Cashier /Customer Service (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh PA – August 4, 2014
A typical day at work for me would be cleaning around my station and preparing for the students breakfast, lunch or dinner. I work around a wonderful staff crew and management is excellent. I would say the only thing hard about my job is when different people come from other countries with a strong accent, but that rarely happens. The most enjoyable part of my job would be meeting new people everyday.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – October 24, 2016
As a post-doc, you do not exist at this university. There is nothing for postdocs: no seminar, no gathering, no recreational activity, no information such as the salary range or the number of post-docs, and no career development.
Pay for researchers is the minimum that the law allows.
They try their best not to spend money. According to the department head, the pay is the least to discourage postdoc employment because the same money can be spent hiring graduate students and the larger the number of the graduates, the better the look of his resume.
The carpets, AC's, desks etc. in some offices are as old as the university. Very often, there are cockroaches in the hallways. The management does not even bother with keeping the space clean. Food quality on campus is miserable.
University Center Manager (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – October 23, 2016
I have been at Carnegie Mellon almost 20 years. Though the pay is not great and the advancement has not been good for me, it is good for some people here. The jobs are secure and the benefits are good--especially if your children go to college here. All in all, it has been a positive experience.
Secure and good benefits
Unless you are a white male, not great advancement opportunities.
ADMISSIONS & ENROLLMENT COORDINATOR (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – February 29, 2016
The work was not what I was told it would be when I accepted the position. It was very basic, nothing challenging. There was no room for advancement within the department. Management was stuffy and condescending. I always asked for extra work to do and was told "when I have something for you, I'll let you know, just do what you are told to do." It was a very demeaning type atmosphere. Management was top heavy. Twelve managers to 4 coordinators. The culture is very liberal and the department had many foreign students. I would have liked to have worked more closely with the students.
Hour for lunch and pay was great
Management, no open door policy or room for discussion
Great place, you are surrounded by seriously smart people
Research Intern, Database Group (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – April 2, 2016
You would have productive hours day in day out There is no scarcity of motivation Others perform so well that you are inspired to give it your best Challenging problems to be solved Smartest co-workers you can ask for You feel like working more and love your workplace Sometimes the challenge might get to you, but that is a test of your character You put in hours when you work best, so that the best comes out of you
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – January 10, 2017
Working at CMU has been an amazing experience that has greatly shaped my outlook on statistics and teaching. I have gained many skills working here and would recommend it to anyone looking for a job at CMU.
custodial services (Former Employee) – pittsburgh, pa – July 27, 2015
A typical day at work consists of gathering your products for the work night and heading to your building to complete the task at hand.I learned a lot while i was there. some good and some bad. The good for example would be using new machines and different tactics. The bad would be fending for your self. Couldnt depend on management. My co-workers at CMU was some of the best ive ever had. They were all very hard workers. The hardest part of the job would have to be some of the unrealistic tasks that supervisors would expect you to finish. The most enjoyable part of the job would be the working environment. Learning new things about the buildings that i was in.
Wonderful place to work only let down by the funding issues inherent in science work.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – February 8, 2016
I worked at the Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at CMU as a lab assistant and it was easily one of the best jobs I've ever had. I learned innumerable things about language and AI tech as well as about education in general. Management was absolutely wonderful, genuinely concerned for employee's well-being and extremely personable without ever giving up leadership status. The folks I worked with were fascinating, from every walk of life and a joy to be around. The hardest part of the job was watching the same video clips again and again while trying to annotate exactly what conversational strategies were being used, balancing a smidgen of instinct with observable fact. The most enjoyable part was knowing how my work was actually making a difference in the world and furthering scientific study.
Flexible hours, very low-stress work environment, a job that truly means something to you
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – June 28, 2016
Working at CMU was a dream come true. My department of nine co-workers and I worked well together and my boss was quite supportive and gave us many chances for continuing education which I appreciated.