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Updated Oct 22, 2021

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Running in my 8th year in construction here in the SE. In my second job right now as a PM and Risk Management (5th year). I have a Masters Degree in Construction and additional certification programs from Cornell University, I think I am good with the pay I am getting (FOR NOW!) BUT Currently get paid 10 PTO+6 holidays in addition to winter shutdowns from December 24th to Jan1st. Hence the PTO is limited to 10 for new hires upto completion of 5 years. Is this a fair PTO for someone in year 8?

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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "The people are great; they are flexible and always there for you to ask questions of.(in 170 reviews)
  • "Great benefits and room to grow within the college depending on your position within each college within the university(in 157 reviews)
  • "Flexible Hours were convenient for my schedule(in 87 reviews)
  • "Quite and beautiful campus with a lot of collaboration across labs(in 75 reviews)
  • "The staff is friendly and polite.(in 46 reviews)
Cons
  • "low pay and lack of ability to move up(in 79 reviews)
  • "Salary is low and housing difficult to find.(in 49 reviews)
  • "Management was poor and didn't listen to the needs of the staff(in 19 reviews)
  • "Some managers need to learn how to treat their employers.(in 13 reviews)
  • "While management strictly enforces the rules of 'no overtime' it is impossible to complete work as assigned under the constant stress, distractions, changing strategies and leadership who uses fear and intimidation due to an inability and clear lack of experience.(in 9 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great University and Place to Work

    Jan 12, 2017 - Graduate Research Assistant in Ithaca, NY
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    Pros

    The research being done at Cornell is very interesting and the facilities are amazing. Ithaca is a beautiful city. The stipend given to graduate students are higher than average.

    Cons

    Ithaca is very cold and somewhat dreary in the winter. While the graduate student stipend is nice, the cost of living in Ithaca is also high.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    A great place to work.

    Aug 22, 2014 - Lecturer in Ithaca, NY
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    Pros

    I've found the working environment at Cornell to be friendly and engaging. It also offers great benefits.

    Cons

    Ithaca is somewhat remote. Lecturer positions don't pay a great deal.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Nice University, great tiny city

    Apr 21, 2014 - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY
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    Pros

    Ithaca is a cute mini city and Cornell is really a nice place to work. They pay grad students well. Personally, I find the work-life balance great and I love it there. Hard working but not high stress. Good culture

    Cons

    It is hard for spouses to find jobs here though, there is not a lot of work in Ithaca unless you are in a really high-demand career like programming or IT.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Mixed bag

    Dec 23, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Obviously has great benefits as a university. Work tends to be really interesting as it doesn't always have to be for profit- it can be research for the sake of knowledge. Hours tend to be very flexible, perks like continuing education benefit really made it worthwhile to stick around for a few years post graduation.

    Cons

    Cornell is consistently ranked one of the most stressful schools and IMO this carries over to employees. Even though I had a ton of time off I could never really use it because I was always being asked to take on more work.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    A great place to grow on the job

    Jun 29, 2016 -  
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    Pros

    stability, academic rigor, brilliant co-workers

    Cons

    large divide between culture at Cornell University (Ithaca) and Weill Cornell Medical (Manhattan).

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Not part time friendly

    Mar 8, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    work at cornell and get the staff benefits such as bus access

    Cons

    unwilling to give part time workers fair compensation and nearly impossible to ridse

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  7. 5.0
    Former Intern

    SERCCS 2021 Program Intern at CLASSE Cornell

    Oct 19, 2021 - Mechanical Engineer in Binghamton, NY
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    Pros

    Amazing internship at the CHESS Cornell particle accelerator and X-ray laboratory. Python programming and computational physics research with a great teacher-student ratio and supportive staff, as well as research seminars and one-on-one mentorship.

    Cons

    No mentionable cons with this position.

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    IT Consulting Team

    Jan 7, 2014 - Mac Team Consultant in Ithaca, NY
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    Pros

    Working as a consultant is a great opportunity to learn about the various technologies used at Cornell and to help others. Hours are flexible, and the other staff members are generally willing to share their knowledge.

    Cons

    The work can be slow at times, and it can become a bit repetitive and tedious. However, new technologies are introduced frequently enough to mitigate this.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee