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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
645 Reviews
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645 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to be at

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    • 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

    Pros

    Good Work Environment
    Great benefits
    Knowledgeable people
    Great learning environment

    Cons

    Lots of work
    Neighborhood is not safe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Postdoctoral scholar

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Feel free to do things here. Just follow your supervisor's instructions directly.

    Cons

    the academical atmosphere differs from department to department.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Sr. researcher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning environment, nice office space

    Cons

    No well-defined career path for staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great organization to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Affairs Program Advisor II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Affairs Program Advisor II in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on work life balance

    Cons

    Limited availability for career growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    USC Student Assistant

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    There is flexibility, training, room for personal growth and great work-life balance

    Cons

    Cons include dealing with long hours, patrons , and boring times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Largest private employer in Los Angeles

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    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities exist to move within the institution. Employee benefits are good, particularly tuition assistance for spouses and family. Great professional network.

    I have been fortunate enough to have multiple opportunities for professional development and growth.

    Cons

    Salaries in education aren't the highest, USC included. Changes in senior leadership have led to a de-valuing of the contributions and importance of student support staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Student worker for USC

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and colleagues are really really good.

    Cons

    Pay is not that good. Not many benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Review as a Ph.D student

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    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many good research resources that you can use in USC, colleagues are generally nice, teaching assistant training is also very systematic

    Cons

    Bad location area is always the biggest issue, we don't dare to work late in the campus, salary level depends on the department and your contract, mine is in average taking life level in California into consideration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve community environment

  10.  

    PhD student experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Pros

    quality of courses taught are very good. The school has various resources to take advantage of. friendly, helpful staff. everything is in order. for any needs you know exactly where to head, great health center facilities.

    Cons

    if you have a fellowship, you are having the best experience but trying to get a teaching assistant position can be a real problem in some departments. and the tuition is very expensive. so make sure about your funds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    the position had co-workers that were really great

    Cons

    long hours were an issue, but still a great university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help with work balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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