San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated January 3, 2015
Updated January 3, 2015
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.  

    Part time faculty member (lecturer). Morale is quite low for faculty.

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Working in an academic environment can be really rewarding. The students are generally great to work with and in my opinion they are the single best reason to work at SJSU. Also, there are resources available for doing research (mainly through King Library). Certain times of the year can be extremely busy but you are compensated with lots of time off (compared to private industry).

    Cons

    When you are "part time" you might actually work a full time schedule and get full time pay (which is good), but you are considered a part timer, which means they can let you go pretty easily. So you don't have a lot of security. Last year a bunch of part time faculty were suddenly not given any courses to teach (I was lucky to not be one of the ones cut). They were given very little notice and many of them had been working there for decades. On the one hand, the school seems to be pushing for more part-time lecturers to fill the faculty (clearly because SJSU wants to save money by not hiring tenure track faculty). So this means that there may be more work for adjunct faculty. But on the other hand, they are pushing for large lecture classes, or online courses, which reduce the number of teachers needed. These large lecture classes make for A TON of grading. SJSU (I believe) wants to squeeze out the full time positions in order to save money. But this will of course dilute the quality of education. In general, for all teachers, including full time tenure track faculty, the pay is low considering the level of education needed to teach there and the cost of living in the area. No major raises are likely to come soon. Most of the faculty is fed up with the administration who have lavishly spent on new buildings and a $28 million dollar contract with CISCO to put in technology that nobody wants. (That was a no bid contract by the way.)

    In general the morale is very low and the atmosphere is tense among the faculty and students. I do not recommend working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administration is alienating the people who make SJSU what it is. The faculty and the students are most important. The school should put the bulk of its resources toward hiring good faculty and pushing for research funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard place to work

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a good opportunity to work with students in the college level. The campus is beautiful and the students are very strong and determined.

    Cons

    Being a student employee they would not take my feedback, even though they would ask for it. Nothing would ever change as things were getting worse and worse as the year went on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to leave as they are not effective in their positions. They say they care for the students but they don't show that at all. All of them are doing whatever they can to save their jobs by throwing others under the bus so that they look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    TA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for learning and growth.

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized school. Also, not the safest place in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is directed to counselors and whoever it is that makes graduation requirements: you are absolutely terrible. You advise students incorrectly and you keep changing the requirements. Also, the pay is not exactly up to par for the positions you are given.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Been here way too long

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Easy going about taking time off, understanding about balancing work and other parts of life, lots and lots and lots of parties.

    Cons

    Some people are very hard to take seriously. Furloughs, budget cuts, and layoffs all the time. The office I'm in even took away the coffee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell someone you want to move them to being a permanent, salaried, benefited employee TWICE when you have no intention to follow through. This happened to me, and each time I was told this I waited to hear about what would happen next, and they just acted like the conversation never happened.

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  6.  

    The experience was frustrating because of the many barriers impeding forward/innovative thinking.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Employment at SJSU offers wonderful benefits (at the expense of the California tax payers) and the people are genuinely very nice. The institution values loyalty and routine over change/innovation. In addition working on a hustling and bustling university campus with over 25,000 students speaking over 100 languages, many of them first generation college attendees, is stimulating. The university also offers many educational, cultural, and sporting events of which employees can participate.

    Cons

    As eluded to earlier, if you are a person who thrives on change/innovative thinking, this is not the place for you. Trying to move the system faster than its slow methodical pace governed by fear of failure/success leads to a feeling of pushing a rock up hill. The university is governed by folks that have been there a long time and are vested in maintaining the status quo and prefer to maintain a very hierarchical, closed door environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gaining strong support from the leaders of Silicon Valley requires understanding and living the values that have made the region the innovation capital of the world.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I had high hopes for this one...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    It's been great to work with very smart people and to work toward a common goal of preparing students to be competent contributors to the work force.

    Cons

    The management tends toward dishonesty and covers for each other. Even very compassionate new faculty are changed by the tenure process as that becomes their singular focus, and they loose focus on doing good for others. Those in secure tenure or senior positions do as little work as possible and finding a good mentor who will encourage personal growth and what we're all here for, excellent education of the students, is very difficult. Administrative support is virtually non-existent. Pay is extremely low, courseloads and workloads are extremely high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People only work out of the goodness of their hearts for so long. Eventually, they will need real support, real pay, real incentives, real understanding, and real security. Otherwise, they will look for how to get by on the minimum expectation, or they will look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    student assistant at san jose state event centre

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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

    Pros

    meet rock stars at the event centre

    Cons

    less prospects of growth except compluter science

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers are that experienced

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    San Jose State Misses the Mark

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    Current Employee - Professor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Location and weather. Low expectations if that is your preference. People (peers) are generally interested in students and interesting people. It is easy to ignore senior management.

    Cons

    It is not a real university, more like a college with little emphasis on scholarship. It does not "power" Silicon Valley; it is more like the sludge. It is not a home of innovation. There is a rule to prevent every idea from moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start leading. Reward scholarship. Be less concerned about your backside.

    Doesn't Recommend

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