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Updated January 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Can learn a lot from other professionals (in 26 reviews)

  • Wonderful work-life balance beliefs (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance difficult to sustain (in 27 reviews)

  • Work load is crazy hectic and due to the complexity of research work can be tough (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Carnegie Mellon University's Mellon College of Science is a a don't miss opportunity for growing your skills."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    High impact work. Opportunity to work with some of the best minds on the planet,
    High ethical standards. Multi-racial. Multi-cultural.

    Cons

    Large enough institution that the left hand didn't always know what the right was doing.


  2. "Great school"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great professors, staffs and colleagues

    Cons

    Not applicable to use OPT extension

  3. "Great place to gain experience"

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy in assigned projects
    Difficult, but interesting problems

    Cons

    No over-time pay
    Rather tough manager


  4. "Football Coach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great school. Return on investment. Athletic traditions

    Cons

    Tough academic standards. Cost of school.


  5. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable workload and interesting people to work with

    Cons

    It is a temp position so there is not enough time to get to know everything.


  6. "social media marketing"

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    Current Employee - Social Media Marketing in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Social Media Marketing in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the environment it is good

    Cons

    the location is not good

    Advice to Management

    I think it can be more efficient


  7. "challenging work, nice people, great opportunites"

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    Former Contractor - Research Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Contractor - Research Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there are a lot of projects going on and you'll have a lot of opportunities to participate in cutting edge research

    Cons

    If you're not into tech, there's not much to do.

  8. "Student"

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

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and develop skills

    Cons

    NO cons at all. Only positive reviews.


  9. "Security Guard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the top end of the pay scale for security in Pittsburgh

    Cons

    Management inconsistencies
    Unfulfilled promises for advancement
    less than desirable treatment for some employees


  10. "Great for the Most Part"

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

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

    Pros

    Regular pay raises for GTAs
    Students are generally smart, responsible and easy to deal with

    Cons

    Experience may be better or worse depending on the department & particular supervisor
    Some students are entitled and immature

    Advice to Management

    More centralized control over GTA job descriptions, hours and working conditions
    Allow GTAs to provide feedback and address supervisors with repeated problematic treatment of GTAs


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