Cornell University Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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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. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    supportive environment, great colleagues, beautiful summers and great benefits. There is a large population with lots of opportunities and a lot of diversity.

    Cons

    Sometimes the size of campus is so big that it is easy to get lost in the place. Weather can be a bit rough and at times there has been an emphasis on building of new buildings and less on supporting existing staff

    Advice to Management

    Always keep your people as the first priority -- in doing so it provides a happier work space for employees who will better represent and care for university.

  2. Graduate Student

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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

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart and talented people, collaborative environment, professors (at least in my department) generally cared about the well-being of their students, interesting research. Summers weren't bad, small town charm.

    Cons

    Cold and long winters, stormy, muggy in the summer. Work load could get tough depending on your adviser. Not much to do in terms of entertainment like bars, clubs, museums, cultural venues etc. unless you get creative or just enjoy chilling out in the woods. Student body seemed homogeneous. Entitled undergrads.

  3. It has been pretty good. Learning and liking what I do.

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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

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

    Pros

    working with the best minds.

    Cons

    stipend values should be more competitive.

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  5. Part-time employee

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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

    Excellent colleagues - incredible research and subject expertise. Terrific energy around entrepreneurship, sustainability and work life balance

    Cons

    Challenging parking - busy campus with significant construction making accessibility to certain parts of campus challenging

  6. PhD Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Lot of great support staff. unique colleges and programs of study. Wonderful alumni network--greatest asset.

    Cons

    Lack of Diversity. Difficult to find services (think grocery stores, restaurant, salons,etcs) for ethnic communities. Difficult to travel. you're trapped in the winter and trapped all year around if you don't have a car.

    Advice to Management

    better health/dental insurance for graduate students commensurate with other employees on campus

  7. Internet Technology associate

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Cornell University as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, great atmosphere and people to work with

    Cons

    None whatsoever three four five

    Advice to Management

    Have more people in hiring department.

  8. Great place to work with many opportunities and benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff are helpful and friendly. There is a professional atmosphere. Benefits are nice. Being a college campus, there are always various events going on which you can attend.

    Cons

    The winter is very long, dark and cold. The area is also very hilly which makes getting around a little more inconvenient.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice for the management. They are doing a fine job. They have been helpful, courteous, and professional.

  9. Nice place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Caring professor in the work place

    Cons

    Limited income but nice as a student

  10. Cornell is an extremely well run university. Much respect is shown to everyone in the Cornell community...

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University

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

    Pros

    idyllic location, respect for employees, integrity in all dealings. One of the best universities in the country to work at if you are over 50 years old.

    Cons

    Cornell is in upstate ny where the winters are long and hard. Ithaca and Cornell are very liberal communities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make Cornell the best employer in the world of universities. Pay bonuses to staff who deserve them.

  11. Excellent place to work, even as a student

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    We had a very flexible work schedule, so I could set my own schedule each week. I liked my supervisor and the work I was doing.

    Cons

    The timecards are submitted mid week each week which makes planning out hours strange trying to stay below the maximum I was allowed to work each week.

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