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University of Southern California Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Postdoctoral fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A quiet, peace, safe place to work.

    Cons

    Bad public transportation, must have a car.


  2. "Student Worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibles hours. Higher payment compared to other universities.

    Cons

    Slow payroll system. Nothing more.


  3. "Viterbi Lab Safety Specialist Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


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  5. "Teaching Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salary + health insurance

    Cons

    Extra hours, no advance opportunities


  6. "Supportive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule , friendly and easy going

    Cons

    The Commute via LA down town traffic has its moments .. Thanks to metro rail now though

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for being supportive


  7. "Student Research Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Great Place to work, great mentor

    Cons

    could improve on salary and provide more opportunities


  8. "USC"

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

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

    Pros

    casual environment, relaxed dress code

    Cons

    A lot of office politics, gossip.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunctional even for academia"

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

    I worked at University of Southern California (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provides good employee benefits and access to cutting edge technologies.

    Cons

    Department management does not promote from within. Highly dysfunctional and ineffective management style allowed to continue even after repeated reports of issues to upper management and human resources by senior staff. Reasons for issues not explored, displaced blame and an overall lack of emotional intelligence in supervisors for handling team building and low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your talented (existing) staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides excellent access to research.

    Cons

    This school cares more about promoting itself with impressive public relations than about what is being taught in its classrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Implement strategies to support faculty governance.


  11. "Work life in University of Southern California"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Highly skilled professors, very nice staff and ambitious students.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


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