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Updated May 25, 2017
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  • low salary for the first semester (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Nice Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great healthy insurance options, 401k, and they match up to 10% on your retirement.

    Cons

    Slow moving, lots of red tape and abusive supervisors can stay a long time because it's very difficult to be fired once you're in. HR is not on your side.


  2. "It's great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The university itself is great and there are lots of job opportunities and career fairs. The faculty and staff have been very helpful as well.

    Cons

    It would be better if there are more collaboration between USC and the industry.

    Advice to Management

    More communication among different schools and departments is desirable.


  3. "Good benefits and opportunities to move around"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    USC is the largest private employer in Los Angeles! You have the ability to move from one school to the next within the system.

    Cons

    The work culture can vary depending on where you work


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  5. "Student Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, meaningful work, strong campus community. If you're paired up with a great professor, you can really have a positive impact on the class you're assigned to TA, and its extremely heartening to see students get inspired and excited about a subject matter if you're good at your job.

    Cons

    Departmental politics tend to interfere with progress. Funding can be difficult to acquire for certain projects and classes. Administration seems more interested in construction and campus beautification than bettering opportunities for students and workers.

    Advice to Management

    Reassess the priority of current projects. Listen to students and faculty and what they want. Incorporate feedback into the decision making process so the needs of the many aren't consumed for the wants the few.


  6. "Post Doctoral Scholar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Nice campus. There is a lot of good research going on with a lot of support for post doctoral employees.

    Cons

    There is a lot of traffic. Worked at health science campus, but had some business at main campus and it would take a long time to commute from one campus to the other.


  7. "Student Athlete Academic Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Southern California part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - flexible working hours
    - relaxed environment
    - good pay
    - decent job while a student

    Cons

    - no benefits
    - athletes forced to be there
    - no team atmosphere


  8. "Annenberg Fellows have a decent grad school life here"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, nice campus, good schools

    Cons

    Stipend has not been adjusted with inflation


  9. "Provost IT Student Worker"

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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 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -Can work on homework in between tasks on the job

    Cons

    -Work volume is inconsistent; most weeks are light and slow, some weeks are have lots of tasks to be done


  10. "Viterbi Lab Safety Specialist Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - chill co-workers
    - variety of work
    - pays better than other student jobs
    - good for resume
    - flexible hours

    Cons

    - priorities get changed often
    - sometimes work in creepy basement

    Advice to Management

    - let us finish projects before assigning new ones


  11. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Intern - Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Southern California as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    my manager was a very nice and understanding person and workload was reasonable

    Cons

    some of the payroll staff were really lousy and took weeks for them to pay me!


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