University of Southern California Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Project Specialist

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    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time

    Pros

    Research experience + publication opportunity

    Cons

    No benefits for student workers + almost impossible to get full time on one projecy

  2. Work Study

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    Former Employee - Work Study in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Work Study in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everybody treated me really nicely. I had a flexible work schedule. I was allowed to come up with ideas and have them reviewed by a mentor.

    Cons

    Often feel like I was working alone with no support when there are no people around. The work I did was pretty mundane even thought the workplace overall is moving forward at a rather fast pace. I didn't feel like part of the momentum.

    Advice to Management

    Hope to raise the hourly rates a little more and put more meaning into the work-study students. Even if they're easy work, we can think pretty deeply as college students.

  3. Project specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    beautiful campus, big variety, great environment, work/life balance is excellent, great vacation and overall benefits

    Cons

    high school politics among senior management
    fake personalities

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  5. The environment is quite friendly, in general it's a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Time flexible, the environment is pretty good, have lots of young and creative minds around.

    Cons

    Does not really pay well.

  6. Nice experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The building is nice and they are generous with providing lunch/snacks for part time workers

    Cons

    The hiring process is tedious and unnecessarily difficult for what the job is

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  7. Helpful (1)

    Department of Student Affairs - Good Opportunities, Bad Environment

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    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Good benefits (dining and housing)
    - Well-developed training
    - Close community
    - Great opportunity to develop interpersonal, professional, and leadership skills

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency
    - Benefits are subject to change any time without notice
    - Employees are truly treated as "at will" employees (we are often reminded that we are "at will")
    - Dissociation between administration and staff
    - Sometimes utilizes fear to control employees

    Advice to Management

    Please communicate honestly and in a timely manner with employees and allow employees to provide input as well. Having ambiguous and mercurial policies undermines the integrity of the professional status of the organization. Please do not make employees feel like they are disposable any time and use more constructive ways to keep them accountable.

  8. Decent on-campus job.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible hours, nice people, on-campus

    Cons

    personal growth, benefits, no discount on technology items

    Advice to Management

    Should give more incentives to work hard

  9. Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with some good people and students. However their is no teaching for new employees to learn the systems. Just thrown to the wolves.

    Cons

    Lack of teaching for new employees. Everything is centralized rather than de-centralized.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training to allow quicker access to the systems.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Some great people, some real slackers

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you get into a department run by someone sharp, your co-workers will be among the brightest you've ever worked with. Also, if you work there long enough, your family can attend for next to nothing.

    Cons

    If you get into a department run by someone who is just punching the clock, getting anything done is like walking up a stream of molasses

    Advice to Management

    Institute 360-degree reviews at all levels, and really pay attention to what employees are saying about their bosses.

  11. it's okay but need to be improved.

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    USC has a very good academic enviroment. it also has a very nice campus. working here feels good.

    Cons

    they should raise the level of payments, so that their employees are happier at work.

    Advice to Management

    please raise the level of payments, so that your employees are happier at work. Also the neighborhood is too dangerous.

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