University of Southern California Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Pros
  • An effort is made by the administration to foster a real work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits, work on a college campus is awesome (in 36 reviews)

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

  • Reviews on this site from mostly student workers that are happy to have any job (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Many different job types so I

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, especially the 401k

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of inertia to do new things


  2. Good to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Fun, active environment. Fast paced

    Cons

    Not very much room for advancement


  3. Finance

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

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

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

    Pros

    Really nice people, friendly co workers, lots to do. Higher Ed is interesting

    Cons

    Staff is significantly less valued than faculty

    Advice to Management

    Value and invest in staff in order to provide the services you want for faculty and students. Invest in HR and ITS.


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  5. Academic Advisor

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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

    Benefits, location, advancement in other departments.

    Cons

    No "Summer Hours", pay scale is small.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for pay raises.


  6. Professor

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    Current Employee - Professor
    Current Employee - Professor

    I have been working at University of Southern California (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunities for advancement for FT faculty

    Cons

    Needs more oversight of NTT employment


  7. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of resources for teaching

    Cons

    Bad grading sheme for awarding of marks.


  8. Great

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    Current Employee - Work Comp and Disability Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Work Comp and Disability Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks and have no complaints

    Cons

    No complaints to give to this employer


  9. Resident Assistant (RA)

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The relationships with your residents, staff, and supervisor are the best parts. If you have good relationships with two of these groups, your experience will be enjoyable. Your housing and meal plan are covered as compensation.

    Cons

    Residential Education highly values social justice, but when RAs and residents fight for their beliefs regarding these issues they are not supported by the department. The job is definitely time consuming and isolates many from outside commitments and relationships, particularly on the first month or two on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Be more intentional in developing the bonds within and between staffs. The stronger the connections, the more effective RAs will bridge gaps between their various communities.


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    Student Affairs Advisor

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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

    Great community dynamic, change is slow and policies are difficult to navigate around. Most people are easy to work work. The benefits in healthcare and education are great perks.

    Cons

    Low salary, no bonuses, and unable to move up.


  11. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding team oriented environment.
    Professional yet family atmosphere.
    Great quality mentoring
    Flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Office politics
    Salary
    Commute
    Parking
    Entry level salaries
    Upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering great relationships and providing great leadership



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