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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
626 Reviews
4.2
626 Reviews
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University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias
C. L. Max Nikias
253 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 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.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at University of Southern California as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Love the people, the culture and the campus. Would recommend to people looking to settle down. There is great work-life balance, with excellent facilities.

    Cons

    Things can get a little slow sometimes, but otherwise, I was very happy with my experience. Everything works in cycles, so there can be several weeks of stretches during which there is not much work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Academic environment can be interesting

    Cons

    Lack of understanding of differences between administrative positions and research positions

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Worked in the geological science labs and gained valuable experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Professors are awesome. Flexible work hours. Flexible deadlines

    Cons

    Its just temporary. Also, you get quite a bit of the grunt work which can be quite boring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Dentistry

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Clinical Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Clinical Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great patients and clinical experience. Up to date technology.

    Cons

    Hard to book appointments. Not enough clinical faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing promotions and offterings to new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Depends on your situation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I would recommend working here if you meet the following, the more the better:
    -you are a faculty member
    -If you are "regular" staff, you can find a job in a good department (USC is decentralized and different departments have different cultures)
    -you have children who are about to enter college, and they are a shot at getting in USC (tuition benefits)
    -you are young (early 20s), understand you will be paid substantially less than equally qualified peers in other industries, but want to experience the fun and excitement of being in a college campus.
    -you don't want to work more than 8 hours a day and you don't mind a lower salary

    Cons

    I would NOT recommend working here if you meet one or more of the following:
    -you are young, and don't have college aged children. you won't benefit from tuition coverage (more on that below).
    -you are looking to work here as staff, not on an academic role (professors have it great, opposite is true for staff)
    -you want to work hard and be financially rewarded for it (no bonus structure. annual 2% increase separates great from horrible employees..no incentive). You will quickly find out that with the average USC staff salary, you will have trouble affording the cost of living in even less-desirable areas near LA. It's a common sight seeing 10, 20 year staff employees barely getting by.
    -you want to get a graduate degree for free while working here. For example, I've seen quite a few staff employees enroll in the USC MBA program part time since the tuition is partially covered. Problem is, MBA or not, prospective "big money" employers (consulting firms, banks, etc) aren't impressed that you worked at USC for so many years. Work experience speaks louder than any USC degree that can be attained part-time (this effectively eliminates law/medicine/dentistry/pharmacy).
    -you expect support from leadership. USC understandably caters to what makes them money, which is academics, students, and athletics. if you complain or say something that questions the moral values of anyone who falls in the aforementioned categories, expect to get fired or a cold shoulder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was decent under President Sample, but awful under President Nikias.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time

    Pros

    Very welcoming, allow for flexible schedules

    Cons

    There is no room for growth. Not much pay increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Leadership position

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    great co workers and campus is developing nicely

    Cons

    Leadership is moving to treating employees as a number and not part of the Trojan family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the employees that know how to run the university vs getting cheaper in expensive workers. The transformational faulty you are laying staff off to pay for, will want staff that know what they are doing.

    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Favorite job as a student

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

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

    Pros

    Different perspective of material, more time spent with professors leading to much more networking

    Cons

    Being an assistant, more hours are a bit harder to come by as other students also work and positions are sometimes scarce

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    This was a great part time job to have during my studies at USC.

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    Current Employee - USC Dornisife Admission in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - USC Dornisife Admission in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly management that cares about students' success and flexibly accommodates students' hours. Collegiate work environment that provides the opportunity to represent the university to perspective students and conduct admission interviews. The intern staff is always friendly, smart and welcoming.

    Cons

    The hours are limited since there are several other interns to split the office with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Review for Course Producer at University of Southern California

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    Current Employee - Course Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Course Producer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work

    Cons

    probably less salary. More salary expected

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