Current Faculty and Staff Members
Find helpful information to assist you throughout your career at Carnegie Mellon. Learn more about how to make the most of the benefits available to you and explore opportunities to get involved.
Workday provides employees with self-service options to complete many HR and payroll tasks, including electing and changing benefits and retirement savings contributions, updating personal information, submitting time (hourly employees), requesting Paid Time Off and viewing payslips. Refer to Workday Guides for step-by-step instructions to complete common tasks in Workday.
Change Your Benefits During the Plan Year
- Changes to benefit elections must be submitted in Workday within 30 days of the qualifying event.
- Quick Guide: Change Benefit Elections [pdf]
- Documentation is required within 30 days of submitting the change in Workday.
- Dependents must be verified in Workday with documentation that confirms their relationship to you. Review Accepted Dependent Eligibility Documentation [pdf] to determine what is required.
- Documentation confirming the life event is also required. Review Required Documentation Confirming Life Events [pdf] to determine what is needed to approve the benefit change.
- You will receive a Workday notification once your benefit elections are approved. Enrollment information is sent to the insurance carriers the Monday morning after your elections are approved.
- Beginning the Wednesday after your elections are sent to the carrier(s), you can create user accounts on your insurance carriers’ websites.
- Temporary insurance cards (ID cards) can be printed through your user account.
- Permanent insurance cards are sent within 7–10 business days.
TES employees transferring to a regular position with the same benefit eligibility are not permitted to make new benefit elections.
Student workers who are enrolled in student health coverage and move to a faculty or staff position can waive duplicate coverage at the time of hire and then submit a Loss of Outside Coverage life event effective August 1 to replace the coverage lost on July 31.
Change Your Retirement Contributions
- Carnegie Mellon provides two retirement savings plans:*
- Carnegie Mellon University Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan (FSRP) for eligible faculty and staff who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
- Carnegie Mellon University 401(k) Plan (401(k) Plan) for eligible employees who are, on their hire date, either a non-U.S. citizen or a non-U.S. resident (non-resident alien)
- The university contributes an amount equal to 8% of eligible base salary (9.78% for employees on a nine-month appointment) for eligible employees.
- Eligible faculty members, staff members and student workers can make supplemental contributions by payroll deduction. Employee contributions are effective the first of the month following the date the election is submitted in Workday, unless a future date is designated. You can elect to contribute up to 100% of your pay if you are eligible for the FSRP, or from .25% (¼%) to 100% of your pay if you are eligible for the 401(k) Plan. Elections cannot be made retroactively to a prior or current month or date, unless the election is changing to zero. Contact the HR Service Center to change your retirement elections to zero for the current month.
- Learn how to roll over assets from an outside institution to CMU and request distributions.
- Create a user account with TIAA [pdf] to designate/update your beneficiary(ies) or change investment options once your first contribution (employee or employer) is made. Changes can also be made by calling TIAA at 800-842-2776.
- View retirement savings education opportunities, including one-on-one counseling sessions, webinars and on-campus workshops.
View Time Away from Work Options
- Ten official holidays and up to three floating holidays, depending on your start date
- Paid Time Off — review guidelines and accrual schedule
- Quick Guide: Request Time Off [pdf]
- Leave types available to eligible employees:
Apply for Tuition Benefits
Benefits-eligible faculty and staff members can receive tuition remission or assistance for themselves and their dependent children. Courses may be taken at CMU or at another institution.
- Learn more about tuition benefits including eligibility, benefit level and taxation implications.
- Find step-by-step instructions for submitting a tuition benefit application for a faculty or staff member [pdf].
- Find step-by-step instructions for submitting a tuition benefit application for a dependent [pdf].
- Contact the HR Service Center to discuss the application process and taxation prior to enrolling in courses.
Learn About Child Care Benefits
Carnegie Mellon offers two benefit programs to assist with child care costs: the Cyert Center for Early Education Sliding Scale benefit and a Dependent Care Reimbursement Account.
- The Cyert Center for Early Education is a full-day early care and education program serving the university. The Sliding Scale benefit provides eligible employees with a reduction in the Cyert Center’s tuition rate, taking into account your family income for the prior calendar year.
- Carnegie Mellon offers a Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) to help you lower your dependent care expenses by paying with tax-free money. Learn more about the DCRA benefit and tax implications.
You can make changes to your personal information, including legal and preferred name, address and phone numbers; payment elections (direct deposit); and tax elections.
- Learn how to change your personal information in Workday.
- FocusU and LinkedIn Learning provide faculty and staff members with opportunities for professional and personal development.
- The Office of Human Resources offers advice on growing your career and maximizing your performance at Carnegie Mellon.
- Mentoring relationships can be established through formal programs such as Staff Council and the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association.
- Looking for a new challenge? Review available opportunities at Careers@Carnegie Mellon.
Carnegie Mellon's policies ensure fair treatment of all individuals.
- Browse Staff Council's anytime discounts and event discounts by season.
- Explore the discounts and perks available to CMU employees including banking services, transportation, real estate services, retail savings, entertainment discounts and wireless communication savings.
- Find information about annual campus events and ongoing event listings.
- Learn about opportunities to get involved through Staff Council.
- Explore volunteer opportunities on campus.
- Read The Piper, the university's weekly community newsletter.
- Review the university's healthy living resources.
- Learn more about the fitness facilities and programs, including free Group-X classes, available to faculty and staff.
- Sign up for the Be Well newsletter and learn how to be well, be mindful and be connected.
- Learn how to contribute to United Way.
As you prepare for retirement, review the resources provided by the Office of Human Resources and the university's retirement plan vendors.