Cornell University Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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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. I was a student employee working in IT (at the ATC).

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    Current Employee - Student Technology Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Student Technology Assistant in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and professional. Occasionally I could do homework while waiting for projects. Lenient dress code. Appreciation for our work from faculty and coworkers. Very convenient location and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Hourly shifts, absences and lateness are taken quite seriously, not always ideal for hectic campus life. They pay is low considering our skillset.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let "the customer is always right" get in the way of reason. Sometimes we took on projects for free that cost us thousands in man-hours.


  2. An amazing place for a few years of dedicated work

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cornell University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - access to some of the most brilliant people you will ever work with - a dynamic intellectual environment - frequently in close proximity to any number of visiting scholars, entrepreneurs, artists and others doing evocative work.

    Cons

    - often myopic view of how far into society such privileged conversations actually flow. - true lack of understanding how intimately academia and industry need one another.

    Advice to Management

    Open an interdisciplinary site in major metropolitan areas (NYC, Philly, LA, Toronto, Montreal...etc.) where all disciplines are invited to spend time, workshop, create in studio spaces, collaborate and consider the larger implications of their work outside of the structured spatial experience of the academy.


  3. Cornell University Stable Isotope Laboratory (COIL)

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cornell University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked in this lab for three years as a student and had a great experience. My boss was fantastic and became a great friend as well as coworker. The hours were very flexible which was great for me as a student.

    Cons

    I did not have any complaints about working for this company. Great place for student workers as they pursue their academic careers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the same things you're currently doing. It seems to work well and it made a large impact on my 4 years at Cornell.


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  5. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great honour to work with most famous professors, and apply your multidisciplinary knowledge to help students

    Cons

    It is definitely a suffer in Winter, as the temperature can be as low as minus 40 degree C

    Advice to Management

    The management should have developed brief training programs for teaching assistants. It would be more responsible for students as well.


  6. Grad Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, talented and smart people willing to foster cross-discipline interactions. Wonderful campus.

    Cons

    all positive interactions from my experience

    Advice to Management

    keep up the work


  7. Circulation Desk Student Assistant

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    Former Employee - Circulation Desk Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Circulation Desk Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cornell University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and welcoming staff. Learned a lot of great customer service skills, and had the opportunity to meet high-powered faculty who came in needing help.

    Cons

    It was difficult to get shifts because there was a lot of other employees. Not a lot of upward movement opportunities.


  8. Student Food Service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hours were very flexible with an online platform to trade hours with other students. Free dining hall food.

    Cons

    Pay was low compared to the work put in. Physically tiring.


  9. Cornell

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

    I have been working at Cornell University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Winter can be cold ...brrrrrrrrrr


  10. Graduate Teaching Assistant at Cornell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    Very generous stipend in addition to full tuition

    Cons

    Very little job security - semester to semester


  11. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Corporate Relations Manager in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Relations Manager in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits; great work-life balance; lots of opportunities for advancement. They cover tuition if you want to get an advanced degree while working here.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy; not a lot of young employees



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