Cornell University Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 4 (or more) years of cold hard struggle that would eventually pay off

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    1. Such diversity in on university
    2. When it's not winter, fantastic living environment, tons of fun
    3. Remote setting makes it great to focus on academics

    Cons

    1. Unforgiving winter
    2. Remote location may hinter career opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. great place

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work at. Good people, state of the art equipment, ample space for personal development.

    Cons

    Like with any academic environment, it depends on the lab you join.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    variable...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Flexible Course Selection and full of opportunities

    Cons

    Location is not good. Not many companies here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The website could be coded more concise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Fantastic experience working in events and student activities

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    Former Employee - Assistant to Office of Student Activities in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant to Office of Student Activities in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    For a temp job it paid very well; a good first job experience and a great reference for future career opportunities. Wonderful staff-offered independence and guidance when necessary. Treated me like an important member of the team, despite my minimal work experience.

    Cons

    If it wasn't 9 months of winter I would definitely work there again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. In a lab, applying algorithm to realize the measurement of reconstructed light field.

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    I can only help to develop the measurement since I am not that familiar with optics.

    Cons

    Learning new staff and keep thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer about the schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Senior Information Specialist

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    Current Employee - Information Specialist in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Information Specialist in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Promoted within eight months. Active participation within the campus and community.

    Cons

    None. This is a job where team building is a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Management is extremely fair and they value your work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great benefits, positive work environment

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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

    Pros

    Cornell offers great benefits, comprehensive insurance with low copays, and generous retirement plans. I found the work environment to be friendly, and collaborative.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for promotion, shift schedules can be a pain. Recent budget cuts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. great fit for a junior scholar

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    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

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

    Pros

    The campus has excellent facilities and libraries. The environment is extremely stimulating, with top-notch speakers and events constantly happening on campus. Students are dedicated and hard-working, and the colleagues I met so far have been very encouraging and helpful. Also I found the position has good benefits compared to similar positions (non-TT junior faculty). The environment is very family oriented and compared to other campuses, Cornell makes it easier to move with a spouse/partner. Bonus if you love the outdoors.

    Cons

    It's an Ivy, which means students can be a bit too demanding at times (not necessarily entitled but some of them are obsessed with their marks). Also there is pressure to excel and to work long hours.

    Recommends
  10. Very good experience!

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

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

    Pros

    In a great environment, surrounded by the best. Lots of resources and support.

    Cons

    Weather can be tough and an important consideration. Snow-days don't exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Living with Freshmen

    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Experiences are significantly different depending on your manager. I was lucky to be on a great staff with a good supervisor. Increase benefits based on experience

    Cons

    Training lacking.
    Poor weather
    No difference in compensation among the position even though some communities do more work than others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some workers do not fulfill job requirements which makes others work harder, yet they get the same benefits for doing nothing.

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