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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated April 20, 2018
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University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias
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  • There are no cons I could think of (in 35 reviews)

  • It is very likely that you will have to pay for parking, but many places in Los Angeles do not provide parking for their employees (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Annenberg Student Worker"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Wonderful environment with helpful coworkers – everyone is very understanding and fun to work with

    Cons

    Can be chaotic at times, but nothing unexpected


  2. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to study with great advisors

    Cons

    Some of the common labs are quite old.

  3. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful professors and smart students

    Cons

    None. I have no comments

    Advice to Management

    None, the university is great


  4. "Great place to gain professional hands on knowledge for regulatory science."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to deal with regulatory affairs projects from both academic as well as industry. It can be ranging from biologic, drugs to medical devices. Talented people and great manager.

    Cons

    It is a close working environment that everyone needs to dive in and help with their own knowledge and talent.


  5. "USC Bookstore Employee/Asst. Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Supplies Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Supplies Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've learned several communication skills through this job as it required from me to be interactive and a great communicator not only towards my bosses, but amongst customers and vendors helping us sell our product. I also practiced several methods of conducting spreadsheet reports as most of my time consisted of organizing financial expenses, inventory reports, and other tasks.

    Cons

    The cons of course is that I didn't receive much knowledge or practice in my field of expertise (Mechanical Engineering) since it is only a work-study job.


  6. "Fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with cool people and very flexible for students.

    Cons

    Boring, monotonous work. Management keeps changing and is all over the place.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together.


  7. "USC Research Team Project Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Incredible network and a wealth of opportunities

    Cons

    Too focused on image, not enough substance.

  8. "A good company for someone with thick skin"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Greatly affluent company with lots to do

    Cons

    Arrogant professors that often make self serving decisions. Rarely promotes from within.

    Advice to Management

    Require professors (specifically MDs) to present facts rather than just authoritative arguments


  9. "All glitz, no glamour"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The campus is nicely maintained, especially the grounds. Staff are generally pleasant to one another. Health benefits, 401k and education benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    Hostile management culture that is insular and rarely open to feedback from staff. Corrupt senior management that makes news headlines but still retains authority positions. Low morale due to dismal pay, high work stress, and ever increasing demands from management. Job duties fluctuate, and additional duties are often added regardless of appropriateness to the position (office staff conducting laboratory equipment moves, or cleaning spaces, etc.).

    The institutions within the university to report problems are unreliable and often exacerbate employee work issues. For example, the Office of Equity and Diversity which is meant to assist employees with reporting discrimination of all sorts, will not respond to employee complaints in a timely fashion, and has even disregarded complaints entirely without review.

    While benefits were previously mentioned as a Pro, the actual compensation is a major Con. USC prides itself on offering the lowest compensation for job categories and experience, citing the health and culture benefits of joining the "Trojan Family" as reason enough for applicants to sign on.

    Advice to Management

    A dramatic culture shift needs to occur from the top down, starting with President Nikias stepping down, and new blood replacing the entrenched persons who have contributed to the toxic environment USC has become.


  10. "Would not go back"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Southern California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being around all the students keeps you young. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Iffy culture, stressful environment... (The department I worked in was Athletics.) Its like everyone is walking on eggshells, afraid to get fired or sued.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spoiling young people, open your eyes and check in on your values


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