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"Insanely fun job, relatively low pay."

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Current Employee - Robotics Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Robotics Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
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I have been working at Carnegie Mellon University full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Every day at work is a blast. Very exciting work, lots of smart people. Interesting challenges and a quality of work that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Don't underestimate this because it vastly outweighs the cons below.

Cons

Because it is in the education field pay is lower than a comparable industry job. There are also no bonuses, and it is difficult to advance without an advanced degree.

Very few windows to the outside. It is possible to go a whole day without knowing what the weather was like.

Advice to Management

With no bonuses, raises that typically only match inflation (aka being paid the same amount) and no possibility of bonuses (which may be possible for a nonprofit) or profit sharing (impossible for a nonprofit) it will be harder to retain staff over the long term with the continuous temptation of higher salary elsewhere.

Other Employee Reviews for Carnegie Mellon University

  1. "Graduate Student Assistant / PhD Student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some really smart kids and if you're lucky on some cool projects. Academic setting can be enriching and rewarding.

    Cons

    No regular hours. No weekends. No holidays. You are working all the time, hoping that all this would end soon and retrospectively make sense.


  2. "A wonderful learning experience!"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Intern - Summer Research Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Intern - Summer Research Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Mellon University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The facilities and resources are top-notch, but most of all, working under some of the brightest minds is what made this an outstanding research internship.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything off the top of my head.

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