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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
678 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.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, people of great capacity, diverse cultural background, we learn a lot from each other, professional but friendly working environment

    Cons

    hardly any during my work, if you see any difficulty or setback as an opportunity to learn more, you would hardly blame or complain about things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good. professional during work, like friends during other times. I like it when we are measured by the extent to which we make efforts and contribute to the outcome, instead of your own cultural or academic background.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall great TA experience, but sometimes the loading is not fair and too heavy on some unfortunate individuals.

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    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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paying tuition and getting a stipend for phd students.

    Cons

    Some people are lazy and skip their duties without much punishment. e.g. when other people spend four+ hours grading an exam, somebody just doesn't show up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a balanced workload across all TA/RAs who have with the same pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great working environment at USC ISI

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Quiet and comfortable working environment

    Cons

    No good asian food or restaurants nearby

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    Good school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    good environment and location. Great career fair.

    Cons

    Campus is small and safety is a question.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Student Tech

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Work environment is very understanding when it comes to curricular and extra curricular activities.

    Cons

    Can be slow. Occasional unfair delegation of work and assignments. Generally simple tasks

  7.  

    Nice campus and facilities

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, buildings and facilities are kept up well and there is no shortage of brilliant minds in just about every field imaginable.

    Cons

    Crowded, people are generally ego-centric, office politics runs rampant in many departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    I am a student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    good professor and some of them are really good

    Cons

    too many student and the school regulation seems to be chaos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not apply for EE department here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Graduate Assistant

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

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good facilities, extra funding opportunities, 20 hours max, faculty understanding and flexible. Good pay comparatively.

    Cons

    Having to grade, sometimes having little guidance, location is only ok, very urban and not a lot of outdoors stuff. The food on campus is pretty expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great Institution. Fantastic work life and great benefits!

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    Former Employee - Lab Supervisor/Tech III in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Supervisor/Tech III in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Great 401K 2:1 match
    Happy staff. The university does a great job of allowing a health work-life balance.

    Cons

    I can't recall any cons about the university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    one of the best schools in petroleum engineering which provided me with many insights about this issue.\

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    Former Employee - Student Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    they have a good community between students. its not that hard to keep up. you have fun things to do in weekends. its in the place to live in the world

    Cons

    its expensive ! you need to pay 1 dollar to print colour pages! its in an unsafe enviroment which make it hard to go wailking by nights if you want to live nearby

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to devote more to the studes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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