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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A Decent Education & An Unhealthy Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to cutting-edge equipment and the opportunity to work with extremely talented people in a wide range of scientific, business, and artistic fields.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, I experienced horrid management by professors: employee infighting was encouraged, falsified data was pushed for publication, emotionally volatile/immature bosses were the norm. There was a lack of clear goals for every professor I worked with and unpaid overtime was the norm. We were promised jobs only if we did everything they said and constantly threatened if we stepped out of line or questioned...

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    Advice to Management

    Train your professors in management. Give your graduate students a voice, perhaps with a union. Study what other US academic institutions are doing. You cannot get away with squeezing everyone, professors as well as students, for more work and less pay forever.

    Cornell University2019-06-12

    Cornell University Response

    June 13, 2019

    Cornell is committed to the success of our graduate students and to the integrity of our research, teaching, and engagement mission. We take reports of misconduct seriously. Cornell encourages the commenter to provide details of their complaint by filing an EthicsPoint complaint at ...

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  2. "Graduate Student in the Physics Department"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Excellent resources for experimental physicists and engineers. The nanofabrication facility (CNF) is outstanding, providing access to state of the art tools and expert advise from staff. Cornell Center for Materials Research also has some great tools for microscopy, device characterization, and fabrication. - Tons of talks and seminars accessible to students. The graduate society is very active and organizes frequent...

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    Cons

    - If you don't like the cold, you will have a bad time. Winters can be pretty harsh, making travel difficult. - Ithaca is far away from pretty much everything. - This is mostly universal for grad school, but work life balance can be non existent at times. Be prepared to spend late nights and weekends on campus. - Housing can be a little expensive, especially if you want to live near campus. - Career guidance...

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    Cornell University2018-01-31
  3. "Good school for graduate studies"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A great place to pursue your graduate studies

    Cons

    Ithaca has very harsh winter

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Cornell University2017-08-24

    Cornell University Response

    August 28, 2017Staffing Consultant

    Thanks for the great review!

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent stipend for the location

    Cons

    The location is remote and cold

    Cornell University2017-04-03

    Cornell University Response

    April 5, 2017Staffing Consultant

    We'll admit that we can't control the weather but we try our best to get you connected to major cities. Try checking out the campus to campus bus service that runs 3 time a day to NYC.

  5. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Cornell University

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    None to speak of. They were great.

    Advice to Management

    None

    Cornell University2016-05-24

    Cornell University Response

    May 27, 2016Staffing Consultant

    Thanks for the great review!

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag, some good, some bad."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Cornell is a nice community. Ithaca, despite being a small town in the middle of nowhere in central New York, has a lot going for it. Cornell pays its grad students well, though cost of living is higher here than it would be in a small town without the university in this area. Public transportation is good for a small town (in that it exists at all), but isn't comparable to what you'd find in an actual city.

    Cons

    Cornell is in the middle of nowhere. Grad students in some departments, or working for some PIs, are treated like dirt, kept here for too long than should be allowed (seven, eight, or more years sometimes), and sometimes without pay. Many departments don't disclose where their students find employment.

    Cornell University2015-06-27
  7. "Excellent place to work, even as a student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
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    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    We had a very flexible work schedule, so I could set my own schedule each week. I liked my supervisor and the work I was doing.

    Cons

    The timecards are submitted mid week each week which makes planning out hours strange trying to stay below the maximum I was allowed to work each week.

    Cornell University2015-03-18
  8. "Great place to work/do research...for 5 years"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really cool town, lots of collaboration happening, good professors and colleagues, great campus, lots of nature to explore on the weekends

    Cons

    Can start to feel a little small after a few years, no major city you'd want to go to within a few hours drive

    Cornell University2014-10-18
  9. "Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    You choose your area of interest

    Cons

    Never ending work, low salary

    Advice to Management

    You lead undergraduates

    Cornell University2010-10-15
  10. "Cornell University - Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Ithaca, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    The environment is very collaborative and supports communication between researchers and laboratories. This fosters both innovation and efficiency in research.

    Cons

    Central New York in general is extremely cold during the winters, where frequent snow and the lack of sunshine leads to a rather poor quality of life. Additionally, Cornell University is located in an area with little choice in types of food cuisines.

    Advice to Management

    No comment.

    Cornell University2009-02-26
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