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Cornell University Reviews

Updated January 22, 2018
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  • The place is kind of in the middle of nowhere (in 15 reviews)

  • can be stressful, with little work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Student"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Graduate students at Cornell receive excellent benefits. This varies by department, but on the whole, we receive an education (with all tuition waived), health insurance, and a decent salary as far as graduate student positions go (I make ~$33,000; I made ~ $40,000 last year with the correct teaching assistantship).

    Cons

    People say that Cornell is isolated; I love it, because I grew up in a small town and have ample opportunity to hike, canoe, kayak, fish, pretty much do anything outdoors. Other people hate Cornell's climate. Yeah, it gets cold. But if you embrace it, it's not too bad. Small price to pay for a top-notch education.

    Advice to Management

    Higher ups in graduate school: I get the sense that they are somewhat conniving. E.g., encouraging grad students to call their senators to block a new tax reform bill by fearmongering that we will be taxed on tuition as if it were income, when really that's not true if you read the fine print (the tax bill would affect they way the school endowment is taxed). Management by department varies considerably.


  2. "sailing instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    fun work, out on the lake all day

    Cons

    little to do when weather is not suitable for sailing

  3. "Teaching Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    The payment is good and workload is not so intensive compared with other same-tier graduate schools

    Cons

    Not any at current time


  4. "Great Employer"

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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

    Great benefits
    Great Opportunities for Growth
    Appreciation of WorkLife Balance
    Flexible Work Arrangements for some roles
    A chance to support a great mission!

    Cons

    It is hard for me to come up with a con in that while working at Cornell you can create the opportunity you want for yourself. It is a big place and there is variation in the skill level of supervisors and managers but there is a lot of support for employees and chances to change jobs if you engage in the process

    Advice to Management

    Reward those that are willing to step up to the challenges and support them in their growth and you will be rewarded with great staff that are committed to the mission.


  5. "Really don't care much about their graduate students"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Ivy league school on the CV.

    Cons

    Kind of a terrible environment.


  6. "Great school with lots of labs to choose from"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Best housing in UES in NY

    Cons

    Not that student friendly but some labs are


  7. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working time, and work/life balance

    Cons

    too far away to the big cities

  8. "Everything is great except the town."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly professional.
    Friendly.
    A lot of resources.

    Cons

    The town.
    The cold.
    A lot of undergrads.


  9. "TA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University part-time

    Pros

    Good to work with professors

    Cons

    Difficult to balance school work and work


  10. "Overall good place to be a graduate student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time

    Pros

    Relatively high salary, good academic environment

    Cons

    The location is very isolated. Consequently, it is hard to have connections with industry.


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