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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
607 Reviews
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607 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 34 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.  

    Nice university to work/study

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent coursework, Highly skilled Professors, Good on campus job managers

    Cons

    Poor Scheduling. Lack of communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Staff,Career Center and Support team.

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

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

    Pros

    There are lot more things to learn from the faculty members.The career center is really very helpful. The security for the international students is good. There are a lot of free food opportunities while on the campus.

    Cons

    There are a lot of graduates students which increases the competition level.For on campus jobs there's a lot of competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The number of international admits should be less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A fulfilling experience for undergraduates.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    It's easy to talk to your managers, and USC allows many opportunities to work in various departments. Transparent with employees about university policies. Able to learn many skills such as public speaking, intercultural communication, and professionalism. Diverse work environment.

    Cons

    Pay can be low when starting, training is a long process, and sometimes management is not always available. Difficult to rise through the ranks to various other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to increase the academic reputation of the institution.

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  5.  

    Research Administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The university provides a relaxed, working environment. Lots of room for mobility in my current career. The job offers excellent benefits, and runs like a well-oiled machine.

    Cons

    The salary could be a little higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support administrators by offering positions at locations close to home when it makes sense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Its ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Ok to work. Good benefits

    Cons

    No salary increases. Very difficult for any career growth.

  7.  

    Great fun working here!!

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. You will learn a lot in a short amount of time!

    Cons

    Requires a lot of running around, could get tiring.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Challenging but good place for growth

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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

    Pros

    Great community, flexible hours, the weather!

    Cons

    Working with students workers is always difficult, as turnover is high due to 4 year cycle, busy schedules, etc. Stressful at the beginning of each semester, especially at beginning of year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find better ways to motivate student workers. Also, better educate students about programs and funding, so that they do not feel entitled to everything due to excessive tuition they are paying.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    You'll never starve.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    There are always opportunities for free food. There are tons of opportunities to expand your resume and contribute to publications.

    Cons

    A lot of big egos and having to be political. Your boss will more than likely claim credit for the work that you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great faculty in VLSI major of Viterbi Engineering School

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Strong in Digital Design, great facilities and libraries

    Cons

    Too many students and not in a safe neighborhood

  11.  

    Nice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a good place in general. Everyone is highly educated, which makes you not special at all. But this is what we would actually expect.

    Cons

    It is not a perfect place in general. Everyone is highly educated, which makes you not special at all. But this is what we would actually expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No specific ones.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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