Cornell University Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great work environment and challenging work(in 76 reviews)

  • "Fantastic institution to work at in Ithaca(in 74 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Ithaca is somewhat remote (but beautiful(in 156 reviews)

  • "Remote location and cold winters(in 40 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      good program

      Jul 31, 2019 - Teaching Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good financial support, solid academic environment

      Cons

      disappointing response to efforts by graduate students to unionize

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Game Day Staff

      Mar 18, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Extremely friendly environment Provide food

      Cons

      Lots of standing and long hours

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Excellent benefits

      Jul 29, 2021 - Associate Librarian 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work environment if you have a good boss. Excellent benefits and beautiful location. Friendly co-workers.

      Cons

      You won't get rich but there is more to life than money. The town is lively but small and rent/real estate locally is very expensive.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Full Time PhD Graduate Student

      Jul 24, 2021 - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are a few way sot think about whether a paid/funded phd graduate program is worth it. (1) If you are dead set on being an academic. (2) if you are gaining transferable/technical skills, while getting paid to do research and study.

      Cons

      I would be weary of entered a paid/funded phd program in a field where you are not gaining technical/transferable skills (e.g. learning statistical analyses). Most academic jobs are hard to get, so if you spend 5 or 7 years making $30K, you should come out better off on the other end -- even if don't land an academic job. Many academic advisors are great for helping you find jobs in academia. But completely useless (even if they have the best of intentions) for finding jobs outside the field (exceptions apply in fields, perhaps like economics or computer science, where there is more back and forth between academia and industry).

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent community

      Jul 22, 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I have a long history with Cornell and find that while my working group has changed over the years, I regularly interact and collaborate with great people. The community is very supportive.

      Cons

      Your experience can vary greatly, depending on who you work closely with. I have never had issues, but certainly others have. You cannot make a blanket statement about the university. Vetting the individuals you'll be working with is of foremost importance.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Opportunity

      Jul 27, 2021 - Teacher Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible and great community Great learning experience Excellent Support Opportunities for networking. Amazing Students to teach with.

      Cons

      Schoolwork and managing a side job can be very taxing. Pay can be a bit low.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      good flexibility

      Jul 29, 2021 - Fitness Monitor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      you get to pick your own hours, and decide how much you want to work. it's also easy to switch shifts with others

      Cons

      tedious and sometimes uninteresting work. nothing too special besides sweeping and checking people in

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Undergraduate Physics Teaching Assistant

      Jul 19, 2021 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great staff and work environment, flexible hours

      Cons

      Compensation starts quite low, can increase over time

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Gives a lot of freedom and opportunities

      Jul 26, 2021 - Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      - Professors are open to giving varying opportunities - The work can vary

      Cons

      It is hard to find out IF there are research opportunities without any step halfway through the door

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great if you love ithaca and want free tuition for your kids

      Jul 24, 2021 - Librarian in Detroit, MI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great if you love ithaca/finger lakes, want free tuition for your kids, like the idea of working for an Ivy League institution

      Cons

      Geographically isolated, perpetually insecure about being the least elite Ivy

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