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Cornell University Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
401 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    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

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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

  3.  

    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).

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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.

  6.  

    Great Employer

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    Current Employee - Corporate Account Manager in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Manager in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great Pay
    Great People
    Job Security

    Cons

    They expect a lot out of you
    Hours are long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop creating a top heavy workplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great place to work, but expect high variation depending on department

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to resources was a plus. As long as I had a reason and could make a case for needing resources (teaching support, materials, research aids, etc.) I could usually get anything I needed to help me succeed.

    Cons

    At times politics arise. Particularly in Ithaca where it is a small community filled with very accomplished people who often have large egos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Cornell has the best engineering school among the Ivy League schools. It has a strong ECE department with good faculty; and nice environment.

    Cons

    The location of the university could be a con for some people; as it is in Ithaca, which is a relatively small town. Having said that, I have seen many people who love Ithaca and enjoy it a lot.

  10.  

    TA, grade homeworks, lead lab and discussion sections

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Reasonable hour, pay a good supplement to my daily expenses

    Cons

    It's pretty good so far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. The university has done a lot to ensure the quality of TA staff in general as well as providing positive experience to both TA and students.

  11.  

    research assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    Both the undergrads and faculty are smart driven people. A lot of mentorship is available if you know how to find it. work with leaders in their respective fields

    Cons

    You will get sick of the bureaucratic system very quickly. Many faculty members can have egos that are impossible to work with.

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