University of Southern California Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Good professors/students, below average administration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grad Student/Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Grad Student/Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Get to be mentored by some very good professors. The students tend to be great, which made teaching quite enjoyable.

    Cons

    Lots of strange nuisances. Things that shouldn't take long (and don't take long at other schools) can take a really long time at USC (e.g., reimbursements can take many months to go through, and have been known to take over a year). More than at other schools I have attended, students have the (reasonable) feeling that they are being nickeled and dimed. Relatedly, not the best academic atmosphere. Feels a bit too much like the ultimate goal is simply to make money.


  2. Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California part-time

    Pros

    USC is a heavy hitting institution. They have an enormous reach and have plenty of resources. Their facilities are constantly improving.

    Cons

    Administration has total control over the direction of the school. They can be amazingly stingy with funding at times. Very concerned with appearances, more than content.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the faculty better, spread the wealth out to those not in administration. Improve the quality of programs rather than the building they are in.


  3. Resident Assistant (RA)

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The relationships with your residents, staff, and supervisor are the best parts. If you have good relationships with two of these groups, your experience will be enjoyable. Your housing and meal plan are covered as compensation.

    Cons

    Residential Education highly values social justice, but when RAs and residents fight for their beliefs regarding these issues they are not supported by the department. The job is definitely time consuming and isolates many from outside commitments and relationships, particularly on the first month or two on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Be more intentional in developing the bonds within and between staffs. The stronger the connections, the more effective RAs will bridge gaps between their various communities.


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    Student Affairs Advisor

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

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great community dynamic, change is slow and policies are difficult to navigate around. Most people are easy to work work. The benefits in healthcare and education are great perks.

    Cons

    Low salary, no bonuses, and unable to move up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    USC State Capital Center It depends on which department you work for...

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Poor top to bottom communication - poor management support from L.A. University initiatives are more important than staff

    Advice to Management

    The university has a lot to offer the region, having been in the Sacramento area for nearly 50 years. it supports it's own mission poorly and vacillates according to the whim of the current president, provost or dean which can change every five or ten years. This makes for instability and substantial employee turnover and poor longevity. The university has the noble aspiration to be the Trojan Family but the present leadership values aggressive global expansionism over taking care of the "Family".


  7. Helpful (1)

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

    I worked at University of Southern California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding team oriented environment. Professional yet family atmosphere. Great quality mentoring Flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Office politics Salary Commute Parking Entry level salaries Upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering great relationships and providing great leadership


  8. Pharmacist Resident

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PGY1 Ambulatory Care Resident in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - PGY1 Ambulatory Care Resident in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent ambulatory care experience. Supportive directors and preceptors, variety of elective experiences available. Numerous teaching opportunities at USC and option to earn teaching certificate. Excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    No significant cons, but one improvement that would further benefit residents of this program is having more variety of disease states to manage in clinic. Currently the main disease states encountered are diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.

    Advice to Management

    Consider integrating more disease state management into the core clinic experience so that residents have the opportunity to pursue an other experiences during elective time.


  9. HR

    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Nice company and great benefits.

    Cons

    Very political and tuition benefit is not a good as it once was.


  10. Good work environment

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed, easy going and low stress work environment. Great benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, must move to different job or department if you want a real salary increase


  11. Budget Business Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Southern California

    Pros

    Good benefits / perks Light workload

    Cons

    No / limited room for growth



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