San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
142 Reviews
3.5
142 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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    Student Design Assistant

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    Current Employee - Design Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    It is very convenient when switching between classes and work. The workload is pretty light and not as stressful and demanding as internships and work outside. Very casual and gives student the basic work experience. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The pay is not really that great. They pay you minimum wage which is ok for the work you do. I just wish they payed more when your working a lot of hours. Most of the time, they are not great as portfolio pieces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance is easy since the work is on campus which subtracts a lot of commute time. But design classes are usually long and they want you to be available as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good location and well qualified professors

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn and advance

    Cons

    not many cons to worried about

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great Professional Experience While in Attending College

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

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    The atmosphere was professional. I felt respected in the office where I worked. All employees in my office and all surrounding offices seemed to be very courteous and professional.

    Cons

    It would have been nice to learn a bit more marketable skills, i.e. technical skills or soft skills. However, I was able to work a fair amount with Excel using different feature and I definitely learned a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great school to work for.

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for, and there are a lot of very educated people working for this university.

    Cons

    Obviously people always want more pay, and that is true of this company as well, again my job was funded through the government, so there is not much one can do about getting a raise through your direct manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Value for skills, Professional Attitude, Helpful, Good Mentors, Job is entirely different from my major, Chance to networking with other professionals at the university.

    Cons

    Physically exhaustive. Have to wear Headphones for most part.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Freshmen Orientation Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freshmen Orientation and Transition Leader in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Freshmen Orientation and Transition Leader in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The connections you make, the leadership skills you develop, free housing and food over the summer. Oh and a stipend bonus on top of your promised salary!

    Cons

    The head hancho in charge is a bit strict but honestly, very understandable and willing to talk things out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lab Intern was fun.

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    Former Employee - Lab Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice, Helpful, Room for Growth, Weather is really great

    Cons

    No perks, environment is very slow at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graphic Design Assistant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment and nice people. iHouse has a wide range of activities and events, students could get experience there, which may build up their confidence.

    Cons

    There are many traditions and rules that might be the challenge to do creativity projects. In addition, the majority of residences are exchange students, learning the good way to communicate with people who have different background is not a easy thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organising more activities for current residents. Moreover, reinforce the relationship with alumni, it could through sending newsletter, social media messages and so on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Student Assistant

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    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

    Salary was nice.
    Work gained me experience

    Cons

    To much work some times which made me work less on my academics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are fine . no advices

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Masters of Archives Administration Program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Very good teachers and excellent curriculum for advancing your career in Library Studies. Convenient and accessible online option to complete program.

    Cons

    Perhaps the inability to complete the program sooner or other options to more easily complete the degree. Other than that, excellent school!

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