University of Southern California Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 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)

    Pros

    flexible hours, nice people, on-campus

    Cons

    personal growth, benefits, no discount on technology items

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should give more incentives to work hard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide training to allow quicker access to the systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Worked part time while attending school at one of the University's customer service centers.

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

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Get to do homework while at work.

    Cons

    Job often times can get tedious.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Nice campus and facilities

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, buildings and facilities are kept up well and there is no shortage of brilliant minds in just about every field imaginable.

    Cons

    Crowded, people are generally ego-centric, office politics runs rampant in many departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Being a grader is a great a experience.

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    Current Employee - Grader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Grader in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Give me chance to communicate with students and help them go through homeworks.

    Cons

    Grading assignments can be anonying when they are not able to compile.

  11. Working at USC

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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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Large organization. Excellent networking opportunities. Access to academic resources such as libraries, electronic journals, etc. Discounts on transportation and recreational activities.

    Cons

    Sometimes, departments in the organization do not work well together. Communication is a large problem. IT support is slow and not aways helpful. Compensation is not competitive for skill level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Values of organization are disjointed, depending on department. Compensation packages are low and should be more competitive to attract more talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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