to good shopping and an active dating scene, Ithaca is not the place for you. However, it is a good city for raising a family.

    Advice to Management

    Cornell should interact with the local community more, especially on housing and transportation issues. However, the town-gown relationship in Ithaca is markedly better than in many other small college towns.


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

    I have been working at Cornell University

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    Pros

    The cornell university will give you all the resources you need to complete your own research, not to mention the prestege that comes with it

    Cons

    Although It is an ivy league school, the pay is not what you would expect for your ability or experience.

    Advice to Management

    If your ultimate goal is to become a professor, it is not the best bet you can take. The people here are very competitive


  6. Teaching Assistant at Cornell

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

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Recommends
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    Pros

    Incredible work / life balance. Very competitive pay in comparison to peer institutions. Low cost of living. Ithaca in the summer is nice.

    Cons

    Ithaca in the winter is not nice. Very remote. Bureaucracy has become very bad over the last five years. Parking sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Charge less than $700 for a parking permit. Do NOT skimp on administration -- it's been pared down to below an acceptable level.


  7. Professional researcher

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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

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    Pros

    It is an international leading university with nice and quiet environment for people who really want to learn something useful in their life.

    Cons

    For people working at Cornell, it is really comfortable without too intense pressures. More important, Cornell University treats them pretty well if they recruit them.


  8. Great place to do a PhD. The compensation is comfortable for living in Ithaca. Great working environment

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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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Pros

    -everyone is willing to collaborate and help each other better their research -lots of opportunities to apply for grants and fellowship for extra money -fun events and activities that include graduate students -opportunity to network with important people in various fields

    Cons

    -this town is an ice hole in NY state -difficult to mingle with the locals -the bus system is abysmal -if you have to drive for more than 10 minutes to a place, you know you're in the woods


  9. very educative and hands-on experience

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    educative and hands on manufacturing experience

    Cons

    sometimes people don complete their tasks on time


  10. Helpful (1)

    A dream job for academics, and a lot of bang for your buck.

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor, College of Engineering in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Professor, College of Engineering in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Recommends
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    Pros

    Among the top engineering schools in the country, Cornell as a member of the Ivy League is a place where the University mission does not sacrifice any of the major pillars of a world-class university: (1) -all- areas of study are important to the University's mission; (2) high-quality research -and- teaching (both grad and undergrad) are both important to the University's mission. Salary and benefits are very good, especially considering the cost of living.

    Cons

    Location a bit remote from major cities. Health care substandard (ironically, Cornell is a medicine powerhouse in NYC). State, property, and school taxes are steep.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for Ithaca employees to use New York Presbyterian/HSS/Sloan-Kettering facilities in terms of insurance, discounted lodging for short-term medical-related NYC stays, etc. That some Cornell doctors won't take Cornell insurance is unacceptable.


  11. It is intense but enjoyable

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

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Recommends
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    Pros

    It is a famous academic institution with great faculty members. We have a great deal of resources available to do research and job search.

    Cons

    The study here is quite stressful. Course work is very intense. And I also need to do research or TA duties aside that.

    Advice to Management

    If they could really provide more support for students that are under extraordinary pressure instead of just putting fence on the bridge.



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