Carnegie Mellon University

Your First Month

Once your onboarding tasks are complete, learn more about how to make the most of the benefits available to you and explore opportunities to get involved.

On this page:

Benefits Enrollment

  • Full-time and part-time benefits-eligible employees: Benefit elections must be submitted in Workday within 30 days of your hire date. You will receive weekly reminder emails noting your submission deadline.
  • Adding Dependents: Dependents must be verified in Workday with documentation [pdf] that confirms their relationship to you. Documentation must be submitted within 30 days of your enrollment date.
  • Adding Beneficiaries: Log in to Workday to designate your life insurance beneficiaries [pdf] with MetLife.
    • Evidence of Insurability (EOI) may be required for optional life insurance. If applicable, MetLife will send the EOI form to your CMU email address.
  • Carrier Information: Your 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 carriers, 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.
    • UPMC requires your ID number to create a user account. Call UPMC customer service at 855-497-8762 to get your ID number.
    • Vision Benefits of America does not issue ID cards.
  • AFL-CIO Local 95 — International Union of Operating Engineers are covered under their own contract, which specifies their benefits coverage options.

Retirement Savings

There are two retirement savings plans available through Carnegie Mellon University:

Time Away from Work

Carnegie Mellon provides various types of paid time off for eligible employees, including:

Policies, Handbooks and Guidelines

CMU employees are required to adhere to university policies and all applicable handbooks, guidelines and required employee notices.

Training Requirements and Opportunities

  • You will receive an email invitation to complete Preventing Workplace Harassment online training. This important training should be completed within 30 days of receiving the email.
  • Review New Hire Resources, a list of links for new employees.
  • New staff members are highly encouraged to attend the Office of Human Resources' New Hire Orientation to learn about personal and workplace safety and security, university policies, CMU's mission and culture, and the benefits and perks of being a CMU employee.
  • New faculty members should attend the Eberly Center's Incoming Faculty Orientation.
  • FocusU and LinkedIn Learning provide faculty and staff members with opportunities for professional and personal development. See the Development Program Guide for learning resources based on role or need.
  • You may be required to complete Finance training to receive access to essential job functions.
  • Employees who interact with minors are required to obtain Child Protection Clearances.

Supervisor Relationship

  • Meet with your supervisor early on to discuss department specific information, including departmental goals and mission, organizational structure, and expectations for work hours, lunch breaks and daily attire.
  • Review job duties and performance expectations during your provisional period and beyond.
  • Maintain an open dialogue to clarify expectations and facilitate feedback.
  • Learn your department's process for reporting and submitting Paid Time Off.
  • Discuss professional development and personal growth opportunities.

Discounts and Perks

Opportunities to Stay Involved, Informed and Healthy

Once you have completed your onboarding tasks and reviewed all the information for New Faculty and Staff please refer to the Current Faculty and Staff section for information as you continue your career at Carnegie Mellon.