San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
143 Reviews
3.6
143 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits; has some strong concentrations (engineering, business, etc) (in 6 reviews)

  • Wonderful in environment to work in with like minded people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The budget cuts from the government is downside that keeps the university from growing to its fullest (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay compared with other Silicon Valley industries(even compared to other educational institutions like k-12 and community colleges) (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern Associate in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back workplace and nice colleagues
    Moderate working pace
    Balance working and study time

    Cons

    Unclear objective sometimes
    Provided training is inadequate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Okay paying for little work

    Cons

    not very professional and many last minute work

  3.  

    Part-time lecturer for two semesters

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    University and department staff treated me very professionally

    Cons

    Having previously taught Berkeley students, I found the students at San Jose State needed a LOT of guidance (for instance, to actually take notes during my lectures, something I had assumed any college student would know to do without being told). I taught an online course during summer session. About 7 of 10 students in the class either failed or came away with Ds.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    SJSU

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Moss Landing, CA
    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Moss Landing, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people working to provide a quality education for Californians

    Cons

    Negatively impacted by inadequate funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    friendly environment and beautiful campus

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    On-campus jobs help to support you while in college

    Cons

    On campus jobs are hard to find due to the high number of students, especially with a large number of international students competing for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I have taught at Charles W. Davidson for one year and for College of Applied Arts and Sciences for three semesters

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The students are the very best people on Mother Earth

    Cons

    My only reviews come from students and from Dr. Linda Mitchell who recently retired. She is the only administrator who watched me teach. She gave me a good review. I would like the professional reviews to change from 100 percent student review to 50 percent student review and 50 percent administrative review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please appreciate our work by physically showing up in our classrooms. A pay check that gets me out of the poverty level would also be greatly appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefit, and good salary. meeting lots of good people.

    Cons

    nothing bad about this job

  9.  

    Inefficient, weak leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Good benefits; has some strong concentrations (engineering, business, etc)

    Cons

    Underpaid in this area; not competitive to keep god people

  10.  

    Perfect work when you are a student, but do not stay after graduating...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a Student Assistant has its perks. They work with your schedule, you are amongst your fellow students, and you gain knowledge about all CSU policies and forms at SJSU. You gain valuable office and administrative experience.

    Cons

    At times, students can be a little pushy or demanding. As a student assistant, you can only do so much when students miss deadlines or when professors are not in to speak with them. And in some offices, the department coordinators, the chair, or professors can be difficult to work with due to their stress or personalities. From a student assistant, the only growth in this position is to become an AC I not ACII which it seems more departments are looking for AC II.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This was a remote position so it was pretty flexible. It connected me to the faculty of the department in which I was studying which proved useful later.

    Cons

    As a remote position, I felt disconnected from the task at hand, from other assistants, and from my manager. The pay was just a few dollars above minimum wage. The manager was honest when they said they considered the graduate assistants as mules, useful for just the work they provide. This manager was not interested in the GAs' growth.

    No opinion of CEO

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