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Cornell University Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
350 Reviews
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350 Reviews
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Cornell University President David J. Skorton
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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)

  • a little bit far from big cities (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Cornell is an excellent organization to work for.

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

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to learn new skills, living the "academic life," commitment to diversity, great perks, great team environment, tight-knit community, great place for working families.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth, less opportunities for managing people (which would lead to personal growth), funding is sometimes a problem for certain offices to stay staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth comes at a price, consider adding resources to cover the growth to help retain your best staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate Research Assistant

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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 part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I was in ECE department so my review is only for this department.
    -Very decent stipend compared to other schools.
    -Interdisciplinary research opportunities.
    -Scenic campus, a lot of water falls and physical education classes to learn interesting sports.
    -fun college town
    -Department pays for health insurance - very few schools do that these days.

    Cons

    Few people complain about the weather but there are others who love Ithaca because of its weather.
    Because of its location, sometimes it gets depressing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Repeat best place to work!

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's easy to get promoted, the staff and students are friendly, and there are lots of benefits (maternity, paternity, retirement, etc.). Plus, the Ithaca area is very health-conscious, facilitating your own health.

    Cons

    We are ~1h from all major highways, making travel in- and out- of Ithaca somewhat of a pain.
    "Ithacating" is a form of weather characterized by random bouts of rain, snow, sleet, and slush. However, it's absolutely gorges (pun intended) most other times!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less red tape, but you're otherwise doing a great job. We're sad to see you go Dr. Skorton!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Great value. impressive project work. Smart students and professors.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad about this school. Everyone seems smart and intelligent here.

  6.  

    A place for hardcore mental training and academic learning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    Ivy school, great resources, not much distractions, isolated but close to NYC at least (5 hours by car). Some great professors and great classes. Good libraries on campus.

    Cons

    if you are looking for a faculty advisor, find the right person to work with.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun, Laid Back, Great Perks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Getting paid to watch movies is great, and as an employee you get in free to any movie you want. When the movie is playing, you can go in to watch it or just hang out and do homework or whatever. Free popcorn if you want it. The management is pretty nice and it feels like a community.

    Cons

    Unfortunately it seems like the cinema is making less and less money every year. It's heavily subsidized by the university, and there are occasional crises when we're not sure if the funding is going to get cut. The number of shows has dropped from 18/week to maybe 12 on a good week.

    Also, the pay is at or barely above minimum wage for everybody, if that's a worry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Lab Assistant

    Former Employee - Research and Lab Assistant  in  Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Research and Lab Assistant in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible management, good reputation, clear directions and communication from management.

    Cons

    Pay increases hard to come by as a student

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful Place to Work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Cornell University has Great Benefits system and pension
    2. They care a lot about health and workplace issue
    3. The pay is very decent
    4. Free Bus Ride in Tompkins County
    5. Very supportive of career development
    6. Coworkers are very professional and nice

    Cons

    Office politics are still existing. Some departments might have to struggle. The snow in Ithaca can be bad in the winter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cornell University - IT Contractor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, lots of interesting people to meet and work with. Compensation was adequate, and work-life balance was well maintained. Even though I was a contractor, I still felt very much like a full-fledged member of the staff.

    Cons

    The contract firm that I was working through is horrible. Late paychecks due to clerical errors, no support from the account managers, and no effort for improving, or attempting to get me hired on full-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't leave contractors on long term - very bad for moral.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    WIC management are incompetent and not trustworthy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schenectady, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are very professional and nice to work with.

    Cons

    The office is extremely disorganized, policies are not followed as directed by the state. Management lacks knowledge, organization, compassion and leadership qualities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and be willing to try change. Explore new ways of doing things that will better our outcomes for the participants. Stop micromanaging, we are all professionals and should be treated as such. Trust us to do our jobs and stop looking for ways to fire the very best of your employees! It only hurts our program. Show compassion and get to know your employees so you can understand why people are the way they are!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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