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Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Can learn a lot from other professionals (in 26 reviews)

  • Work life balance is important to management (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Very horrible work/life balance (in 25 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. "CMU"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, location is great, benefits included

    Cons

    no cons I like this job

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "CMU is a great environment to work in"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at CMU are friendly and collaborative. Working as a faculty member at CMU is one of the most rewarding experiences. All the faculty keep their doors open and it is easy to work together with anyone.

    Cons

    The biggest downside to working in academia is that the pay is not as high as comparable jobs in industry. Also, the hours tend to be rather long. A friend of mine said "As a professor, I have great freedom. I get to work any 80 hours a week that I want to."

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture of CMU going. Everyone loves the openness of the environment. Pittsburgh is a wonderful place to live. Most people don't realize what a gem it is.


  3. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting place to work as a research assistant!

    Cons

    Quite few to say badly...


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  5. "Research Administration"

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

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

    Pros

    - lots of room to grow, make suggestions
    - good salary, good benefits

    Cons

    - upper management always in flux


  6. "Summer Student Employee"

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    Former Employee - Cluster Facilities Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Cluster Facilities Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours so that you can attend courses over the summer.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to internships.


  7. "CMU Senior Research Programmer, Computer Science dept."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Programmer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Programmer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast-paced, challenging environment. Lots of cultural diversity. Laid-back campus atmosphere. Always learning new things. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is about half industry. New hires get paid at rates that exceed that achieved by long term employees who have had cumulative raises. In other words, experience is punished. "new-ness" is rewarded

    Advice to Management

    Make salaried employees more in line with industry. For example, someone with 12 years in their position, doing de-facto project management work, should not be paid roughly half the average for Pittsburgh project managers (which is last checked around $110k) - hiring someone with zero experience should not give result in a salary greater than someone in that same job description with over 10 years experience.


  8. "A good employer, with good people"

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Carnegie Mellon has some brilliant and lovely people who are generous with their time. The students are motivated and a delight to teach. Pay is generous compared to similar institutions

    Cons

    CMU has many of the faults typical of academic employers: lack of long-term job security (except for tenure-track and administrative), less-than-ideal communication between different areas, etc.


  9. "The perks of academia"

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

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

    Pros

    CMU encompasses a very intelligent and respectful environment. This extends for students, faculty and staff. Being part of the community has been wonderful. The employee benefits are generous, including comprehensive insurance and retirement packages.

    Cons

    Salary at CMU is low compared to industry means. There are some caveats to how some of the advertised benefits can be utilized, including long vesting periods and taxable tuition remission.


  10. "CMU"

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

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

    Pros

    There are many cutting-edge opportunities within CMU that allow you to further your research in collaboration with global parties.

    Cons

    If you are not from Mid-East, you may need sometime to getting used to Pittsburgh and folks around here.


  11. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    interdisciplinary, innovation, research, campus-life, flexible

    Cons

    low salary, challenging, hard to find funding for research


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