University of Southern California Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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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. Administrative assistant

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California (less than a year)

    Pros

    good working experience in its downtown office

    Cons

    low salary for the student worker

  2. Teacher

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    They pay a decent amount compared to other TA positions at other schools. Also, the professors are pretty accessible. And the Math tutoring lab is a good system.

    Cons

    The neighborhood it's in is obvious bad. Some of the staff could be nicer. The printer was broken so often it was a running joke. University of spoiled children sometimes applied.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all your staff are nice, and sure basic necessities such as printers work, make the grad lounge slightly nicer with your 8 billion endowment.

  3. QA Manager

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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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture, great people,

    Cons

    not open to change

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  5. Project Manager

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

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Great place to work on contract if you like to work independently.

    Cons

    The onboarding process was very lengthy and complicated.

  6. Top Researchers and Professional Faculty

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    Former Employee - N/A
    Former Employee - N/A

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The atmosphere is competitive but supportive; if you involve yourself in the academic community, there are some wonderful and inspirational faculty. The outreach programs are getting stronger.

    Great Benefits if you can get them.

    Cons

    Low pay and exclusive. The university won't let you teach at other community colleges in the area, although USC boasts at having the most transfers from California colleges.

    Advice to Management

    none

  7. Project Specialist

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    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time

    Pros

    Research experience + publication opportunity

    Cons

    No benefits for student workers + almost impossible to get full time on one projecy

  8. Student worker at reception desk

    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Current Employee - Student Worker

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours, get to know faculty really well

    Cons

    Not benefits but part time so not really expected

  9. USC Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Understanding supervisors who are friendly

    Cons

    Rigid work rules, need to lax them

  10. student worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Easy jobs
    Good money
    Good work culture

    Cons

    No raise
    Sometimes managers can be non professionals
    No compensation

    Advice to Management

    None

  11. Great School!

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    Current Employee - Grader in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Grader in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Great school with perfect den system. You can watch the video after the class.

    Cons

    The environment around school is not safe.

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