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Cornell University Postdoctoral Fellow Reviews

Updated 13 Dec 2019

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  1. "Generous retirement saving and full-paid time off for maternal leave."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    retirement saving is 10% of salary. No need to match. The paid time off for maternal leave is up to 6 month, which is very generous.

    Cons

    No big companies around. Hard for the spouse to find a job.

    Cornell University Response

    December 23, 2019

    Thank you for taking time to write a review. Cornell works hard to provide great benefits! Did you know that you can find resources to support job searches for spouses and partners on the HR website? https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/relocating/job-search-resources

  2. "Great"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A Great place for research

    Cons

    The weather can be bad


  3. "Research Scientist in the Immunology Department"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Colleagues, flexible work schedule, access to resources, good benefits

    Cons

    little upward mobility, little job security

  4. "Great resources, benefits"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The benefits here are really great- good medical, dental, and retirement. You're vested from day 1 and Cornell contributes 10% (for endowed employees, not sure about state employees)

    Cons

    The cost of living in Ithaca is pretty high relative to its size and location

    Cornell University Response

    April 17, 2019

    Thank you for taking time to provide feedback. We work hard to provide competitive and comprehensive benefits for Cornell employees.

  5. "Postdoc"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY

    I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Prestigious university, good labs and good exposure.

    Cons

    Postdoc stipend on a lower scale.

  6. "Cornell treats postdocs really well!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Postdocs on the Endowed side of the University are treated very well. University contributes an extra 10% of base salary to a retirement account (you are not required to match contribution), very affordable and good health care, free bus pass, free parking if you carpool with one other person (including a spouse), free access to the university gyms, ability to take classes. Also, I loved living in Ithaca. It's an especially great place to live if you have a family.

    Cons

    Great speakers do come, but not as many or as often as in major research hubs in big cities. Also, Ithaca is cold in the winter. If you like big cities, Ithaca will feel a little provincial and isolated.

  7. "Post doc"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If the small town environment is a fit - a great place to minimize distractions and focus - Ithaca is an ideal place to post doc. Opportunities to collaborate with the Weill campus in NYC abound. There are plenty of other post docs and students at this big research campus in a small town.

    Cons

    Travel is difficult, as the airport is small and Ithaca is a bit out of the way - the flip side to the above.

  8. "Good benefits"

    5.0
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    Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University for more than a year

    Pros

    It really depends on your specific appointment. Lots of freedom, good benefits

    Cons

    Relatively low pay if you have a family. Can do more on child care for employees.

  9. "Great job"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY

    I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Outstanding Research Environment, Great Faculty

    Cons

    Poor job prospects in the region

  10. "Excellent undergrad college with disjointed postdoc community"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ithaca, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The resources and faculty at Cornell are excellent. The genomics center in Biotech in particular is very helpful and convenient.

    Cons

    Networking as a postdoc and trying to create a postdoc community has been a constant struggle. Ithaca is a terribly depressing and isolating town. If you don't arrive with a social life, it is very hard to establish one.

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