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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
551 Reviews

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Pros
  • An effort is made by the administration to foster a real work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Great benefits include tuition remission and doubling of 403(b) contributions (i (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • It is not very safe for students to live around the campus (in 13 reviews)

  • Reviews on this site from mostly student workers that are happy to have any job (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good graduate programs

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    USC takes care of its employee. As a graduate student, you get two years of stipends where you will not be required to do any teaching. You can just focus on research and graduating.

    Cons

    the location. Its neighborhood is not very safe. During the time I was there, many students have gotten robbed. Some have been murdered. USC has increased its security in the neighborhood in recent years - but still didn't feel safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Their are doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    professional academic friendly coworker flexible timeline

    Cons

    inefficient paperwork, the level of your happiness depends a lot on your supervisor

  3.  

    Great School, Great Mission

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

    Pros

    Retirement account even for student workers, close-knit environment with access to mid/upper management that doesn't exist in a lot of organizations

    Cons

    career managers in higher ed are, in general, not in the private sector for a reason. Sometimes those reasons are altruistic and good, sometimes it's because they simply cannot hack it when put under pressure to provide results. This is true at every school and it's true at USC. There is cumbersome bureaucracy and red tape that you would not expect at a private institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ambitions and goals are lofty and excellent. The students are great and get better every year. The resources are enviable. The only self-inflicted obstacle to USC's advancement is a disconnect between those visions and goals at the top, and the execution on the ground by the staff.

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  5.  

    Pleasant, informative, exciting.

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    Former Employee - PC Analyst/Data Communicatin Consultant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - PC Analyst/Data Communicatin Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Fair compensation, great leadership, plenty of sufficient training.

    Cons

    Not enough documentation. Environment for plenty of personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More technical training. Encouraging employees to speak their mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Refreshing, with opportunity to see yourself make a difference

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

    Pros

    Working with some very talented people, networking, diversity, salary is decent but not as great as industry. It's what is expected at an educational facility while still being non management.

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes has a hard time communicating exactly what they want out of a specific project; makes it hard to pinpoint and deliver exactly what is trying to be accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Experience varies depending on who you work with

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student
    Current Employee - Graduate Student

    Pros

    Many esteemed professors and good students, easy to make connections and net work.

    Cons

    Safety concerns, some facilities are very outdated compared to others

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great university for study

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, friendly people, nice weather, modernized working environment. Collaboration across departments have been very active and instrumental.

    Cons

    Training program is a little behind the trend. The department should have more courses. Research atmosphere is not very heated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more responses from the staff and students to update the curriculum on time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    usc review

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    persistent, creative, think outside the box, always willing to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    Overlearn new technologies. Staying overtime and loose track of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the employees, recognize talent, patience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    How you like your experience greatly depends on which office you're in, but I got lucky.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Nearly all the coworkers/supervisors/other employees are actual friends and there's little friction in the office.

    Cons

    None. Everyone is eager to work with you and hear your ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People to work with - horrible people to work for...

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

    Pros

    The pros are that you will have the time of your life at this place and meet some amazing people.

    Cons

    The cons are the bitter lifers who are to lazy to find another job so they make yours miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice I could give. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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