Cornell University Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 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. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent community

      Jul 22, 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
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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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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Undergraduate Physics Teaching Assistant

      Jul 19, 2021 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Ithaca, NY
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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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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great workplace

      Jul 15, 2021 - Retired in Ithaca, NY
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      Pros

      Good pay Excellent fringe benefits Outstanding colleagues Terrific students

      Cons

      Late fall weather Winter weather Early spring weather

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Wow!

      Jul 13, 2021 - Faculty 
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      Pros

      Extreme growth potential Teamwork environment Able to contribute

      Cons

      Salary can be low for amount of work needed

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to get a PhD

      Jul 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great place to get a PhD

      Cons

      Isolated, not many distractions around

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Work

      Jul 7, 2021 - General Chemistry Tutor in Ithaca, NY
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      Pros

      It's low commitment, and very fulfilling as you get to help your peers and even make new friends!

      Cons

      Not many! The pay isn't crazy wild, but neither are your hours. No complaints!

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great University, amazing culture

      Jul 12, 2021 - Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      Very great and inclusive culture. Flexible around school

      Cons

      Need to serve more ince cream

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Depends on people & department

      Jul 5, 2021 - Communications Specialist 
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      Pros

      Cornell University offers great benefits, flexible work options for certain jobs & in certain departments. Depending on where you land, you may be in the best job of your life or the worst.

      Cons

      Cornell is ripe for workplace bullying as there is almost zero accountability for faculty in how they treat staff, and many faculty have gotten away with horrible things. Staff really have no where to turn if a faculty member is treating them poorly. HR for staff doesn't cover faculty; they report to their Deans and a faculty review board. The leadership at Cornell is a mess.

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Inclusive Working Environment

      Jul 8, 2021 - Barista 
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      Pros

      Cornell University is a great place to work and grow. The people are friendly, the work is rewarding, and the town is fun.

      Cons

      Weather can get a bit crazy.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Nice working environment

      Jul 13, 2021 - Research Associate 
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      Pros

      Nice team and extensive communication

      Cons

      I have no at present

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