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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
591 Reviews
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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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    On whole, on the plus.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, beautiful campus. Great potential.

    Cons

    Academia = slow adaptation to new concepts. This is the rule, not an exception to it. Additionally, this is a very hierarchical environment and does not appreciate ideas (no matter how good) from subordinates. Typically lower salary for mid and lower level administrative positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid group-think and invite and consider perspectives throughout the organization, not just at your level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Self-Initiative is Key

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Love the campus. Been a grad student for only a few months and have been working as a lab assistant. Even more than when I was a lab assistant at other schools, this position is very independent and takes a lot of self-initiative. To me this is a pro because USC is teaching you how to be disciplined and put your own effort in. No hand holding here.

    Cons

    Trojan time, the way you submit your hours, took a little while to set up, but other than that no real complaints yet. Also, just need to be safe when leaving at night - there have been numerous reports of robberies or attempted robberies in just the few weeks I have been here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bit more feedback now and then might be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Student Worker in Student Affairs Department

    Former Employee - Student Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Office culture within the Student Affairs department was very positive and encouraging. Staff is very understanding when it comes to flexibility in scheduling students' hours.

    Cons

    There were absolutely no cons related to this position while in this role, but the department faced major personnel changes since working there.

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    Great place to work, hours are flexible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Technical Lead
    Current Employee - Student Technical Lead

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

    Pros

    Care about workers, flexible hours

    Cons

    Tend to hire from outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with lower level workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall positive experience as an administrator.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supervisor always willing and happy to give feedback; good upward mobility opportunities; Culture varies by department and office; metro rail stops at two locations on campus.

    Cons

    Senior-level administration can be difficult to access; student population varies-- some are fantastic, others are spoiled brats; area surrounding campus can be dangerous; traffic in the area is horrendous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the mission of the university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interning with USC Dornsife Advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate and Foundation Relations in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate and Foundation Relations in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    USC is a university with unparalleled access to resources (financial, research, etc.) and influencers in a multitude of fields. It's exciting to work for a university that is progressive, exciting, and always striving for better. My advancement training was far-reaching, covering everything from office tasks to navigating complex portals and research platforms. The office makes every team member feel valued and important and I feel that the work I do is truly significant.

    Cons

    The office is undergoing a lot of operational and managerial changes, so the chain of command can get a little murky at times. The office space contains multiple USC departments, so I have sometimes felt socially isolated from the other branches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is fantastic about giving me the feedback I need, praise when I perfectly execute a project and constructive criticism when changes need to be made. They are absolutely transparent, which I value highly in my bosses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    not fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible work time, easy to do the work

    Cons

    low salary, you learn nothing

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not the greatest, but fair enough for a period of time.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially retirement, tuition remission if accepted, and paid winter recess.

    Cons

    No advancement, at least in my position at the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adviser in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Adviser in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    enjoy working here with good perks

    Cons

    too hectic and not happy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    decrease the work load here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Really good engineering school, poor science school

    • 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 part-time

    Pros

    Engineering courses are well structure and very good guidance and difficulty

    Cons

    Being a private school you get a corporation feeling rather than an academic institution. The science department need to really step up to match the engineering department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on money more focus on academics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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