Cornell University PhD Student Reviews

Updated 6 Jun 2020

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  1. "Excellent peers, amazing campus"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Beautiful and peaceful campus, excellent job opportunities

    Cons

    There is not a lot to do in the city

  2. "PhD Student ECE Department"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The salary is good and flexibility to choose a particular area of research as well.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, as expected I guess.


  3. "Graduate student"

    4.0
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    PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cornell University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compensation is good especially compared to other programs in my field.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in assignation of TAship and GAship roles.

  4. "Productive Graduate student at Cornell University"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with world class resources and researchers available.

    Cons

    Isolated location, making it hard to travel in and out.

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  5. "Material Science PhD student"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers and advisor. Lab run really well. Enough funding

    Cons

    Long hours, graduation unclear, low pay

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Money is the most important factor here!"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Student 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    You get a chance to meet a ton of great people here! But, unfortunately, these people are not the one who have the power to help you if you have a problem.

    Cons

    Money runs Cornell. If your PI can bring a lot of money to Cornell, no one cares how they treat their students or if they even pay their students.

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  7. "Excellent university in a small town"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are great, it's an intensely stimulating atmosphere, and there's a ton of beautiful nature nearby. My department (mathematics) in particular is very friendly, with a lot of incredible, computational and theoretical work going on.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's annoying that Cornell University is a long ways away from any major city center. If you love night life, there's not a lot going on in Ithaca.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Just 1 Grad"

    3.0
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    PhD Graduate Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cornell University

    Pros

    Wide variety of research areas, generally very collaborative and cross-disciplinary atmosphere, "Top-10" school, great location with good local culture. Chemistry Department is rigorous.

    Cons

    For the Chemistry Department... relatively narrow-minded outlook on future careers. Principal Investigators mostly out for themselves, with little care for other PIs or research outside of their own area. Graduate student life depends highly on the lab they join - some PIs respect a reasonable work-life balance, while most others expect the world to revolve around their research with little regard for students' families and personal life or interests. Essentially no rewards/acknowledgements for meeting or exceeding expectations, as the expectations seem to be more and more. Not uncommon to encounter individuals (including PIs) that will try intimidation techniques or flat out lie to manipulate others (i.e., for motivation purposes).

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  9. "Graduate student"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location, many outdoor opportunities

    Cons

    Far from any major city and isolated from network of biotech start ups

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  10. "Hard work but mostly worth it"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very prestigious (good for applying to jobs), and lots of very smart people (good for making connections). The research facilities are generally good, and the campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Because of the prestige and general intelligence, expectations are very high and you are expected to do a lot of hard work. The winters are long and harsh too, which can add to the stress.

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