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Tough location, but there are some benefits; great place to live if you love small, liberal college towns.

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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 (more than 3 years)

Pros

Pay is good, Cornell staff in general are very friendly, Cornell and Ithaca in general are beautiful.

Cons

Hours worked much higher than expected, little mentoring from faculty (though that is almost certainly department-specific), food on campus is too expensive for graduate students, Ithaca is far from...everything

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve work/life balance. Your graduate students are a very important resource - overworking them is problematic on many levels.

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  1. Great opportunity, but be prepared for commitment.

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

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

    Pros

    Great resources, enthusiastic and capable staff, faculty, and peers. You will learn a lot, build connections, publish, and develop professionally. Work is rewarding but intense. Supervisors are strict but enthusiastic and interested in seeing you succeed.

    Cons

    Work is intense with high expectations, primarily geared towards publication. In order to succeed, you must be willing to work hard and put other time-consuming goals or hobbies on hold. Mediocre levels of commitment are not tolerated.

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    Encourage employees/students to take breaks occasionally and to refrain from over-working. This may reduce immediate productivity but will improve long-term performance.

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  2. A good place to work

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    Current Employee - Consultant/Advisor III in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant/Advisor III in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good morale, good work/life balance. Takes front line employees advice into consideration. Higher ups make an effort to meet with front line employees at least yearly to get a feel for what's going on.

    Cons

    Lower salary than average. Large employer so sometimes decisions are made that make sense for the whole university, but don't fit well or at all with individual units. Very large range in what resources are available depending on unit or work area so look into the specific unit you're going to be working in - central IT will be very differently staffed and resourced than a small research group which will be different from student support.

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