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Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied.

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surgery res (Former Employee) says

"Trust me, this is not the place to do residency, especially surgery. You will be treated like dirt, actually less than dirt. There is a reason 100% of all graduates go on to fellowships, they don't teach you how to operate. This residency is a scam."

Food Service Worker Lead (Current Employee) says

"I don't even know where to start maybe start with their horrible policy where they don't contribute to your 401k until you've been there for 2 years you have to park in a parking lot and walk to your job they don't let you park at each unit wherever you're working overall the campus is not well managed all the way from building care to dining their buildings are dirty and outdated a lot of people that are in management are not qualified to be in their positions are not qualified to be"

Programmer/Analyst II (Current Employee) says

"I work for a male professor who routinely finds it necessary to manually adjust his crotch area when talking to me. Once he even unzipped his pants to do it. He has even done this in staff meetings when women were present. The pay is well below average (around the 25th percentile) but we are expected to work a minimum of 50 hours/week. The professor treats his staff with no respect. He has called an impromptu meeting that lasted until almost 6:00 and several impromptu meetings that lasted 2 hours or more and ran through the entire lunch hour. We are required to cc him on every email that we send, even to each other. Even though we have to write daily work summaries and he generally talks to everyone every day and then have to report on our work at weekly staff meetings, he claims that he needs to read all of our emails so that he can see if we are doing any work! He pressures the grad students into taking the minimum number of classes so that they can spend more time working for him. We never discuss what we should do or how we should do it or how long tasks should take; he arbitrarily decrees EVERYTHING. He'll spend an entire evening working on something but tells everyone that he did it in 40 minutes. Then he will expect us to perform similar tasks in 40 minutes! Cons: If a professor publishes enough papers, he can abuse his employees any way that they want and the university will look the other way."

Accounting Assistant (Former Employee) says

"All position, before and after this position I have always been respected and praised for my work ethic and accuracy."

Statler Hotel Night Auditor (Former Employee) says

"The Statler Hotel was one of the worst jobs I have ever held. Working for a management team that micromanaged every aspect of an employees job. The hours are long and not worth the drive."

Food Service Worker (Former Employee) says

"one sided managment if not in their click your done. they DO NOT follow the with the UNION regulations. No set policies, it depends totally on your supervisor and mangers Cons: mangement"

student (Former Employee) says

"part time labor studies, with qualified professors in a relaxed student atmosphere Cons: long travel time"

Technician (Current Employee) says

"It's all about who you know and not what you can do. The favoristim is astounding here. The work life balance is fair but the pay is sub par at best. Would not recommend"

Cook (Current Employee) says

"Poor management Cons: Too much to list"

Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant (Former Employee) says

"They are all about their politics and not at all caring of the people they hire with a disability. They have no concern that they hire someone with a disability and do nothing to assist that person."

Assistant to the Chair (Former Employee) says

"No job security. Administration in flux regarding restructuring. Some positions rewarding due to great supervisors and interactions with constituents and students. Some peers exceptional; others were difficult to collaborate with. Cons: Staff and faculty being pushed out without severance due to downsizing."

Bartender/Server (Former Employee) says

"They posted they were hiring bartenders and servers. I took the job as I thought that's what I'd be doing. Turns out, they offer jobs to just about anybody that walks in. Also, you do NOT work as a bartender/server. You work for their catering company, completely carrying heavy equipment, setting up dinner, NOT interacting with guests, breaking down, and then WASHING DISHES and ALL EQUIPMENT USED. They also hire you as a temp without telling you, as I expected it was a permanent position. You will be a glorified dish washer. Cons: constant parking tickets, lied to about work duties, temp position"

Admin Asst. - Campus Life-Residential/Event Servs (Former Employee) says

"Supervised 23 college students, working at a residential service center. Processed student mail, maintained cash drawer, updated student data, processed dorm room changes and lock replacements for lost keys and various other clerical duties"

applicatiob trainer (Former Employee) says

"great benefits but if supervisor does not like you Cons: management rude"

Dish Machine Operator (Former Employee) says

"It is a very good place to find work and possibly a career of your desire. Indeed gives you all the updates on new jobs hiring and keep you posted on upcoming ones as well. Cons: Racism, lazy co workers, only work 9 months out the year"

CAD Designer (Former Employee) says

"The people at this place of work are not interested in performance, they have an annual budget which they try to exceed in order to ask for more the following year."

MARKETING ASSISTANT (Former Employee) says

"While working for the greater Cornell University is loved by many, my time at Cornell University Press was not enjoyable. Little to no opportunity for advancement or growth, my boss told me I "wasn't paid enough to be unhappy" and if part of my requests for advancement had included a desire for a raise he "would have had to let me go, as a raise was never an option" for me, despite a glowing job performance."

Coustodian (Former Employee) says

"I busted my butt my for this plaçe and all it did is get mehurt and to this day I stillhurt I have a permanent injury the only ones that cared were my students on my floor"

Manager of Capital Projects (Former Employee) says

"managed capital projects for various departments. Procured design consultant, bid construction projects, managed schedule and budget. Enjoyed working on campus"

Research Fellow (Former Employee) says

"Did not feel like a top tier research university. Everyone kept to themselves and would not want to collaborate and work, mainly because I felt everyone was overworked in their role. Ithaca is in the middle of nowhere and transportation into and out of Ithaca were limited. The work place culture was stressful and doing research was hard due to it. Also, the campus looks beautiful, but its hard to explore by foot as it is literally built on a hill. Also, for a top research university, there were very few dining options and the ones that were available were very expensive as well."

Former Employee - Enrollment Counselor says

"I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than a year Cons: As an eCornell employee, I can attest to the negative reviews. A very chaotic and stressful environment where even doing your best isn't good enough. Top leadership is destroying the ivy league reputation of the university by using deceitful and poor business and marketing practices that potential students would only equate with a lesser caliber school. Instead of upper management accepting failure of their poor strategies, middle management is posed to create an intimidating and unproductive environment in an attempt to "grow numbers". Recently after becoming endowed employees of the university itself, many employees who were misclassified under the FLSA are now taking yet another financial hit by being paid less monthly due a pay restructuring. At no time has anyone taken responsibility for the incredible amounts of overtime that was worked by misclassified employees in an attempt to keep up with changing demands - where back pay is legally due. However, we have now had our workload increased significantly to try to meet absurd goals that are unobtainable even under the best of conditions. Because of this, many employees are forced to work off the clock and through breaks to avoid general upset from management as your "numbers" are put under a magnifying glass for the entire organization to see. While management strictly enforces the rules of "no overtime" it is impossible to complete work as assigned under the constant stress, distractions, changing strategies and leadership who uses fear and intimidation due to an inability and clear lack of experience. In an attempt to avoid backlash, employees simply do not voice their concerns or record their time accurately as they are afraid they will be terminated or retaliated against. If you like constant criticism, belittling and threats of intimidation all while being placed under a microscope having all daily activities monitored, examined and exploited to the 10th degree this is your place to work. Someone else mentioned upward mobility. There is none unless you're favored immensely."

Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant says

"I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than a year Cons: -Toxic work culture with a focus on prestige and appearance rather than quality research -Abuse, both sexual and emotional, from students and professors -Title IX and ombudsman office are understaffed and the processes in place to report assault or abuse are time consuming and triggering -Outdated scientific equipment in many labs -Working in isolation for years with no feedback on performance or career advancement opportunities -High cost of living in and around Ithaca, NY"

Current Employee - Scientific Researcher says

"I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Communication is lacking or non existent."


"I have been working at Cornell University Cons: Know what you're getting into before you sign on with Cornell. Underneath the sheen of working for an Ivy are some troubling realities: - Compensation: As staff (not sure about faculty), you will make a below-market salary. In our department, raises are capped at 2%, if you even get a raise (many staff members don't). Also, don't expect psychological raises like praise or title upgrades unless you have a stellar boss, which is a rarity at Cornell (see next point). Fight tooth and nail for the best salary you can get during hiring negotiations, because after that, you're going to be disappointed. Also forget about bonuses. - Culture: Seniority is everything, merit means little. Employees tend to be celebrated for years of service rather than their individual contributions. High performers don't stick around long at Cornell after they realize this. Thus, managers tend to be those who have sat in a chair long enough, not those who are natural leaders. - Personal/professional advancement: Nonexistent. You'll do the same job the same way for years. You'll get a paycheck but what you won't get are challenges to help you grow personally and professionally. Your input on how to improve the way things are done will be noted but never executed. After a decade or two you may be rewarded with a management position even if you'd make a terrible manager. The general attitude Cornell has toward staff is "you should feel lucky to work here" not "we're lucky to have you." - Hiring: When I was hired, it was, and may still be, Cornell policy to ask to interview your CURRENT boss during the hiring process, BEFORE you have an offer in hand. I got out of this by firmly insisting against it but it may not work for everyone. Looking back, I should have seen this as the big red flag that it was."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 5 years Cons: liberals, liberals, liberals more liberals. No diversity. Try watching Fox news for a change from CNN"

Current Employee - Acct Representative says

"I have been working at Cornell University full-time for more than 10 years Cons: I work in a place that allows workplace bullying - exclusion, yelling, micromanaging"

Current Employee - PhD Student says

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

Cook says

"I have been working at Cornell University for more than 3 years Cons: Dining: Poor management, Poor leadership, Too may chiefs, unorganized, management shows favoritism towards those in its clique, advancement not based on talent or experience, it is based on those that brown nose, does not reward employees, chefs do not work well together, poor teamwork among chefs, Poor/non-existent training, very few good cooks, pay does not match skill or experience of cooks, they either over payed or under payed, laziness is tolerated and fault is found with hard working cooks, no overtime, Union does absolutely nothing for the worker, cannot strike if we wanted to, Union is just a dues collecting agency."

Former Employee - Research Assistant says

"I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than a year Cons: I worked in a department, the Survey Research Institute, that treated their employees like trash."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Cornell University full-time for more than a year Cons: You know, students are not really employees. the rating is very distorted. Overall it is a very resource wasteful place. You get the diploma, and move on. You publish the paper, and move on."

Consuela Wilson says

"I enrolled in the eCornell certificate program sponsored through Cornell University. The program was a 12 week certificate program that cost a little over $2,500. I successfully completed the course. However a year later I decided to go back to school and I inquired about getting official transcripts from eCornell to hopefully have the program evaluated for credit at my school. For six months I was told by the eCornell student accounts "help desk" that they sent official transcripts to my school and yet my school kept denying this. I then reached out to the representative who "enrolled and sold" the ecornell program and never heard back. I then see an email from someone at the "helpdesk" directed to my college basically stating that Certificate programs are for professional development, and not intended for academic credit. Although I am disappointed, this could have been told to me six months ago rather than lying and stating that the transcripts were sent on three occasions. The email tone was harsh and lacked any empathy. Basically I have a certificate from a program that means nothing to anyone. It is not recognized by any certification institute nor can you receive consideration for college credit. I feel mislead in the sales pitch and now I have to spend another $3k to take a leading change class on the exact same change leadership subject I completed at Cornell. In hindsight I should have known better. There was no way to contact any of the professors or exchange in discussions with other students, everything was automated and managed through canvas. I got caught up in the hype of taking classes with Cornell University brand behind the name." is a non-profit organization and communications forum for social activism. This website allows users a voice to share their point of view online about what sucks in the world.

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