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University of Southern California Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
626 Reviews
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626 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 36 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.  

    On campus job ITS

    Current Employee - Learning Enabler in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Learning Enabler in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Good working hours. relaxed job

    Cons

    no cons here, is actually a good job for an on campus student

  2.  

    great

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    the position had co-workers that were really great

    Cons

    long hours were an issue, but still a great university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help with work balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place for research, collaborations, and a plethora of available equipment.

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

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

    Pros

    Electron microscope facilities are quite good.
    Access to AFM's, XRD's, and XPS is available.
    Collaborations easily expand available equipment.

    Cons

    Not the safest area of LA, but it is actually getting better with time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Intermedia Lab Assistant

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    Former Employee - Intermedia Lab Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intermedia Lab Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    flexible hours, good amount of vacation

    Cons

    working with art students, often cold in the lab

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Adj faculty

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, very supportive staff

    Cons

    Have to be very self-confident

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bit more guidance for incoming adjunct faculty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Office Assistant (work-study)

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

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Viterbi Engineering School and they paid me more than $10.00 an hour from the beginning. Everyone was nice and I got friendly with faculty members, too!

    Cons

    Some TAs and young professors asked my phone numbers.. Even I am not an Engineering student and never will take your class, I don't think it is appropriate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Special Events

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Benefits and environment are major benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and corporate policies to sift through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to employees.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at University of Southern California as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Love the people, the culture and the campus. Would recommend to people looking to settle down. There is great work-life balance, with excellent facilities.

    Cons

    Things can get a little slow sometimes, but otherwise, I was very happy with my experience. Everything works in cycles, so there can be several weeks of stretches during which there is not much work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Dentistry

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Clinical Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Clinical Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great patients and clinical experience. Up to date technology.

    Cons

    Hard to book appointments. Not enough clinical faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing promotions and offterings to new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Favorite job as a student

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Different perspective of material, more time spent with professors leading to much more networking

    Cons

    Being an assistant, more hours are a bit harder to come by as other students also work and positions are sometimes scarce

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