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San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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3.8 82 reviews

55% Approve of the CEO

San Jose State President Mohammad Qayoumi

Mohammad Qayoumi

(29 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent salaries (for state work) good benefits, an improving HR team, a bright future(in 5 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and fun environment to work(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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    Graduate Assistant

    Graduate Assistant (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThis was a remote position so it was pretty flexible. It connected me to the faculty of the department in which I was studying which proved useful later.

    ConsAs a remote position, I felt disconnected from the task at hand, from other assistants, and from my manager. The pay was just a few dollars above minimum wage. The manager was honest when they said they considered the graduate assistants as mules, useful for just the work they provide. This manager was not interested in the GAs' growth.

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    It helps pay for tuition...

    Teaching Associate (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsI've worked as a graduate assistant (less pay) and a teaching associate (tuition waiver and a few employee benefits); the positions have some built-in support and give you direct experience with teaching undergraduates at SJSU. You also get to work closely with professors and some of your peers, and it looks good on your resume if you're moving on to a PhD or if you'll be teaching after you graduate. Teaching associates also tend to get their desired class times and days and have the freedom to plan their own lessons/syllabus (as long as it fits university requirements).

    ConsBureaucratic system often makes things harder than they need to be; the classroom technology often doesn't work, and sometimes the classroom doesn't have a projector at all. Students at SJSU tend to care less about their education and more about finishing the degree in order to find a better job; it is a commuter campus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper level administration needs a complete re-vamp to reduce corruption and increase accountability to the students and the professors/lecturers/staff. If they return the focus to delivering the best education possible to the students, instead of on pocketing the most profits, we might have a reason to be proud of the university.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just an average work place

    Parking Officer II (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThe fringe benefits are just outstanding. No comparison

    ConsNot enough opportunities for advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great union / benefits for part-time faculty

    Lecturer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsWe all know that part-time / temp college faculty are gross underpaid, but as these gigs go, SJSU's strong temp-faculty union provides the best benefits access I've seen for such positions.

    ConsNothing more than the usual for such part-time / temp college faculty positions: The pay stinks. Actually teaching five classes -- the theoretical full-time assignment -- would be an impossibly superhuman load. But have no fear; they'll never give you a full load even if you want it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIT systems are not up to par with similar institutions. Get after it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed bag.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsLots of great dedicated people who believe in the mission.

    ConsToo much politics. Salaries though public are rarely equitable and many have received no cost of living increases or standard raises since 2007.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdopt standardized methods similar to the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County for hiring and for employee pay. Implement a better "management" training program.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Students are great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsMy particular office allows for a flexible schedule but every office on campus is different. The benefits, flexibility, students, and co-workers are great. It's easy to change positions on campus if you are interested in that.

    ConsPay in this field is generally lower than what you could be making in corporate but the benefits, retirement, flexibility, and holidays make it worth it. The politics of administrators is frustrating.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ISA at SJSU EE dept

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosgood to have experience, you can learn from the professor based on his experience with the course

    Consthe salary is low, they generally give you position as ISA rather TA so do not get fees waiver

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    University Housing RA

    Residential Advisor (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsI meet lots of new people, good benefits

    ConsRA's are treated like children

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining is completely inefficient, I can sum up a week and a half of "Diversity training" as "don't be racist". Gee.... you think?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I hope things have changed

    Administrative Support (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsState job without pre-employment exam. Great benefits. Central location.

    ConsSupervisors and management need to be better engaged with support staff. Overall job satisfaction is low due to fear of losing your job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelopment of interpersonal skills

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Standard Bureaucratic Employer

    Administrative Analyst (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood benefits
    Stable job
    Good work/life balance

    ConsSlow and bureaucratic
    Low pay scale
    Paid monthly

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