University of Southern California

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Full of Talent - Currently going through an identity crisis

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA

I have been working at University of Southern California

Pros

Very smart and talented people who are also very nice in most groups.
In most group your Project leader or Division director will shield you from top level politics.
A variety of projects.
Good collaboration between groups.
Flexible work hours, co-operative supervisors.

Cons

Lots of overhead for tech support, facilities and university's cut.
Top level management seems to be wasting money in trying to find new sources of funding. Hired many expensive people who have done little to justify their salaries.
Top level management bureaucratic, erratic, money-minded while almost all the people who do the actual work are there to do research.
Top level management recently attempted to change the culture of the place through an iron fist. It backfired spectacularly, made lots of very talented people unhappy and now they seem to be in damage control mode.
Complaints reached the School of Engineering (parent of ISI), they seem to be interested in soothing the researchers but not really interested in making the top level management change their policies.
It will be interesting to see how ISI emerges out of this identity crisis.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Acknowledge that your researchers priorities are about doing good research. Don't try to control everything, don't try to micro-manage. Put your egos aside. If you want to change the culture of the place then do it through a collaborative process. Don't forget that people are here to be a part of a University. Work on reducing the overhead.

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    Great benefits and a good opportunity to network with others

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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

    Pros

    Nice environment, working on the UPC campus; some great people; there is the opportunity to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and the benefits package is generous.

    Cons

    When a new president comes in, major changes are made, often without consideration of university employees; the staff are often seen as an overhead rather than a strong support of the academic side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more considerate of your employees as they are a valuable contribution to USC performance; cutting budgets and staff to the extent you are doing now is not fair.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good place to teach

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

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Many motivated students. Salary okay. Good reputation. Professors well-educated and competent. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Expensive area to live, unless you live in the dangerous neighborhoods. Some students feel entitled, so don't do work and complain a lot. Too much work for the 20 hours, but doable even while studying for a graduate degree.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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