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Cornell University Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
376 Reviews
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376 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most department have a really good work / life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Great place for student to make connections (in 15 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 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Program coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very open and supportive to employees

    Cons

    Over educated. It's a bubble of education and you need a phd to advance pass a certain point

  2.  

    Administrative Assistant at Department of English, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

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

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

    Pros

    Really great experience, administrative peers and faculty were very friendly and sociable

    Cons

    Compensation for admin assistants is still minimum wage

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    great academics hostile administration

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    some of the giants of the field are here

    Cons

    the administration spends more time dreaming up new hurdles to getting any work done than anything.... which goes from administrative assistants to the university police. The parking rules are designed to extort money from underpaid graduate students and postdocs. Heavily armed police force on campus does little to curb the drinking or the partying; they only exist to write parking tickets in the middle of the night, and write up speeding violations for +5mph over the limit.

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  5.  

    Mechanical Engineering

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Students are taught A LOT of material that definitely puts them at an advantage when entering the field.
    -The facilities are excellent and offer many opportunities for research.
    -The majority of professors are there to help, one just needs to reach out to them.
    -The Cornell community is one of a kind and connections and friendships last a lifetime.
    -The abundance of organizations here offer endless opportunities.

    Cons

    -Sometimes the stress can get to you if you don't balance work and prioritize. Cornell is tough on engineers but for the betterment of the student.

  6.  

    Dining

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Employees with little or no experience make more than what they are worth. Several perks associated with the job.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership, very weak Union, politically motivated, employees with little or no experience are over payed. Terrible OJT. Not much room to grow. Experience really doesn't count for much. Monotonous work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Professional Development and Benefits, Pay at least 20% lower

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    Current Employee - Director in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Director in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great benefits (10% of salary toward 401k by CU
    have a training budget, so you can develop yourself
    having a planning cycle
    get time between Christmas and new years off
    work / life balance is fantastic

    Cons

    pay is lower than other schools by anywhere from 20-30% - not just peer schools, but schools with much lower goals
    in order to move up within the department, you almost have to leave because there is very little movement
    there is no cost of living increase - you are lucky to get 2%/year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work at your conveniecne

    Cons

    Pace at which course is taught in beginning

  9.  

    Very dependent on lab/professor for research jobs

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    Former Employee - Research Technician
    Former Employee - Research Technician

    I worked at Cornell University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked for three professors, and fortunate that all three were dedicated to both their research but also involving student researchers in important parts of their work. Definitely not assigned too much busy work. Opportunity to work for reputable faculty is also an excellent networking opportunity for future career development.

    Cons

    Some disconnect between labs and departments, which is not surprising for such a large institution. For contract research hires, not much opportunity for benefits or taking classes at Cornell (as non-student working, obviously).

    No opinion of CEO
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    Part-time administrative position

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Great supervisors, decent hourly pay, flexibility with schedule

    Cons

    nothing much, considering this is a part-time position

  11.  

    great working place

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    very open and nice place to work

    Cons

    not a lot of chances for promotion

    Recommends

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