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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
590 Reviews
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590 Reviews
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University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias
C. L. Max Nikias
236 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 34 reviews)


Cons
  • But the good news is that USC has already been working on the safety issue around the campus (in 14 reviews)

  • Reviews on this site from mostly student workers that are happy to have any job (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time

    Pros

    Folks are incredibly committed to the mission. It's a dynamic and exciting environment in which to work. Students and faculty are energizing.

    Cons

    The location isn't ideal but the campus continues to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Networking is easy here, you're gonna find your dream job

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

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

    Pros

    It was good you know

    Cons

    It was bad sometimes you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be cool breh

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    USC takes good care of their grad students

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

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    USC takes fairly good care of their grad students, especially recently under the new President (Nikias). The opportunities to gain teaching experience are fairly ample. The medical insurance is very good. The overall employment/HR system - although necessarily highly bureaucratic - is relatively efficient and well run.

    Cons

    The salary is very poor, but that is to be expected as a grad student. The dental insurance is not great either. Employment is usually only for 9-10 months a year, so summer months are kind of a struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest paying all graduate students the same, no matter when they entered grad school. As it currently stands, salary is ostensibly a function of when one enters grad school; this new grad students receive a salary that reflects current cost-of-living and inflation, whereas graduate students who entered grad school in the past receive a salary that is appropriate for the year they entered, and not necessarily the present.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Webcast

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    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Current Employee - Student Worker

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

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Payroll staff is very slow to get checks to us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I worked as a grader.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    The work was easy and the times were flexible. The workload is not heavy. I only need to work 4 hours a week.

    Cons

    The work was not challenging at all, if you fully understand all the labs and project that the students did.

  7.  

    I love working on campus

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    flexible and understanding, nice bosses

    Cons

    the first week of classes is insanely busy

  8.  

    Work atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    Good working experience, nice friendly faculties. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of at this moment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student Worker

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    Current Employee - Office Receptionist and Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Receptionist and Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great way to stay in touch with major, fellow students, opportunities. Staff all very friendly. Can work on homework in downtime.

    Cons

    Copying can be boring, and mailing things internationally can be confusing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Job is good. Only wish they'd pay their students on time every time.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    A very satisfying job as a student researcher. I got an opportunity to work on some of the latest technologies relating to battery charging for electric vehicles. My mentor was very understanding and inspired me to go beyond what I thought were my capabilities to innovate.

    Cons

    I did not have a very good experience with the pay roll department. The job was very satisfying but the payroll staff is very arrogant and they made me work so hard just to get my hard earned money. I was really strapped for cash and they wouldn't just hurry up my paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone please talk to the guys at payroll and tell them to stop being so arrogant. At least be a little courteous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    USC Rising

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    career opportunities, good networking especially if intend to stay in CA. Also the place has a lot of diversity--u can benefit from it both as a person and career wise.

    Cons

    high academic performance required, or else you may be even fired.
    Location is not good--avoid walking around his area that is not patrolled by campus police.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Safety needs to improve--consider deploying more DPS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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