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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
586 Reviews
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586 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.  

     Draw, process, and ship participant blood samples
     Assist in the creation of the study lab procedure protocol

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    To obtain a position as a research phlebotomist with the USC-UCLA Center for
    Population Health and Health Disparities to use my medical science background as a
    Licensed Phlebotomy Technician I and Certified Medical Assistant. With over 8 years
    of experience supporting and executing the standards of phlebotomy practice and
    medical assistance, I am also reliable, punctual and able to work well with others, be
    flexible and provide a positive contribution to the USC studies.

    Cons

    Learning new job skills and learning new thing every day.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work as a graduate research assistant.

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -great food variety for asian.
    -nice weather, sunny all year long, never too cold or hot.
    -lots of wonderful places of interest nearby

    Cons

    -terrible traffic sometimes.
    -safety is a big problem at some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to take care of the safety on/near campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    USC is a great place to teach.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Associate Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Associate Professor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is on a terrific upward trajectory. It has gone from basically being a top 75 university in the 90's to being what I think is a top 20 university today, and still improving. The academic quality of the University is improving all the time; the students are better and better. The energy and momentum is terrific.

    Cons

    Dealing with housing costs and traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more course-relief for clinical faculty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Experience varies depending on who you work with

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student
    Current Employee - Graduate Student

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

    Pros

    Many esteemed professors and good students, easy to make connections and net work.

    Cons

    Safety concerns, some facilities are very outdated compared to others

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

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

    I worked at University of Southern California as a contractor

    Pros

    Prestige, good pay, upbeat and beautiful campus

    Cons

    None that I can think of now.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Pleasant, informative, exciting.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PC Analyst/Data Communicatin Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - PC Analyst/Data Communicatin Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation, great leadership, plenty of sufficient training.

    Cons

    Not enough documentation. Environment for plenty of personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More technical training. Encouraging employees to speak their mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Refreshing, with opportunity to see yourself make a difference

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with some very talented people, networking, diversity, salary is decent but not as great as industry. It's what is expected at an educational facility while still being non management.

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes has a hard time communicating exactly what they want out of a specific project; makes it hard to pinpoint and deliver exactly what is trying to be accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    usc review

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    persistent, creative, think outside the box, always willing to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    Overlearn new technologies. Staying overtime and loose track of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the employees, recognize talent, patience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    One of the best jobs I had so far.

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    Current Employee - Accounts Payable in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The hours are flexible, benefit include, health (with USC doctors as a choice), dental and vision. The stress is very low and superior are extremely understanding. There is a great sense of community and opportunity to farther your education for free if you decide to. Additionally, your children can get their education for free if you work for 2 years and they get accepted to USC.

    Cons

    So far I have no encountered anything yet and I been working here for 8 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management have done a great job. I am appreciative of how well they treat you and they listen to you. There is a feeling they are more of your friends, rather than your supervisors. This is a good thing, because you feel encourage to seek help from them without feeling like you're a nausea.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great university for study

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

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, friendly people, nice weather, modernized working environment. Collaboration across departments have been very active and instrumental.

    Cons

    Training program is a little behind the trend. The department should have more courses. Research atmosphere is not very heated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more responses from the staff and students to update the curriculum on time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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