San Jose State Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
129 Reviews
3.7
129 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent salaries (for state work) good benefits, an improving HR team, a bright future (in 5 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and fun environment to work (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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34 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good Experience

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    nothing bad about this job

  2.  

    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

  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    Graduate Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    Smaller campus.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Teachers are hit or miss, same goes for the programs available.

    Cons

    Most students are commuters, less social life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting classes so the students can actually graduate on time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for a new professional, but tough to gain upper management experience and pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor

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

    Pros

    Good place for a new professional to gain experience.

    Cons

    Very little room to move up. Morale is low and talented staff are leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to retain talented staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    No an exiting place to work anymore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive faculty and nice location positioned in a 180 acres of SJ downtown.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow, very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To learn how to manage not micromanage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time

    Pros

    decent experience .. I worked as a student assistant in san jose state university

    Cons

    very less pay and no benefits. hard to find jobs usually jobs given based on reference and not on qualification

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Academic Technology Help Desk

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time

    Pros

    Laid back workplace. You can even do ur assignments. Comfortable job.

    Cons

    The managers are nosey parkers and act immature.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It helps pay for tuition...

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

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've worked as a graduate assistant (less pay) and a teaching associate (tuition waiver and a few employee benefits); the positions have some built-in support and give you direct experience with teaching undergraduates at SJSU. You also get to work closely with professors and some of your peers, and it looks good on your resume if you're moving on to a PhD or if you'll be teaching after you graduate. Teaching associates also tend to get their desired class times and days and have the freedom to plan their own lessons/syllabus (as long as it fits university requirements).

    Cons

    Bureaucratic system often makes things harder than they need to be; the classroom technology often doesn't work, and sometimes the classroom doesn't have a projector at all. Students at SJSU tend to care less about their education and more about finishing the degree in order to find a better job; it is a commuter campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper level administration needs a complete re-vamp to reduce corruption and increase accountability to the students and the professors/lecturers/staff. If they return the focus to delivering the best education possible to the students, instead of on pocketing the most profits, we might have a reason to be proud of the university.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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