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Insanely fun job, relatively low pay.

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Current Employee - Robotics Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Robotics Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Every day at work is a blast. Very exciting work, lots of smart people. Interesting challenges and a quality of work that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Don't underestimate this because it vastly outweighs the cons below.

Cons

Because it is in the education field pay is lower than a comparable industry job. There are also no bonuses, and it is difficult to advance without an advanced degree.

Very few windows to the outside. It is possible to go a whole day without knowing what the weather was like.

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With no bonuses, raises that typically only match inflation (aka being paid the same amount) and no possibility of bonuses (which may be possible for a nonprofit) or profit sharing (impossible for a nonprofit) it will be harder to retain staff over the long term with the continuous temptation of higher salary elsewhere.

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    This job is what you make it

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depends on your department. Flexibility, interesting co-workers, and a great location for a young family. For engineers and computer science practitioners this is one of the world's top universities, and they are used to interdisciplinary collaboration, since they've been doing it longer than most other places that are just getting into the game.

    Cons

    Many specific research areas lack real cooperative teamwork like that at most corporate positions, although this is common to most of academia. What's really annoying is that most people think they are great at it, when it is only true in relation to other highly competitive academic environments.

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  2.  

    Good place to be a graduate student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University

    Pros

    Living cost in pittsburgh is pretty cheap. The graduate student salary is competitive with anywhere else in the country. So the quality of life is not bad

    Cons

    Public transportation in Pittsburgh is not that great. Buses are almost never on time..

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