As a student employee I was able to communicate with University staff, students, and visitors. I enjoyed this work very much. I was required to answer phones, deliver mail, and handle other administrative paper work.
Undergraduate Student Services Program Coordinator (Former Employee) – Columbia, SC – July 20, 2017
I enjoyed working here as a student worker. I worked as a Peer Counselor in the Psychology undergraduate office. I got to help my fellow students and learned a lot about the department and academic advising.
A typical day in this role consisted of either grading papers or leading discussion sections of thirty students, three times per week. I learned how to effectively communicate with students and how to teach them to write and think independently. The workplace culture was good because the professors that I worked for were very supportive and knowledgable about the subjects and how to teach them. The hardest part of the job was dealing with students who weren't interested in the material. The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing a student's hard work pay off.
Student (Former Employee) – online – July 13, 2017
I chose USC to study Public Health. I am interested in the field, specifically food safety/restaurant inspection. So much information was obtained. The instructor was clear in explanation and helpful. Highly recommend
The work was fast paced but enjoyable. I developed various promotional videos used by the University on social media pages as well as their websites. great experience with working individually and also as a group to develop quality videos for promoting departments in the University of South Carolina.
I guess depending on what department you work for translates to how you'll enjoy your job. I worked for the environmental department. Never had an issue with Management, they were very down to earth. The biggest downfall was that only myself and one other on our crew of about 8 took our job seriously. The professionalism of many of our coworkers was lacking greatly. Many times it made us all look bad..
Management, laid back environment
Coworkers very unprofessional. Low pay with little chance of increase
Electrician (Former Employee) – Columbia, SC – June 27, 2017
the pay sucks but the benefits are good. USC facilities and maintenance provides, a service vehicle, uniforms, tools, credit card for materials, boots, 18 hrs accrue leave/mth along with an hour lunch break. The benefits are okay, with access to insurance and retirement. The pay however, sucks! Expect to be a Band 4 employee at 29,500 salary until you can upgrade to a supervisory position, which is pretty much not worth it because a supervisor doesnt make much more. The work flow most of time is slow. Just kinda ride around looking for something to do. I think I might go back when I retire and don't need to make a living.
a service vehicle, uniforms, tools, credit card for materials, boots, 18 hrs accrue leave/mth along with an hour lunch break
below market pay, dead end job, no room for progression
Best pharmacy job ever! The pharmacy director is a smart lady who enjoys having a superb staff. In other words, she will respect you in your position. Not like pharmacists who like to micro manage. She's a really good pharmacist so you'll definitely have to bring your A game and know how to take direction. But you can relax too BC she's someone you can ask anything to and know she is going to help you with whatever issue. The other staff members are great too!
This is the only place I have ever worked that I can say everyone seems to really care about the patients/students/customers.
They go out of their way each and every day to assist the students of U.S.C. and their families.
Pay (sort of), staff, environment
The bad attitudes of students at times (too important to stand in line)
Senior Web Designer (Former Employee) – Columbia, SC – June 13, 2017
USC is a great place to work if you want to broaden your knowledge. I've learned about physics, public safety, oceanography, and exercise science all from working for different departments there. Smart, interesting co-workers and work that never gets boring. Really, the main downside to working at USC is that a lot of positions are grant-funded, which means that if the funding for the grant paying your salary isn't renewed, your job disappears. However, it's still a good opportunity if you're not concerned about staying for more than a few years.
Lab/Process Intern (Former Employee) – South Carolina – June 5, 2017
I was there as an intern. The stipend was 4,800 for the summer and the housing was free. I liked trouble shooting experimental equipment when things would go wrong. However, most of the job consisted of lab work. I roomed with 3 other guys and there were 12 of us total. Everyone was really cool and I had a blast while I was there.
Typical days are slow outside of peak student involvement (beginning of semester/end of the semester). Management is understanding of this and typically not overbearing. It is a great place to work if you value those bursts of energy and downtime to prevent burnout.