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Updated 14 Sep 2018

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  1. "PhD Student ECE Department"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is good and flexibility to choose a particular area of research as well.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, as expected I guess.

    Cornell University2018-09-15
  2. "Graduate student"

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    PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cornell University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compensation is good especially compared to other programs in my field.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in assignation of TAship and GAship roles.

    Cornell University2018-06-15
  3. "Material Science PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers and advisor. Lab run really well. Enough funding

    Cons

    Long hours, graduation unclear, low pay

    Cornell University2018-02-07
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Money is the most important factor here!"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    You get a chance to meet a ton of great people here! But, unfortunately, these people are not the one who have the power to help you if you have a problem.

    Cons

    Money runs Cornell. If your PI can bring a lot of money to Cornell, no one cares how they treat their students or if they even pay their students.

    Advice to Management

    Again, money manages everything here!

    Cornell University2017-04-27
  5. "Excellent university in a small town"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are great, it's an intensely stimulating atmosphere, and there's a ton of beautiful nature nearby. My department (mathematics) in particular is very friendly, with a lot of incredible, computational and theoretical work going on.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's annoying that Cornell University is a long ways away from any major city center. If you love night life, there's not a lot going on in Ithaca.

    Advice to Management

    Try to treat graduate students better, and hire competent, caring staff. Also, foster a more healthy "life outlook" among undergraduates.

    Cornell University2016-08-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Just 1 Grad"

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    PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Wide variety of research areas, generally very collaborative and cross-disciplinary atmosphere, "Top-10" school, great location with good local culture. Chemistry Department is rigorous.

    Cons

    For the Chemistry Department... relatively narrow-minded outlook on future careers. Principal Investigators mostly out for themselves, with little care for other PIs or research outside of their own area. Graduate student life depends highly on the lab they join - some PIs respect a reasonable work-life balance, while most others expect the world to revolve around their research with little regard for students'... families and personal life or interests. Essentially no rewards/acknowledgements for meeting or exceeding expectations, as the expectations seem to be more and more. Not uncommon to encounter individuals (including PIs) that will try intimidation techniques or flat out lie to manipulate others (i.e., for motivation purposes).

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    Advice to Management

    It's very important for PIs to acknowledge and *genuinely*, actively, appreciate a healthy work-life balance that allows for graduate students to perform well and live a balanced life. Typically PIs that don't do this do not have healthy lives or any balance to speak of.

    Cornell University2016-08-11
  7. "Graduate student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location, many outdoor opportunities

    Cons

    Far from any major city and isolated from network of biotech start ups

    Advice to Management

    Management is good- administrative can be slow, but the PIs are highly collaborative, which makes my life easier

    Cornell University2016-07-26
  8. "Hard work but mostly worth it"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very prestigious (good for applying to jobs), and lots of very smart people (good for making connections). The research facilities are generally good, and the campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Because of the prestige and general intelligence, expectations are very high and you are expected to do a lot of hard work. The winters are long and harsh too, which can add to the stress.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the Professors follow the rules of the Grad School and that they don't take advantage of the students. I've noticed that the goals of the actual "Grad School" are often disconnected from an individual Professor's goals.

    Cornell University2016-07-12
  9. "A good school but isolated"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ithaca is beautiful in the summer and graduate students generally get treated well. There are many motivated faculty and great research facilities. Ithaca also has tons of restaurants, theaters and festivals.

    Cons

    It is inbred. Ithaca is basically Cornell and there are only academics: students and faculty. There is little industry in Ithaca, so if you are interested in business or something other than Cornell it can be pretty isolated.

    Advice to Management

    Your experience as a PhD student is set by your advisor and your relationship with said advisor. Make sure they're happy!

    Cornell University2016-06-05
  10. "PhD Student - Dyson School of Applied Economics"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyable work environment, professors care about you, learn tools that will help you succeed as a researcher and on the job market. Some professors are especially committed to helping you succeed.

    Cons

    At times poor communication within department (concerning policies, expectations, etc.). Financial support same size even for PhD students with families (providing health insurance for family members would help immensely, but alas is not offered).

    Advice to Management

    In general keep up the good work. It is an enjoyable place to work and learn. Make support package dynamic since many of your PhD students are not just single people anymore. This will be a larger and larger issue when recruiting students in the future as fewer students just go straight to a PhD program.

    Cornell University2016-01-11
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