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Cornell University Reviews

Updated March 22, 2019
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  • "Also, graduate life can be brutally taxing on work/life balance" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Small city in the middle of nowhere" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    Encouraging environment full of diverse people

    Cons

    Honestly I have nothing to say


  2. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant
    Current Employee - Project Assistant

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    Faculty are very helpful and collaborative

    Cons

    Pay is average and indoor work can get tiring.

  3. "Good but monotonous"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the research is cutting edge

    Cons

    The research can be monotonous depending on the lab.


  4. "Great place to pursue PhD degree"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    People are really smart, nice and supportive!

    Cons

    Location. Harder to build a career network


  5. "This position depends largely on the academic department"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant

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

    Pros

    There is considerable flexibility and autonomy, but depends largely on the specific professor you work for.

    Cons

    The pay is relatively low compared to industry.


  6. "amazing academic environment"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great scientists to collaborate and get feedback from. Lots of resources from teaching workshops, BEST program, writing and communication workshops for career development and a lot of the world's best scientists come to give talks, which is great!

    Cons

    slightly isolating environment at the same time.. it is hard to engage socially, i think because Ithaca is a quiet community. Also isolated from the big cities, so it is hard to network and eventually find jobs for graduate students interested in industry jobs.

    Advice to Management

    we need more career fairs catering to PhDs in life-sciences! We also need better ways to find and network with our alums


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and management, little work to do

    Cons

    Low pay, minimum wage offered

  8. "It was a decent job"

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    Former Employee - Server
    Former Employee - Server

    I worked at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    The people were very njce

    Cons

    The pay was not good


  9. "Good time!"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community, plenty of resources

    Cons

    In the middle of literally nowhere


  10. "Well-supported grad student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous stipend, great health insurance

    Cons

    Lack of support from the grad school for issues that might arise with advisors