San Jose State Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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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
  • State budget cuts really cut down on classes (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. full-time staff employee

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    Former Employee - Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San Jose State full-time

    Pros

    government jobs with benefits and pension; if you pass probation then you get your job security

    Cons

    low pay with worse benefits than cities and santa clara county; high turnover at management level so employees get lost very often in terms of direction; no promotion or room for young professionals to grow; salary is not negotiable for new hires and make candidates think SJSU is not looking for candidates with skills, education, working experience, and qualifications but the salary they can offer; usually the lowest salary in the range listed on the job posting is offered; the university is negative in media in recent years; overall low employee morale on campus

    Advice to Management

    care about your employees; no micromanagement


  2. Student Services Professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Jose State (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great student body; lots of growth and renovations going on.

    Cons

    So much to do, so few staff and faculty to do it Leadership is oblivious to turnover and retention issues, or just doesn't care So much staff and faculty burn out Faculty is against staff, and staff is against staff. Sometimes it's really hard to collaborate within one's own department or across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff professional development. Stop seeing staff as disposable. If you see a pattern of staff retention, then that means something is wrong--do something about it!


  3. Great university, terrible place to work.

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    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San Jose State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience, good benefits/retirement, some very nice people--some really care about the students an some don't

    Cons

    Lots of politics, management is autocratic, faculty has lots of power,way behind the times, old fashioned, minimal raises, lots of sour-puss faculty, $$$ is always an issue, no upper mobility

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, treat and pay your people fairly, need new leadership


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  5. On campus internship that services Santa Clara county

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    Current Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at San Jose State as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient on campus job to gain data entry and customer interface skills through the center hotline, website, and email services.

    Cons

    Student run management with little to no advising. Poor interactions with the professor who was the department advisor, who was either hardly present, or was verbally abusive I did not feel like I gained valuable skills or experience from the type of data entry and phone calls I did.

    Advice to Management

    Help students be more accountable for mistakes, have advisors present for a better learning process.


  6. Part time job

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    Former Employee - Part Time in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that was able to work with school schedule

    Cons

    Not many resources to grow or learn, very tight budgets always keep programs stressed

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully recieve more funding to help out all your staff and faculty


  7. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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    Hard place to work

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. TA

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. 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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. 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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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