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Updated July 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Can learn a lot from other professionals" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Good work environment, work life balance" (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can take a toll on your work life balance" (in 30 reviews)

  • "no cons have been found until now" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing experience doing a TAship at CMU"

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

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

    Pros

    It was a great chance to demonstrate and share my knowledge with new graduate students.

    Cons

    I did not see any cons.


  2. "Part-time Federal Work Study in the CMU Bookstore (Lower Level)"

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    Former Employee - Federal Work Study in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Federal Work Study in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I was trained to be a cashier and quickly ready to assist customers. If I needed help with any transactions, a veteran employee or manager was always happy to aid me. This was my first job as a cashier, and I now have those skills should I ever need them again.
    There were opportunities to get a little creative with the display of novelty items and books. During the time I was there, I was also able to choose what music to play in the store.
    During slow times, I had time to work on my homework. This was really important because I could not have kept up with homework otherwise, and I would have had to leave the job.
    After a year, I was given a pay raise.
    Other employees and managers are very helpful and friendly, both as professionals and as people. I can depend on my former manager for future job recommendations.

    Cons

    I think this job is pretty straightforward, and it never gave me anything to complain about.
    The job didn't entail much stress. I was a federal workstudy employee. At the level I was employed at, I was not responsible for resolving major issues in the store. Whenever I had a problem (i.e., with a payment method, a return, a customer, damaged or lost stock), all I had to do was ask my manager.
    During the time I was there, major construction on the CUC building sometimes affected the air quality in the store. This is no longer an issue since construction has been completed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue training and supporting new employees the way you do! And thanks for always being close by.

  3. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University part-time

    Pros

    Low stress
    Accommodating professors
    Great pay
    Can be fun

    Cons

    Experience here may vary a lot depending on what class you get


  4. "Visiting Scholar"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time

    Pros

    Nice Academic Environment. The Pittsburgh city is a nice place to explore

    Cons

    HR efficiency could be very low.


  5. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment to learn and contribute

    Cons

    None that can be pointed out


  6. "Great University for Research Place"

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

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small but compact department; highly academic; top-tier scientists and engineers as mentors; research-driven university

    Cons

    providing not much help for career in industry


  7. "Police Department"

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

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

    Pros

    You got your paycheck every 2 weeks with no issue
    Benefits
    Paid time off
    Union
    Pay
    Generous raises
    Looks good on a resume

    Cons

    They do nothing about the people who are lazy and don’t do their job, but it is known about and punish the ones that do the job right
    Micromanaging
    Trying to be something they’re not
    Radio system sucks and is unsafe for officers
    You’ll never have a week without overtime

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking you know what your employees want and actually take the time and ask. Stop trying to be something you’re not. Actually acknowledge your officers for the good they do instead of pointing out every single one of their flaws. Teach your people radio etiquette because someone’s going to get hurt because they can’t get on the radio since nobody knows how to stop talking on it. You are overworking every single officer you have. People will go months without having a 40 hour work week. Give your security officers some type of initiative and opportunity because there is nothing there for them besides good pay and an easy job. You ran out an excellent union President because you disagreed with her because she was trying to make it a better place to work. I could keep going, but I won’t. Just listen to your younger officers and ask what they want. That’s how you’ll have good people stay.

  8. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interaction with very smart students and professors

    Cons

    Sometimes very late/sunday office hours


  9. "nice life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time

    Pros

    Great quality of life, relaxed work atmosphere, nice people

    Cons

    I wish I made more money. But that's how postdocs go.


  10. "Academic Coach—ing Rocks"

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    Current Employee - Academic Coach in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Academic Coach in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University part-time

    Pros

    Get to help students succeed in managing their time, passing exams, managing stress, among other goals.

    Cons

    Some student are not always willing to be in AC, as they were asked to come there by their advisor's.


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