HR @ Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon is a global research university recognized for academic excellence, groundbreaking research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Human Resources supports the university's efforts to attract, develop and retain a world-class, diverse workforce. Recognizing that each employee plays an important role in advancing Carnegie Mellon’s success, Human Resources also provides a variety of high-quality programs and services that help employees thrive. Our website provides information about these programs and services, as well as Carnegie Mellon’s benefits programs. If you have any questions, please contact us.

What's Happening in Human Resources

Family & Child Care Resources Available

We are pleased to announce a new resource for CMU families. Our Family & Child Care Resources page provides information and resources helpful to parents, families, and children of all ages. Included on the site:

  • Directories of child care providers in the area
  • Tips for selecting quality child care
  • Links to CMU-related medical programs and area medical resources
  • Links to regional family activities
  • Parenting resources
  • A directory of educational and athletic programs and camps in the region - including many with CMU affiliations

Learn more about Family & Child Care Resources.

Retirement Fund Line-Up Changes Effective May 15th

As previously announced, changes to the investment fund line-up for the University’s Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan and the 401(k) Plan will take place on May 15th at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Review the May 15th Retirement Changes Overview [pdf] and the TIAA-CREF and Vanguard Fund Line-up Comparison - May 2015[pdf] for more information.

For detailed information about all changes to retirement accounts, please visit the Retirement Savings page.

New FAQs for the Retirement Plan Changes

In order to help you better understand the upcoming retirement plan changes and to provide you with information about what action, if any, needs to be taken by you, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs") for the Retirement Plan Changes [pdf]. The FAQs are based on the feedback and inquiries we have received from colleagues during the educational sessions held on campus and individual inquiries about the changes.

As we continue through the transition process, we will update the FAQs as necessary. Please feel free to check the FAQs link for updates.

Changes to Retirement Plans Effective April 1, 2015

Significant changes to the University’s retirement plans will be occurring effective April 1, 2015. These changes will include a new core lineup of funds with very competitive fees, and a much wider selection of funds from a variety of providers that will satisfy the needs of participants who want more flexibility and choice. Objective retirement investment guidance will also be available for those who want it. (Funds within the self-directed brokerage option are not eligible for this guidance.) 

To permit the University to be able to implement these improvements, effective April 1, 2015, the Carnegie Mellon University Tax Deferred Annuities (TDA) Plan will be merged into the Carnegie Mellon University Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan (FSRP). The Carnegie Mellon University 401(k) Plan, which is limited to non-U.S. Citizens and non-U.S. residents (non-resident aliens), will not change and will continue to be a separate retirement plan. Thus, effective April 1, 2015, you will either be a participant in the FSRP or the 401(k) Plan.

A new set of investment choices will be implemented beginning April 1, 2015. This new structure has been designed to help all participants make informed investment decisions, taking into account their personal goals, their tolerance for risk and their desire to actively manage their investments.

Learn more about these changes:

New Offer Letter Templates Available

We have updated the Offer Letter Templates to provide information about Pennsylvania Act 153, which requires certain Child Protective Services clearances. The new templates, which are specific to the employee status and position, include references to Workday and the CMUWorks Service Center. Please use the new Offer Letter Templates going forward when preparing to make an offer to employees. Learn more about Extending an Offer and the new templates (CMU password required).