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nice company but lots of backstabbing
Business Manager (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles County, CASeptember 28, 2016
The culture is changing probably for the better but it isn't very ethical and it's very confusing. Too many politics. There are lots of changing going on and with all the money being donated, it makes sense that there is a lot of politics and back scratching. You have to be careful who you say what to.
Pros
great benefits and tuition benefits if you stay around and get in
Cons
too much politics and little growth.
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Great Place to work
Safety Specialist (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 20, 2016
The atmosphere at the workplace is very nice with friendly people. There is a job security with good benefits. The management is focused towards your and the institutions development.
Pros
nice weather, good benifits
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USC is a fantastic employer that provides stability and professional growth for those that want opportunity.
Senior Buyer, USC Bookstores (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 10, 2016
USC has great people, great achievements, and a great culture. It's a very exciting place to work. The University is always on the cutting edge from not only an academic perspective but one of business as well.
Pros
Excellent benefits, beautiful surroundings, bright, intelligent and driven people.
Cons
Too many bikes and skateboards :)
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Great Company to work for with amazing benefits and retirement
Culinary Specialist (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMay 17, 2016
I love working at USC. Great benefits, PTO, vacation, sick time, school opportunities, union based. A lot of the workers have been there for YEARS, sometimes its hard to move up because no one wants to leave. The managers are good for the most part, you can expect micromanagement anywhere you go but if you show hard work and dedication it is highly likely to move up faster.
Hardest part is sometimes finding motivation and working well with your fellow co workers. The best part is that you will always get your breaks, free meals, discounts on amusement parks, free tuition, benefits, 401 k, and feeling apart of the Trojan Family.
Pros
Benefits, PTO, Retirement, Tuition
Cons
Slow to move up if you want to excel
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Great environment, depending on department and/or unit
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 19, 2016
USC is a great place to be, a very invigorating environment. That being said. Depending on your unit, it may be difficult to navigate the landscape. The benefits are great, the politics can be rough at times.
Pros
Campus, Students.
Cons
Politics
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A Big Machine
Telecommunications (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 16, 2016
Overall a good place to work. Benefits are hand-down the best part. Fighting for your right to take time off was the most challenging. Every department is different, and like most large-scale employers a lot gets sacrificed, especially at lower levels, for the "greater good" of the university; but working for USC is like being part of a family. People who left tended to remain friends with coworkers, or returned to the school for football games or special occasions as if they were alumni. In my experience it was a stressful place to work, but it was a satisfying one.
Pros
Co-workers, family-like environment
Cons
Stressful, large-scale employer means details are lost
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It's a job!
Office Manager/Bookkeeper (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJuly 29, 2016
Benefits and compensation are good.
Environment is very political and micro-managed

Employees take advantage of the system. It is backwards... those that work are punished by denial of time off. I believe management are afraid of the "system" workers. Does not create a good atmospher
Pros
Benefits good
Cons
very political
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Great, Fun Place to Work!
Administrative Assistant II (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CADecember 5, 2016
USC really knows how to show their employees they are appreciated. Fun work environment, great benefits, job security and compensation.
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Great folks to work with, very challenging project
Senior Director, Enterprise Systems Implementation (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 14, 2016
USC was a great place to work. I was fortunate to have a great team. The down side was we took on too many projects in a short time frame (4 years). I was asked to lead project teams to successfully move the University's finance (GL, accounts payable and accounts receivable) payroll, HR, time accounting and their research administration systems from their 20 year old legacy systems to new state of the art systems.

A typical day was 12 to 15 hours for me staying on top of the project budgets and plans and preparing status updates for the executive steering committees for the major projects.

The hardest part of the job was keeping the teams focused on their objectives and isolating them from the internal politics.

The most enjoyable part of the job was celebrating our successes and working with the dedicated staff.
Pros
Support from the senior executives
Cons
Too much to do and not enough time in the day to get it all done
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Productive and Busy Environment
Housekeeping (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 22, 2016
Typical day at work included team work, music, instruction. What you don't know, they teach you. Always receiving rewarding meetings and lunches, hard work does not go unnoticed. The only hard thing to deal with is the Union. Union doesn't really help or fix any problem you may have. Management is good. They handle what they can with the rules they have to abide to.
Pros
Rewarding lunches, raffles, music.
Cons
Union
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Very professional academic/research environment
Technical Coordinator (Former Employee) –  playa vistaMay 11, 2016
Excellent learning environment. Research driven work mainly for government that required at times long hours that were challenging, yet very rewarding.
Pros
Great company benefits
Cons
government funded. Short contracts.
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Excellent University to work for. I could have stayed working there, however, I relocated and it was a very long commute for me.
Financial Services Department - Secretary III (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 26, 2016
Excellent University to work for. Interfaced with students on a daily basis. Developed & maintained good customer relations with students and USC Associates. There was no dull moment in that campus. The most busiest or hardest part of the job was during the open enrollment, where every students come to our Department to make payments for their Tuition. The most enjoyable part of the job was do the best I can to help students in the midst of crucial moment.
Pros
Free lunches provided by the Manager only when busy.
Cons
Health care benefits, discount on any courses you take, free schooling for full time employee's kids after serving 15 years working in the University.
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Productive without micro managment
Payment Specialist (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAOctober 18, 2016
Great work environment. Allowed to work as a team, but also individually to accomplish team goals. Learned to be pay close attention to detail and become the top payment specialist.
Pros
Catered holiday lunches
Cons
low room for advancement
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Great program
Internship (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 28, 2016
Great program, excellent management, superb co-workers, great benefits package and lots of growth opportunities within USC
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Exhausting but beautiful campus
Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 6, 2016
USC has excellent facilities and helpful administrators. I am content with my salary and benefits but would have liked more on the job training and support.
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Programmer Analyst (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAOctober 11, 2016
Gud retirement benefits and great higher education policies. Winter break is a good allowance and leave policies are generous. Downside are mandatory lunch breaks and old fashioned work style( no work from home).
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Grading USC
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJune 28, 2016
One stays busy, I've learned a great set of skills, management needs much training, co- workers are ok. Hardest part of the job is working with the people. Most enjoyable part of the job is the work, I love what I do.
Pros
Great Place to Work for
Cons
The Pay is not great
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Fast-Paced and always interesting
Clinical Research Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAApril 25, 2016
Great Staff; work well as a group. Flexibility on how you can do your work. Upper Management could support staff better.
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
Benefits
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Great benefits
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJune 27, 2016
Requires ability to mutli-task and interact with customers. I learned that attentive management will celebrate employs and applaud exceptional service. Hardest part of the job are duties that go beyond job description, but are required nonetheless in order to keep operations afloat.
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grate place to work and excellent benefits
Food Production Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMay 19, 2016
Fast paced enviroment with 3500+ customers a day to serve, focus on detail and customer service. satisfaction of happy customers at the end of shift makes all the hard work worth while. managment is great and understandig of employees personal isssues and always provides adequated support and guide in everyday tasks.
Pros
excellent benefits
Cons
low wages
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