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7 months ago
Paternity leave … Would you rather take 4-5 months paternity leave at $200k TC or get a raise to $250k but only a few weeks of paternity time off with the new baby? What are your thoughts and considerations going into this decision? JPMorgan Chase Bank of America Citi Wells Fargo Fidelity Investments Morgan Stanley McKinsey & Company Bain Capital Cornell University Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Princeton University Yale University Caltech
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- "Good benefits and reason to be in ithaca" (in 205 reviews)
- "The people are great; they are flexible and always there for you to ask questions of." (in 194 reviews)
- "Flexible Hours were convenient for my schedule" (in 106 reviews)
- "Quite and beautiful campus with a lot of collaboration across labs" (in 79 reviews)
- "The staff is friendly and polite." (in 52 reviews)
- "boring work and low pay" (in 106 reviews)
- "the salary is low and the weather is too bad" (in 69 reviews)
- "Management was poor and didn't listen to the needs of the staff" (in 25 reviews)
- "Some managers need to learn how to treat their employers." (in 14 reviews)
- "poor communication with broader college and university leadership" (in 11 reviews)
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- 5.0Aug 3, 2021Grant CoordinatorCurrent EmployeeIthaca, NY
Absolutely incredible benefits, great starting pay for the area, and excellent opportunities for growth. My supervisor is the hardest worker on the team. They are working hard to develop flexible working conditions during and post COVID. Educational benefits are top notch for employees and their family. The campus is truly beautiful.
Still struggling to reach an equitable work-from-home situation for all employees; some staff can't work from home at all, while others have already moved across the country. The hiring process took a long time, but that may be due to COVID-related delays and is not the norm.
- 2.0Oct 14, 2022Administrative AssistantCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
-One of the Highest paying employers in area- be ready to earn every penny of that pay and be able to work two other internal jobs with that same pay. -Continuing education benefits - but no time to utilize
-Benefits are expensive and not great- I pay over 800 a month in insurance. -Advancement opportunities are limited -They do not pay for unemployment- management can treat you any way they like- with no consequences. - Do not talk to HR they work for the employer and not for you. -No bonuses -Raises don't match inflation - Very political- it's more who you know not what your experience or education level is. -Lack of accountability -Favoritism runs rapid2
- 4.0Oct 1, 2020Lab Technician IIICurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsIthaca, NY
Great benefits and room to grow within the college depending on your position within each college within the university
Colleges can be political places but things take time to get accomplished when it comes to internal issues
- 5.0Apr 24, 2023Dining ServicesCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearIthaca, NY
The benefits are quite amazing if you're able to meet the minimum requirements for one to be considered in good working terms with them
The shifts are quite long and draining for busy students
- 3.0Mar 8, 2022Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
work at cornell and get the staff benefits such as bus access
unwilling to give part time workers fair compensation and nearly impossible to ridse
- 5.0Sep 13, 2016Program ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsIthaca, NY
The people in the area in which I work are very mission-driven and dedicated, providing a great professional community. The students and employees are intelligent and hard working, and that makes going to work a fun challenge. Benefits, including vacation time are very good. The University closes from right before Christmas to right after New Year, so that's a bonus on top of vacation time. The employee degree program is great and many of my colleagues have benefited from that program. Ithaca is beautiful (albeit the winters are long) and it's a wonderful place to raise a family.
In my opinion, pay is fairly low, and is consistent within pay bands. Salaries are flat: raises seem to be pretty much non-existent (I don't think I've been given even a cost of living increase for going on 10 years). Note that your experience positive/negative might depend where in the university you work.
- 5.0Jan 19, 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
The work was challenging, yet rewarding. I really enjoyed my time there. They offer many benefits and have a great work-life balance.
I can not think of any cons to working at Cornell University. It was very difficult to leave my job, but I had to relocate to Florida for my mother's health.
- 2.0Sep 10, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeIthaca, NY
Great benefits including educational and wellness opportunities. Employee discounts all over town including travel, merchandise, and even cell phone service.
Low salaries, long hours making it difficult or impossible to take advantage of opportunities, very poor raises, terrible management and HR department. Management is too top heavy, and there is less and less staff to do work due to budget cuts. Little or No opportunity for advancement once you are pigeon-holed.2