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"Full of Talent - Currently going through an identity crisis"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marina del Rey, CA

Pros

Very smart and talented people who are also very nice in most groups.
In most group your Project leader or Division director will shield you from top level politics.
A variety of projects.
Good collaboration between groups.
Flexible work hours, co-operative supervisors.

Cons

Lots of overhead for tech support, facilities and university's cut.
Top level management seems to be wasting money in trying to find new sources of funding. Hired many expensive people who have done little to justify their salaries.
Top level management bureaucratic, erratic, money-minded while almost all the people who do the actual work are there to do research.
Top level management recently attempted to change the culture of the place through an iron fist. It backfired spectacularly, made lots of very talented people unhappy and now they seem to be in damage control mode.
Complaints reached the School of Engineering (parent of ISI), they seem to be interested in soothing the researchers but not really interested in making the top level management change their policies.
It will be interesting to see how ISI emerges out of this identity crisis.

Advice to Management

Acknowledge that your researchers priorities are about doing good research. Don't try to control everything, don't try to micro-manage. Put your egos aside. If you want to change the culture of the place then do it through a collaborative process. Don't forget that people are here to be a part of a University. Work on reducing the overhead.

Other Employee Reviews for University of Southern California

  1. "Excellent"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitve salary, great working environment. Flexible PTO, Dental, vision and health insurance. Friendly staff. Beautiful campus location in downtown.

    Cons

    Can be stressful from time to time. Must meet dealines and be on your feet at all times. Located in downtown LA.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for making such an amazing university with a great working environment and friendly managers and supervisors. Great flexibility.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and a good opportunity to network with others"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, working on the UPC campus; some great people; there is the opportunity to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and the benefits package is generous.

    Cons

    When a new president comes in, major changes are made, often without consideration of university employees; the staff are often seen as an overhead rather than a strong support of the academic side.

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of your employees as they are a valuable contribution to USC performance; cutting budgets and staff to the extent you are doing now is not fair.


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