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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
594 Reviews
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594 Reviews
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University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias
C. L. Max Nikias
237 Ratings

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Pros
  • An effort is made by the administration to foster a real work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits include tuition remission and doubling of 403(b) contributions (i (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • But the good news is that USC has already been working on the safety issue around the campus (in 14 reviews)

  • There is cumbersome bureaucracy and red tape that you would not expect at a private institution (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Being a student is good. A faculty is ok. A staff is nice.

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    funding has good resource. People are friendly. Good location and environment.

    Cons

    Have to stay on the right side to be awarded with funding. people need to work harder and have better vision of the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    USC takes good care of their grad students

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

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    USC takes fairly good care of their grad students, especially recently under the new President (Nikias). The opportunities to gain teaching experience are fairly ample. The medical insurance is very good. The overall employment/HR system - although necessarily highly bureaucratic - is relatively efficient and well run.

    Cons

    The salary is very poor, but that is to be expected as a grad student. The dental insurance is not great either. Employment is usually only for 9-10 months a year, so summer months are kind of a struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest paying all graduate students the same, no matter when they entered grad school. As it currently stands, salary is ostensibly a function of when one enters grad school; this new grad students receive a salary that reflects current cost-of-living and inflation, whereas graduate students who entered grad school in the past receive a salary that is appropriate for the year they entered, and not necessarily the present.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Webcast

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    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Current Employee - Student Worker

    I have been working at University of Southern California part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Payroll staff is very slow to get checks to us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Work atmosphere

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working experience, nice friendly faculties. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of at this moment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Job is good. Only wish they'd pay their students on time every time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A very satisfying job as a student researcher. I got an opportunity to work on some of the latest technologies relating to battery charging for electric vehicles. My mentor was very understanding and inspired me to go beyond what I thought were my capabilities to innovate.

    Cons

    I did not have a very good experience with the pay roll department. The job was very satisfying but the payroll staff is very arrogant and they made me work so hard just to get my hard earned money. I was really strapped for cash and they wouldn't just hurry up my paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone please talk to the guys at payroll and tell them to stop being so arrogant. At least be a little courteous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    USC Rising

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    career opportunities, good networking especially if intend to stay in CA. Also the place has a lot of diversity--u can benefit from it both as a person and career wise.

    Cons

    high academic performance required, or else you may be even fired.
    Location is not good--avoid walking around his area that is not patrolled by campus police.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Safety needs to improve--consider deploying more DPS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work, hours are flexible

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    Current Employee - Student Technical Lead
    Current Employee - Student Technical Lead

    I have been working at University of Southern California part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Care about workers, flexible hours

    Cons

    Tend to hire from outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with lower level workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    On whole, on the plus.

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

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, beautiful campus. Great potential.

    Cons

    Academia = slow adaptation to new concepts. This is the rule, not an exception to it. Additionally, this is a very hierarchical environment and does not appreciate ideas (no matter how good) from subordinates. Typically lower salary for mid and lower level administrative positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid group-think and invite and consider perspectives throughout the organization, not just at your level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to teach

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Annenberg has smart students and a wide variety of courses from which to choose. I've taught several different courses over the years and always been impressed with the caliber of students.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic. Not much attention paid to adjunct faculty. New building should be exciting place to teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include adjunct faculty in more events and conversations with full time faculty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Nice university to work/study

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent coursework, Highly skilled Professors, Good on campus job managers

    Cons

    Poor Scheduling. Lack of communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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