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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
624 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 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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    Student Worker

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    Current Employee - Office Receptionist and Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office Receptionist and Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great way to stay in touch with major, fellow students, opportunities. Staff all very friendly. Can work on homework in downtime.

    Cons

    Copying can be boring, and mailing things internationally can be confusing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Job is good. Only wish they'd pay their students on time every time.

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    A very satisfying job as a student researcher. I got an opportunity to work on some of the latest technologies relating to battery charging for electric vehicles. My mentor was very understanding and inspired me to go beyond what I thought were my capabilities to innovate.

    Cons

    I did not have a very good experience with the pay roll department. The job was very satisfying but the payroll staff is very arrogant and they made me work so hard just to get my hard earned money. I was really strapped for cash and they wouldn't just hurry up my paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone please talk to the guys at payroll and tell them to stop being so arrogant. At least be a little courteous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    USC Rising

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    career opportunities, good networking especially if intend to stay in CA. Also the place has a lot of diversity--u can benefit from it both as a person and career wise.

    Cons

    high academic performance required, or else you may be even fired.
    Location is not good--avoid walking around his area that is not patrolled by campus police.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Safety needs to improve--consider deploying more DPS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    On whole, on the plus.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, beautiful campus. Great potential.

    Cons

    Academia = slow adaptation to new concepts. This is the rule, not an exception to it. Additionally, this is a very hierarchical environment and does not appreciate ideas (no matter how good) from subordinates. Typically lower salary for mid and lower level administrative positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid group-think and invite and consider perspectives throughout the organization, not just at your level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Self-Initiative is Key

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Love the campus. Been a grad student for only a few months and have been working as a lab assistant. Even more than when I was a lab assistant at other schools, this position is very independent and takes a lot of self-initiative. To me this is a pro because USC is teaching you how to be disciplined and put your own effort in. No hand holding here.

    Cons

    Trojan time, the way you submit your hours, took a little while to set up, but other than that no real complaints yet. Also, just need to be safe when leaving at night - there have been numerous reports of robberies or attempted robberies in just the few weeks I have been here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bit more feedback now and then might be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Student Worker in Student Affairs Department

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

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

    Pros

    Office culture within the Student Affairs department was very positive and encouraging. Staff is very understanding when it comes to flexibility in scheduling students' hours.

    Cons

    There were absolutely no cons related to this position while in this role, but the department faced major personnel changes since working there.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent health and education benefits for employee, spouse, and children. Comfortable campus environment.

    Cons

    Pay is lower in academia in general than in comparable jobs in either the public or private sector. Downtown Los Angeles location can be difficult in terms of accessibility and surrounding crime. However, the lower pay is more than offset by benefits, public transit and carpool lanes are easy travel challenges, and crime is almost always off campus rather than on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work, hours are flexible

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    Current Employee - Student Technical Lead
    Current Employee - Student Technical Lead

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

    Pros

    Care about workers, flexible hours

    Cons

    Tend to hire from outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect more with lower level workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall positive experience as an administrator.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Supervisor always willing and happy to give feedback; good upward mobility opportunities; Culture varies by department and office; metro rail stops at two locations on campus.

    Cons

    Senior-level administration can be difficult to access; student population varies-- some are fantastic, others are spoiled brats; area surrounding campus can be dangerous; traffic in the area is horrendous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the mission of the university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interning with USC Dornsife Advancement

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    Current Employee - Corporate and Foundation Relations in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate and Foundation Relations in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    USC is a university with unparalleled access to resources (financial, research, etc.) and influencers in a multitude of fields. It's exciting to work for a university that is progressive, exciting, and always striving for better. My advancement training was far-reaching, covering everything from office tasks to navigating complex portals and research platforms. The office makes every team member feel valued and important and I feel that the work I do is truly significant.

    Cons

    The office is undergoing a lot of operational and managerial changes, so the chain of command can get a little murky at times. The office space contains multiple USC departments, so I have sometimes felt socially isolated from the other branches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is fantastic about giving me the feedback I need, praise when I perfectly execute a project and constructive criticism when changes need to be made. They are absolutely transparent, which I value highly in my bosses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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