University of Southern California

  www.usc.edu
  www.usc.edu

University of Southern California Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
626 Reviews
4.2
626 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias
C. L. Max Nikias
253 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    PhD student experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    quality of courses taught are very good. The school has various resources to take advantage of. friendly, helpful staff. everything is in order. for any needs you know exactly where to head, great health center facilities.

    Cons

    if you have a fellowship, you are having the best experience but trying to get a teaching assistant position can be a real problem in some departments. and the tuition is very expensive. so make sure about your funds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    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

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Intermedia Lab Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Adj faculty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    GRA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    training, best researchers/profs, collaborations with many opportunities

    Cons

    neighborhood, dangerous area, pricey apt near campus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    GREAT university

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    the best environment for networking

    Cons

    not the BEST area, but you get over it

    Recommends
  10.  

    Office Assistant (work-study)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Special Events

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

University of Southern California Photos

Work at University of Southern California? Share Your Experiences

University of Southern California

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.