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Updated February 20, 2017
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Dr. Subra Suresh
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Pros
  • Can learn a lot from other professionals (in 26 reviews)

  • Work life balance is important to management (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Very horrible work/life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Work load is crazy hectic and due to the complexity of research work can be tough (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "postdoc"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top 1 in computer science

    Cons

    you need work very hard


  2. "Academics"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excels in academics with strong focus on practical training. Equal opportunity and encourages all to excel. Amenable to approach and resolves the issues.

    Cons

    Hectic schedule. Teaching can be more interactive and practical.

    Advice to Management

    Should focus on making students develop practical knowledge and skill sets for career.


  3. "Good university!"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is coding! Job-oriented! Campus is small so that you cannot waste your time walking.

    Cons

    Much fewer girls, need to be more diverse


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  5. "TA for cloud computing"

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    Current Employee - TA for Cloud Computing in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - TA for Cloud Computing in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really good experience to work as a team before graduate.

    Cons

    Need more than 10 hours per week.


  6. "Good places for Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing research
    Helpful Prof
    Beautiful Campus
    If you get a chilled out professor like mine, it will be fun as well as helpful for building career

    Cons

    Underpaid
    Original ideas are not always encouraged


  7. "Resident Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great community
    - Learn a lot
    - Supporting environment

    Cons

    -Have to hide certain opinions you have

    Advice to Management

    - Create an open environment


  8. "CMU"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great work/life balance, incredibly diverse.

    Cons

    management can be lacking depending on the department.


  9. "Being a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will be working with extremely smart and enthusiastic students. The university has a very good support system that makes this place your home.

    Cons

    Sometimes the amount of homework and research will be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    This university can benefit more by having even stronger support groups and campaigns.


  10. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time

    Pros

    Everyone that you interact with is extremely well versed in what they do. It is very easy to talk with leaders in the field of computer science in the same building, or attend talks every week by them.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment and can sometimes give you a bit of imposter syndrome. Classes are not easy (machine learning)

    Advice to Management

    Communicate slightly better about exact expectations and provide more transparency overall about the research process and each stage of the PhD.


  11. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent education taught by some of the best research minds in respective fields.

    Cons

    High stress atmosphere which leaves many students feeling overwhelmed at times.



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