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University of South Carolina Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
144 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Quiet place, easy to get work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Comfortable environment, good working environment (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • The amount of work you perform is not equally compensated with the pay, but that the life of a graduate student (in 3 reviews)

  • Low salary for certain positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have had an amazing time here at The Unviersity of South Carolina.

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    Current Employee - Resident Mentor in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Resident Mentor in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Getting to meet and work with such amazing people.

    Cons

    The benefits for resident mentors are higher and better at other universities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC

    I worked at University of South Carolina as an intern

    Pros

    A quiet environment, able to get a lot of work done (when there was work to be done). Faculty and staff were very friendly and helped whenever i had any questions

    Cons

    At times not a lot of work to be done, leaving a lot of free time with which there was not much to do.

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    Research Assistant - University of South Carolina

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at University of South Carolina as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good facilities and co-workers. Hours are flexible which promotes a good life-work balance although there is always plenty to do. Columbia is also a decent city to live in, not too exciting but pretty cheap.

    Cons

    Working between departments can become an issue, especially if you gain funding in one department but need to draw from it to complete a project in a different department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up some of the interdepartmental red tape in order to promote more interdisciplinary projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great environment, and flexible schedule.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at University of South Carolina part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule, and great career growth opportunity

    Cons

    There would be more convenient if the department gets more up to date devices and facilities. and not easy to find a parking spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up more unified standard or criteria through all departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good but not exciting

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    diverse research areas and diverse people, good salaries in Chemical Engineering ~$25000/year

    Cons

    not many exciting innovative research and cooperation, not many good internship opportunies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more internship opportunities and more cooperation between different groups

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good for MS students (Mechanical Engineering)

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Research is challenging you have to work on cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    courses are somewhat useless and easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to differentiate areas of the fields, a thermo-fluid guys should not take a course on mechanics of materials! Increase graduate student salary so they can b focused on research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Graduate Research Assistant in Chemical Engineering

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Columbia, SC

    I worked at University of South Carolina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on professor, work life balance can be excellent here with many opportunities for networking and fun. Department is very good about social outings and very easy to get along with. Benefits for a grad student are pretty good as well when considering the low cost of living in Columbia.

    Cons

    Lot of bureaucracy when in a large state school, Everything moves slow when trying to get new things going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advisor and the other faculty members were fantastic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good opportunities for students to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of South Carolina

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for students to find work. The University does a good job with making these jobs conspicuous.

    Cons

    The pay is not very good. $8 per hour does not get one very far. Also, the hours are very limited. There is not a lot of room for communication between employees and "supervisors"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider paying students more, especially if they have earned a Bachelor's degree.

  10.  

    Nice place

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    Current Employee - Network Security Administrator in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Network Security Administrator in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    You can build connections with many professors, and the Horseshoe is a beautiful place to relax.

    Cons

    Not many good choices if you want to go to a really good restaurant for lunch or dinner. And it is hard to find a parking space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of South Carolina full-time

    Pros

    I love having off over Christmas break. Academic work environment is flexible and you fee like you're making a difference.

    Cons

    I didn't like working on Memorial Day! What can you do. Tight state budget meant raises were few and far between.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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