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Updated February 15, 2018
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Martha E. Pollack
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  • Not much work life balance - very hard to have a life (in 17 reviews)

  • Ithaca is in the middle of nowhere (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Beautiful and reputable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very supportive environment overall. Family friendly.

    Cons

    Avoid some of the bad bugs.


  2. "Supportive work culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent research and teaching. Strong community with many long-term employees. Strong emphasis on work/life balance. The University goes above and beyond to support employees during all life transitions and challenges. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    While there are many resources available to employees, sometimes they get lost in a bureaucratic administration. Also, I have heard that individual PIs can foster toxic work environments in their own operations. Luckily that has not been my personal experience. Compensation could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure rules and initiatives are not only to minimize liability, but also to enhance the quality of life of employees. University leaders could be more innovative and transparent about fostering diversity.

  3. "Excellent academic environment for study or research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Really good academic environment. Professor are all helpful.

    Cons

    Location is not a advantage to find a job


  4. "Graduate Teaching Associate"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talented students and coworkers

    Cons

    long hours and difficult students to work with


  5. "MENG Student"

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

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Best Technical knowledge, practical knowledge, team work

    Cons

    costly, weather is horrible, some branches are meant for earning money from students


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Great professional development opportunities and cool place to work

    Cons

    Siloing between colleges/departments creates inefficiencies


  7. "Graduate Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very understanding and welcoming environment. Stimulating and cutting edge work, with a wealth of funding resources.

    Cons

    Due to the large size of this university, the bureaucracy can be somewhat overbearing.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between each college/department throughout the university.

  8. "Graduate Student in the Physics Department"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent resources for experimental physicists and engineers. The nanofabrication facility (CNF) is outstanding, providing access to state of the art tools and expert advise from staff. Cornell Center for Materials Research also has some great tools for microscopy, device characterization, and fabrication.

    - Tons of talks and seminars accessible to students. The graduate society is very active and organizes frequent social events.

    - For a small town, Ithaca has a lot of great restaurants, hiking, and things to do.

    - Stipend is reasonable. Health insurance included.

    - Welcoming environment for women and minorities.

    Cons

    - If you don't like the cold, you will have a bad time. Winters can be pretty harsh, making travel difficult.

    - Ithaca is far away from pretty much everything.

    - This is mostly universal for grad school, but work life balance can be non existent at times. Be prepared to spend late nights and weekends on campus.

    - Housing can be a little expensive, especially if you want to live near campus.

    - Career guidance for physics PhDs looking to pursue jobs outside of academia is basically nonexistent. Career services occasionally has events, but they are poorly advertised.

    - Food on campus is overpriced and not very good.


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    Great culture, Good people, Good food

    Cons

    They hesitant seem to make a good temp a permanent employee


  10. "Director of Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly talented colleagues and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    No Cons are noted at this time.


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