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MBA Program Review
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November 29 | 2015
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By dtse86 575 228
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

I have to admit that I was extremely skeptical about what people were saying about the "close-knit" nature of Johnson and if one could really feel the difference. But the reality is that although ~280 classmates and a total of ~600+ overall full-time MBA students is quite a large number of people, the fact that everything happens in one place and that the students are so actively involved in everything, makes it feel much more like a family. And the "close-knit" nature really does affect the MBA experience in that there isn't much space to "hide" in the crowd and you really get to know your classmates well.

There has been a lot of criticism lately from both internal sources and external sources regarding the direction of the program and how the school is branding itself. Personally, I do believe the school realizes this gap and is doing a fairly good job at trying to listen to the constructive feedback and address these ongoing issues. And regardless of what the school ends up doing, no school is perfect and there will always be complaints.

With that all being said, I believe that if you remove all of the strengths that the school tries to promote (tech, entrepreneurship, IB, etc) its true core strength lies in the ethical leaders that the school produces. Strong ethics and leadership is something that I see consistently with all of my classmates and the alums. Because of the way the school is structured, I see those characteristics as the only truly salient factors that distinguish between those that succeed and those that fail. The school IS strong in all of these areas simply because it's a place that tries to offer its students an overly abundant number of resources to cater to anyone's potential desires. Really, everything you need to succeed is here and if it's not, it's very likely available in the greater Cornell University community where there are seemingly endless word-class resources at your fingertips. Therefore, in order to succeed at Johnson, one needs to be very proactive and decisive when determining how to spend their 2 short years here.

Sure, the school's not perfect and they can improve in many areas, but that doesn't happen without a proactive student body and a community that really has a large interest in it's overall success. I think that Johnson currently has all of the right pieces to produce a top 10 business school experience (great diverse student body and excellent faculty) and that it's on the verge of doing so. The reason that it's not quite there yet, is that the students and the administration need to work more effectively together to execute a coordinated effort to improve the school as a whole. Once they can accomplish that, the sky's the limit!

About professors, classes and curriculum

The overall quality of the professors has been extremely impressive and it has actually exceeded my expectations. They've added some great new core faculty members that I think will fundamentally improve the MBA curriculum. Although, it is still far from perfect and the school is behind its peers as far as being more forward looking into what both the students are looking for and what employers value from MBA's.

Like I said, the professors are excellent, however the overall curriculum and course offerings could use a new structure and potentially a total overhaul. They did add two new courses to the core, however I don't think they looked at how those additional courses effectively fit into the overall picture with the existing courses and to prevent overlap, they need to reassess the structure of each course in the core.

But, I do like the freedom of choice that the program allows and for the most part, one can select their own unique MBA experience once one completes the core (which for the most part is complete after the first semester). This flexibility is fairly unique to the school and offers its students the option to customize their education for what they believe their career needs are.

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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

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MBA Program Review
Cornell Johnson
March 05 | 2016
3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
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     By amaterasu 87 10
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

In overall, the program is good. Professors are top-notch, but competition is fierce as is expected in any top business school. It is really hard to get A's. You work too much on your class commitments and this alone hampers students' efforts towards recruiting.

Career Center is not as good. They are not very helpful even if the school size is not that much. I do not believe any member of career center has ever found any student something tangible.

Some companies such as FB, MSFT, Airbnb do not come to campus. Almost all IB companies come.

Make a wise selection, I would not have selected Cornell if I had been accepted by HBS and Stanford, even MIT and Berkeley. If you are not a US Citizen, you will not get any scholarships, however some other top schools at the caliber of Cornell provide such scholarships: Tuck, Darden are some of them.

Alumni are willing to help, but I do not believe that they will beat those of Tuck :)

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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

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Investment Banking

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Career opportunities provided by school

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MBA Program Review
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     By koteho 28 11
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Cornell One Year MBA Program

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

I pursued the one-year accelerated MBA (AMBA) from 2014-2015, and two years post graduation, the 13-month period seems such a blur! As we were taught at Johnson, I will employ a framework to structure my thoughts [picking up consultant lingo here ... ha :-) ]

Informationals and admission - Because I already had a grad degree and 4 years of work experience afterwards, I considered Johnson's AMBA program only. I didn't want to change industry, and therefore a two-year program would not have benefited me much more than the AMBA program. I made this abundantly clear during my pre-admission visit to Sage Social (4 PM on Thursdays), in my essays, and during my on-site interview.

TIP#1 - As I noted after getting into the program, if adcom knows your name or knows that you visited campus, it makes a world of difference for your chances of getting into the program.

Summer core - Okay - now we're into the program. The AMBA program is actually three semesters - summer, fall, and spring. The summer core is by far the most grueling, with some courses lasting as little as 5 days! In all honesty, during the summer core courses, you are trying to keep your head above the water, knowing full well that recruiting preparation is also starting alongside. This seemingly never-ending onslaught is partly by design, where you are being subject to long hours indoors, and basically are spending 10+ hours in school 5+ days a week. If that doesn't create the close-knit community that Johnson is proud of, nothing will :-)

TIP#2 - Don't expect to master everything during the summer - you really have to pick and choose.

Fall/spring semesters - This is more "relaxed" as relaxed Johnson School curriculum goes! All my classes were mixed with the two-year students, who by now were back from summer internships. During the fall and spring semesters, recruiting is front and center, with on-campus interviews and a barrage of corporate info session. The countless case interviews you practiced in the summer pay dividends here, and the consultant-wannabees are now in their element. In the class of 2015, management consulting companies scooped up around 10 (of 70) classmates.

"Internship" - I know people fear that the lack of an internship will put AMBAs at an unequal footing, but the school does try to compensate with a management practicum, a semester-long course which mimics the internship experience. Working with real companies (and potential hiring managers), this is a chance to experience what an internship would be like. The catch? You take this "course" along with other fall semester courses in small teams (not individually). Around 75% of the AMBA class partook in the management practicum.

In all fairness, the AMBA program was not intended for career switchers, and an internship (or lack thereof) is by design.

TIP#3 - Take the management practicum as an alternative to the internship offered by a two-year program.

Career - The year flies fast, I mean FAST! Especially for a tech-focused graduate where most recruiting happens just-in-time close to graduation, it can definitely be unnerving as other classmates are getting offers! This would bring me to my closing tip -

TIP#4 - create a plan with the career advisers, don't get unnerved, and operate according to your recruiting game plan. You're smart - you'll be fine!

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
Johnson Review
May 30 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By nmills 8 6
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Cornell One Year MBA Program

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

This is a great program for JD/MBAs. If you are looking for a 3-year JD/MBA program that will get you a great job, this is it. The program is flexible and will work with you as long as you know how to appeal to the system. Though the program does seem a bit dysfunctional at times, it is overall well-ran.

For upcoming applicants, be sure to take your LSAT and GMAT before you enter into the JD program; there is not enough time to take the GMAT while you are doing your JD. The JD program is definitely more difficult.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Admissions Team

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
Cornell at it's Finest
May 26 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By jskipp 7 7
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

The Johnson MBA program is a world renowned experience. It is an immersive experience and challenging opportunity. With it's incredible faculty, career service center, and environment, Johnson is the star of Cornell's Ithaca campus.

This was the most integrative experience of my life. At Johnson, the students - your peers - become your siblings, the faculty become your Aunts and Uncles. This means, you are fully supported while going through this rigorous program. No one is left behind.

For future applicants, be ready for teamwork and peer leadership. This program will help establish you as a leader no matter where life takes you.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Be sure to take Management Cases. It's difficult but will bring you a job offer!

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Tech

Can be improved:

Location


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MBA Program Review
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     By t1234 17 6
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I'm a Johnson grad and I had an amazing experience at Johnson - I highly recommend it as a program, and I think it particularly over performs given its current standing in top ~20 rankings.

1st year - Great core curriculum, lots of focus on hard skills (finance, accounting, data analytics, etc.) that really set me apart from skills that my colleagues gained at other top tier programs. When I went to my internship (top tech firm) I was able to impress and over-deliver. Data analytics with Prof. Schmidt was especially useful. Ithaca isn't exactly a sprawling metropolis but it does have some great bars and is overall a pleasant place to spent 1.5 years. I also met some truly lifelong friends in the program. 1st year academics are definitely tough but worth it.

2nd year - After I got my full time offer, career services helped me negotiate and leverage other opportunities. I built on that academic expertise, built friendships, and had an overall wonderful experience branching outside of Johnson and into the larger Cornell community. Also, Cornell/Johnson network is amazing at NYC and West Coast firms.

Highly recommend Johnson to anyone interested in a great education with a great community.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Location

Facilities

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)


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MBA Program Review
Johnson Experience
May 25 | 2017
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By premkhosla 2 0
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Great program especially if you want to go into Investment Banking. Had the opportunity to interview with every firm. The preparation and alumni support exceeded my expectations. The immersion is the best part of the program. You receive constant feedback and preparation for your summer internship. As a result, you are able to hit the ground running over the summer.

The core is tough, to succeed you must have good time management skills as many people juggle recruiting, school and their personal life.

Being in Ithaca is great especially if you know you are going to a big city after graduation. You really get to know your classmates, and if you like the outdoors this is perfect for you.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Culture & Student Support

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Small School with Global Reach
February 02 | 2017
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     By 20MBA15 48 16
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

The most important criteria for choosing business school to me were:
- small class
- strong brand identity and culture
- career opportunities

I am very happy that Johnson checked off all the requirements for me. I appreciate the small class that we have. It allows us to build strong friendships and to really get to know each other. We are all very committed to our school and very supportive of one another. Second years went out of their way to help the first years during the recruiting process. I would not have been able to change careers from media and entertainment into consulting post graduation without the support of my fellow classmates.

Johnson has a very distinct culture and is remotely located. Future applicants need to visit Ithaca to see the school's location for itself. Living in a small rural town, even if just for 2 years, is not for everybody. It is a great break from the big city life though.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Location


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MBA Program Review
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     By bicu17 15 5
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Overall, Johnson is a great school. However, the experience can vary depending on the career choice. This should be the main consideration. There are many recruiting options for IB, Consulting,, Marketing, Finance. Significantly less opportunities for Asset Management and Tech. The latter is partially the function of an industry where there are no structural recruiting processes and much of recruiting is just in time.

Student body has interesting backgrounds, down to earth personalities. The culture is very collaborative.

Curriculum is rigorous and can be great or not so great depending on recruiting schedule and background.

Lots of advantages from the wider Cornell network (classes, facilities, alumni)

About job placement process

Asset Management is tough. Alumni can be helpful but opportunities are scarce. Need to do a lot of individual work.

Preparation could be improved as well for investment management jobs.

Overall BSchool experience
     (3.0)
Schools contribution
     (2.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
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     By bschoolbound2016 1 6
This review is for: Johnson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Overall, the 2-year full-time program at the Johnson School has been a great experience so far. Be warned that the fall of first year is an intense, fast-moving semester of 6 core courses (split into two half-semesters) that will really push you in terms of workload (7am quizzes, multiple deadlines in quick succession). But the advantage of this approach lies in Johnson's unique ability to offer self-selected Immersion coursework in the spring semester, which should give you a leg-up on your summer internship because you spend an entire semester taking a pre-defined set of courses relevant to your desired functional area. Being located where it is in rural upstate New York, diversity of talent can be an issue but the school continues to work on this and has done an admirable job recruiting underrepresented minorities, women, LGBT candidates, etc. Recently there has been increased attention on the newly-formed College of Business and the cross-pollination that allows between three previously separate schools (Johnson, Dyson, and Statler). The new Dean of Johnson is well-respected and makes every effort to be involved and engaged with the community.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Cornell professors are pretty top-notch and many will be involved in the Sage community via our weekly Sage Social happy hours. If there's one complaint I have, it's that administrators are somewhat slow in communicating important dates to students - for example, the academic calendar for the upcoming semester is released fairly late in the fall and doesn't leave much time to make travel arrangements far enough in advance.

About job placement process

Professional clubs are available to guide and facilitate the internship and full-time placement process. For Consulting and especially Banking, these clubs push you hard and have second-year officers who can sometimes come across (intentionally or not) as intimidating or overly strict. We also have Career Work Groups consisting of 2 second-years leaders and around 6 first-years that are geared towards recruiting for a particular function (i.e. Banking, Tech, Consulting, CPG Marketing, etc). Some groups are stronger than others depending on the composition of the second year class and their previous internship experiences.

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support


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