University of Southern California Reviews

Updated May 13, 2021

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University of Southern California President Carol L. Folt
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Pros
  • "good staff policy, transparent work environment(in 164 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and culture for employees(in 127 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Bad neighborhood especially near the Colliseum(in 72 reviews)

  • "Pay is not enough to live in downtown LA year round(in 32 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Review of my work as a TA

      May 13, 2021 - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Its a good work for students

      Cons

      Nothing much. it was good

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      USC

      May 12, 2021 - Associate Dean in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great team and great benefits

      Cons

      There are no cons that I can think of

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great benefits

      May 12, 2021 - Manager of Communications in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Large org with plenty of support for workers

      Cons

      not a lot of growth ops for comms professionals

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      May 11, 2021 - Student in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good starting experience for students

      Cons

      pay and hours can be better

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Love it

      May 9, 2021 - PhD Graduate Student in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      love graduate school at USC

      Cons

      Transparency is lacking. I wish they were more upfront about where money is going

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great School

      May 10, 2021 - Mechanical Engineering Student in Santa Maria, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of learning opportunity for engineering students

      Cons

      Wish it was in person

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great work as a student

      May 9, 2021 - Tutor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible hours, great managers and co-workers

      Cons

      Lower pay than private industry

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Place To Advance Your Research Career

      Apr 26, 2021 - Postdoctoral Scholar in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I could negotiate which classes I want to teach. I feel supported by the department. The administration seems helpful (at least, they answer my questions within 1-2 days).

      Cons

      The salary might not be very competitive - especially for such a place as Los Angeles.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      No Room To Excel

      Apr 26, 2021 - IT Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Although USC is a great place to work and a top university in the nation , USC-ITS department really is not great to work based on my experience.

      Cons

      No proper planning in software development. Although they follow old fashioned waterfall approach the program director and the executive director of ITS don't at all have a great vision and proper knowledge in driving the team properly. They hired inexperienced non-IT people in to the IT team and that itself explains how poorly the team in built. During my tenure I did not see any sort of training documentation. Program director doesn't even know the importance of status meeting, on a daily basis she takes attendance who is in and out of office. Micro management at its worst.

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      University of Southern California Response

      Thank you for your feedback. USC strives to meet the highest expectations and embodies a culture where everyone demonstrates the highest standards and values. It's disheartening to read about your experience as this is in no way the environment we strive to foster at USC. Please reach out to the Office of Professionalism and Ethics at www.report.usc.edu with any concerns.

    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      A lot of mutual dependencies

      May 13, 2021 - Instructional Designer in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - nice benefits & perks - departments are decently resourced

      Cons

      - you suppress your individuality to keep the Trojan Horse engine running - departments are siloed, with strong hierarchies within each silo where leadership remains relatively invisible

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