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Why Cornell?

Considering where to build your career? Listen to what Cornell employees have to say about working here, and check out some of the reasons our workplace stands apart.

Total Rewards

It’s about so much more than your salary and the basic benefits. It’s about having resources and support for yourself and those you care for, and opportunities that enrich your life.  We take pride in offering competitive compensation and a generous total rewards package that enhances your health, wealth, and wellness, and in turn, makes Cornell an award-winning employer of choice.

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Cornell Cares

Cornell genuinely cares about our employees. We invest in our people, because we know that a great university depends on staff who feel secure and empowered. We prioritize employee wellbeing through programs like flexible work arrangements, mental health benefits, career development, and a culture of appreciation.

Learn about our workplace culture

A Place To Thrive

Cornell is an open-minded and dynamic environment with an abundance of opportunities to grow and develop, both professionally and personally. As an employee, you can take advantage of a vast spectrum of educational and cultural experiences. Learn new skills, expand your interests, be inspired - you'll find no end to the ways you can feed your passions.

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A Welcoming Community

When you join the Big Red community of Cornellians, it’s a life-long membership. We are a community of over 250,000 students, staff, faculty, and alumni reaching every corner of the world. At Cornell, you'll work with, among, and contribute to a rich tapestry of people across a brilliant spectrum of cultural and individual experiences.  Diversity in all its many forms is crucial to everything we do as a university. As a workplace, we aim to empower you to be your best, most authentic self.

Cornell's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Meaningful Work

Every single job at Cornell supports the university's mission: to discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge, to educate the next generation of global citizens, and to promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community. Cornell is also committed to serving the public to enhance the lives of people in New York and around the world. In short, when you work at Cornell, you are working to make the world a better place. Our jobs support medical and veterinary breakthroughs, agricultural discoveries to better feed the world, research to understand and engineer sustainable solutions for the impacts of climate crisis, preservation of ancient knowledge, exploration of outer space and subatomic physics ... to name just a few of the astonishing efforts that happen on a daily basis here. Yeah, it's pretty cool.

Learn about research being done at Cornell


Cornell is here to stay. In our 150-year history, the Cornell community has come through wars, recessions, and pandemics. We are among the largest employers in New York state and the largest employer in Tompkins County. Our commitment to our people and our mission is for the long haul. Get a sense of Cornell's proud history and the energy here by watching this 20 minute video:

Watch "Glorious To View"