San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
139 Reviews
3.5
139 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.  

    fun place to work

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

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

    Pros

    fun place to work, great coworkers. Students coming for help are nice. You can make good friends with them sometimes.

    Cons

    a little bit unorganized, not clear instruction. No water for tutors

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great for Entry Level Postion

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

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

    Pros

    Great starting point for career.
    Laid back work environment

    Cons

    Benefits are minimal.
    No PTO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Worked as a Instructional Teacher Assistant

    Former Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Provides students with extra cash in their pockets
    opportunity to play a leader role within a professional environment
    Help other students understand concepts and expand their knowledge
    Gives opportunity to master/practice material that can be crucial for degree
    The best way of learning and mastering something is to teach it to others

    Cons

    It can be challenging to grade all the coursework especially when being a full-time student in Computer Engineering department.

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  5.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

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

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The program continues to improve every year with the hard work of the professors. Unlike most art schools, SJSU is much cheaper. We collaborate with major studios such as Dreamworks, ILM, and Nickelodeon. Once you join the program you become family for life.

    Cons

    Mostly politics. The university won't let us become our own department even though we have over 600 students in our major and only 3 classrooms and 3 labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us become our own department and give us room to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great job for student while going to school!

    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 an year)

    Pros

    They taught you everything you needed and was flexible with school schedule and school work.

    Cons

    Management talked about each other behind each others back which I found unprofessional.

  7.  

    San Jose State always in motion

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

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many career paths to choose from. Many opportunities to network with students, faculty and staff. If you live to learn this is a great place to be.
    The campus in downtown San Jose is always buzzing with activity and friendly new faces to meet and greet.

    Cons

    Each department can be considered separately, based on the culture and personalities involved, so your mileage may vary. Depending on your path, you may love it or may not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My experience at SJSU was a positive one.

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

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

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here: central to Silicon Valley, get to meet a lot of people, campus constantly being updated, amazing library on campus, well organized, smooth processes in paperwork, and overall just a solid organization.

    Cons

    Buying my employee parking permit was difficult the first time I tried, because my paperwork didn't go through yet and I needed my pass that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management, please be sure that you try to actually do what the websites and media say about how good SJSU is. Sometimes, reality versus what is advertised is slightly skewed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing experience. Got to learn lots of new stuffs.

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

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best education til now. The social environment is very awesome. The Campus life is truly rocking. Lots of awareness programs everywhere. The staff is really cooperative. Lots of enthusiasm in extra curricular activities.

    Cons

    Challenges are that you'll get to learn new stuff. You need to give more working hours towards completion of the task.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Student Assistant Postition

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    The people you get to work with and the students you get to serve!

    Cons

    Low compensation, low opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Collaborate!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Friendly atmosphere.

    Former Employee - Technical Services Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Services Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The people were really a joy to work with. There were little lunch-time parties often, walks to the farmers market, and bring-in-baked-goods days. I could let me boss know if something really interested me, or if my work was alternately too boring. They would try to mix it up so everything got done without anyone feeling like a drone.

    Cons

    Some of the work an be really tedious. A lot of organizing, stamping, filing, scanning.

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