Carnegie Mellon University Employee Reviews

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Energetic research team with experienced coworkers
Research Assistant (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAAugust 20, 2015
The main task was basically to conduct Post Occupancy Evaluation as a research assistant at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University. It was not about seating myself on a chair and staring at the computer screen for the whole day. Instead, I sometimes went for a on-site investigation in a building and sometimes made copies of notes and collected data for analysis. The hardest part was once that I could not communicate in English with my co-workers well enough for them to understand my ideas instantly, while now I have been able to do so. Love the guys from different countries all round the globe and the varieties of our projects.
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Great work place
Gardner (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAAugust 6, 2015
Gardening and up keep of area assigned. Excellent benefits. Great co-workers and team work. Involved in safety committee meeting for a safe work place.
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wouldnt recommend working here
custodial services (Former Employee), pittsburgh, paJuly 27, 2015
Pros: regular union raises
Cons: management
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.
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Satisfying research
PhD Candidate (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAJune 19, 2015
Very glad to be a part of the Bruchez group working on fluorogenic dyes for biological applications. The CMU experience is truly wonderful.
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A unique and interesting work environment
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAApril 30, 2015
A unique and interesting work environment. Cultures in schools and departments may vary slightly, but the overall experience is positive and you are guaranteed to meet great co-workers (future friends).
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Inspiring place, but you'll work a lot!
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAApril 28, 2015
Great place to work. Culture totally depends on the college or institute you work for within the university. For example, the business school will be a lot more business-like compared to the fine arts school, where things are a lot more relaxed. Either way, you will work hard -- but it's a great respectable university. The new president is making a lot of great strides. The only downside, as with a lot of higher ed institutions, you often work in a silo.
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Great pay, insular place
Visiting Assistant Professor (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAApril 25, 2015
Pros: Pay, Students, Campus Location
Cons: Work-life Balance
CMU pays faculty well, but it is also a competitive and challenging environment. Outstanding students, beautiful campus, consumed by a work ethic that is unlike 99% of private industry. As the students attest, overwork is celebrated.
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The grader's working is pretty good.
Grader (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAApril 13, 2015
 Help grading in Hydraulic Structure.

I learned how to communicate with the students as well as the teacher. I also learn some about hydraulic structure again.

The hardest part of the work is that I have to spend some time on grading, despite the fact that I was really busy at that time.
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Love CMU
Graduate Assistant (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAApril 8, 2015
Carnegie Mellon University is a geek school. You work hard and you learn a lot from it.
The graduate assistant is a position that graduate student help teachers to do some researches.
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Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee), PittsburghApril 3, 2015
Pros: Great opportunities to perform cutting edge research
Cons: high-stress environment
Great opportunities to perform cutting edge research with talented students and faculty but very high-stress environment with little flexibility.
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Productive and interesting work place
Senior Administrative Coordinator (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAMarch 13, 2015
Pros: excellent benefits
Cons: normal academic issues
Working at the Library at Carnegie Mellon means interacting with a large variety of people. I consider this a benefit as the days are rarely the same twice.
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Great research environment. Nice working environment.
Asset Preservation Manager & Adjunct Professor (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 27, 2015
CMU provides a great environment for anyone who like computer science. All programs are related to CS so that there are a lot of interdisciplinary studies.
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Good intern
BIM Engineer Research Intern (Former Employee), PittsburghFebruary 14, 2015
● Developed plugins for Autodesk Revit Building Information software in C#.
● Created Sensor linkage for building information model of Scaife Hall at CMU requested by Toshiba Corporation.
● Modeled highway bridges located at Boston and calibrated them based on Laser-scanned files.
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Fun
Building Supervisor (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 10, 2015
I was the building supervisor which mainly entailed handling communications between the university and all student organizations.
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Excellent University
Graduate Education (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 7, 2015
This is an creative and productive place. It gives me freedom to learn what I want. I really like the academic atmosphere here and really enjoy studying here.
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Productive friendly working enviroment
Research assistant (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 1, 2015
As a PhD. student, I am an independent researcher. My typical day at work starts with brainstorming ideas and analyzing my available data to verify my ideas. Sometimes when I come up with great ideas I often go to my adviser to discuss about them. He is always available to listen to my ideas, and helps me realize many aspects of my ideas.

Over the years, I have learned to become a good problem solver, a good data analyzer, and be creative or think-outside-of-a-box person.

Every week, I have a group meeting with colleagues. I have learned to be a team player. But in some occasions, I led meetings' agenda. I have had respects and acknowledgements from them. It is not quite easy to convince senior physicists, but if you present your ideas with enough evidences they will believe you-that is what really great about our group, people are open-minded.

I have one main thesis project but I usually work on several projects at a same times during my PhD years. I do enjoy multitasking because they keep me busy and make me feel, embarrassedly, important. Yet sometimes I feel overwhelmed and stressed out. That I guess is the hardest part of my research career.

I enjoy doing data analysis because I am always curious about what I can learn from the data. Another enjoyable aspect of my works is that every project most likely needs its own approach. It helps me improve my problem solving skill and my creativity.
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Great place to work, challenging, and good benefits
Research Associate (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 22, 2015
Hardest part of working in research at CMU is the lack of job security. When funding is a problem, you need to look for other work.
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A great School to Attend
Student (Former Employee), PittsburghJanuary 20, 2015
As a student it is a very intense school to be in. The workload is very heavy, but learning experience is rewarding as well.
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Engaging environment with lots of mentors
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 19, 2015
A typical day usually has me going through lab and helping students. Grading is also done by me.
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Undergraduate Researcher (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 6, 2015
Good work environment. Working with graduate students and professor was professional but not uptight. I was given plenty of freedom but was given enough guidance that I wasn't in the dark.
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