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"Teaching Assistant under the Computer Science department."

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Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
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I worked at Carnegie Mellon University part-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Although it really depends on which course you TA under, TA's are treated and generally paid well. Workload is not too heavy, and you can always let your professor know if you need a week off.

Cons

TA-ing as a freshman results in really poor pay, considering that we do the same amount of work as the upperclassmen do.

Other Employee Reviews for Carnegie Mellon University

  1. "This job is what you make it"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depends on your department. Flexibility, interesting co-workers, and a great location for a young family. For engineers and computer science practitioners this is one of the world's top universities, and they are used to interdisciplinary collaboration, since they've been doing it longer than most other places that are just getting into the game.

    Cons

    Many specific research areas lack real cooperative teamwork like that at most corporate positions, although this is common to most of academia. What's really annoying is that most people think they are great at it, when it is only true in relation to other highly competitive academic environments.


  2. "Like working for a Silicon Valley/Seattle company, but for a bit less"

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    Current Employee - Research Programmer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Research Programmer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits: In addition to the usual health insurance and retirement plans, campus facilities and resources are also available to staff such as the gym/athletics fields, computer clusters/library/internet and also the ability to audit classes.
    Personal Time Off: Generally more flexible than other companies with requesting time off, after working for awhile you get 18 PTO days, on top of days off granted for usual holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years, Memorial Day, Independence Day.

    Cons

    Low Salary Pay and Increments: While pay is competitive within the region for similar education level and technical jobs, compensation overall is much lower than what's accepted as standard in the field. You should also expect your salary increases to match inflation for good performance, and no 'bonuses' or other types of additional compensation.
    Irregular and increased hours near semester ends: Generally as projects get closer to deadlines, it becomes a lot harder to get PTO requests and flexibility honoured, though generally afterwards it becomes easier.

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation for employees, then staff and researchers will be less tempted to jump ship for another company.

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