University of Southern California
4.0 of 5 518 reviews
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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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4.0 518 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias

C. L. Max Nikias

(202 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great benefits include tuition remission and doubling of 403(b) contributions (i"
    in 31 reviews
  • "Good work environment, easy to work with staff members,"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "It is not very safe for students to live around the campus"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Being a student worker, the job significance is not that obvious"
    in 11 reviews
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    Great Benefits but Low Pay and Poor Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat students, great benefits, good location

    ConsLow pay, long hours, a lot of work and very little acknowledgment for the end result or work put in to achieve end result.

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    Decent but you can tell organizationally it's on the decline.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsPaid sick and vacation days to full time staff. Holiday pay for major holidays and retirement benefits for full time staff. Provides a great opportunity to help mentor a diverse student body. Great counseling center that deals with work life balance issues. Access to insurance options. Generally adequate workstations and a beautiful campus.

    ConsTechnology implementation is slow in some units and often botched (there are a lot of generational gaps between upper and lower levels). Not much room for advancement. Mistrust and sometimes actual passive aggressive behavior between units and overall culture of short cutting in procedural and administrative decisions. As a result growth opportunity is usually confined to within your unit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your own staff more. Work to prevent fires instead of waiting and putting them out. Waiting until something is already a problem only makes it harder to solve. You might be doing well planning for the flashier futures of sports, medicine and scientific research but the administration organization that supports those endeavors is not healthy. Wages are pretty stagnant and there have been layoffs, yet you build more and continue to charge your students (who really should be the main focus) more money. The organization would probably benefit if some of you retired.

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    Trojan pride

    PhD Student (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsInternational, open mind, many creative people and it's great honor to be a Trojan member!

    ConsSafety needs enforcement, need more places for dining

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A comfortable environment in which to learn and grow professionally at the start of one's career

    Statistician II (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe environment is relaxed in most cases and the ability to flex one's schedule is often available. The benefits package is very strong, especially with regard to retirement, medical, vacation, and tuition reimbursement. For the reasons cited above, most staff/faculty are often in good spirits. As most university environments go, it is one where you will often be mentally stimulated and consistently encouraged by the bright students, staff, and faculty that you get to interact with each day.

    ConsYou will likely trade salary for those good benefits and flexible working conditions, though the trade off is not an egregious one. In my case, my position was grant funded and I was not the one responsible for writing grants so that sort of uncertainty may not fly with some (n.b. many university staff are funded via fixed term grants). As the university environment is, to type, a highly federated one your experience may vary greatly depending upon what division/department/school/institute you are housed within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great university but difficult work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, competitive salaries for full timers

    Conscut throat administration, deep politics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    research assistant

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Prosbeautiful campus, very good insurance

    Conslow salary, and maybe unfair in terms of workload

    Advice to Senior Managementhigher salaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No surprise

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable, low stress but it depends on your adviser

    Conslow pay, minimal for acceptable living standard

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    Great university!

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe architecture is amazing. The school is amazingly symmetrical, beautiful, well-groomed. Students are also very friendly, diverse, and accommodating. Food is tasty, and the staff is quite helpful as well.

    ConsScary community. Parking is expensive. Mid-to-high management is very unprofessional. Don't like the way they treated their adjunct faculty.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat mentor. In my department, most professors are academically active. You'll have lots of chances talking to top researchers.

    ConsI have to agree with other comments that the university of a little conservative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was there for 6 years

    Student Worker (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood opportunities and connections if you make an effort. There are various jobs available on campus for both work study and non work study

    ConsMany jobs are low paying. Tuition is expensive and it is hard to balance working on campus with getting homework done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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