San Jose State Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
130 Reviews
3.7
130 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.  

    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 for less than a 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.

  2.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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.

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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    My experience at SJSU was a positive one.

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    Amazing experience. Got to learn lots of new stuffs.

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Student Assistant Postition

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  9.  

    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 for more than a 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.

  10.  

    San Jose State has good work ethic, active creative pursuit, and endless technological opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I've been here as student, faculty, and staff. The community is very hard working. A large amount of work gets done by a small amount of hands. This is due to the nature of networking in which San Jose State thrives on. Friendly, dedicated, and passionate about their work. I enjoy living and exploring downtown San Jose as well.

    Cons

    It is a California State school. We are going through budget crisis as well as understaffed faculty. The negatives are more towards the cal state system rather than the school itself. I think most public schools are in a similar fashion. Upper administration I only hear of and in concern to being understaffed and not compensated for their endless efforts. This is also a large reflection of our educational system in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There really isn't much transparency between the upper administration and department administration. The turnover time between requests makes projects unrealistic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent management team that cares about developing and encouraging young talent.

    Cons

    challenging to provide services to a large number of students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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