San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
139 Reviews
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139 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.  

    Great environment

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back workplace and nice colleagues
    Moderate working pace
    Balance working and study time

    Cons

    Unclear objective sometimes
    Provided training is inadequate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Part-time lecturer for two semesters

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    University and department staff treated me very professionally

    Cons

    Having previously taught Berkeley students, I found the students at San Jose State needed a LOT of guidance (for instance, to actually take notes during my lectures, something I had assumed any college student would know to do without being told). I taught an online course during summer session. About 7 of 10 students in the class either failed or came away with Ds.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    friendly environment and beautiful campus

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    On-campus jobs help to support you while in college

    Cons

    On campus jobs are hard to find due to the high number of students, especially with a large number of international students competing for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I have taught at Charles W. Davidson for one year and for College of Applied Arts and Sciences for three semesters

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The students are the very best people on Mother Earth

    Cons

    My only reviews come from students and from Dr. Linda Mitchell who recently retired. She is the only administrator who watched me teach. She gave me a good review. I would like the professional reviews to change from 100 percent student review to 50 percent student review and 50 percent administrative review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please appreciate our work by physically showing up in our classrooms. A pay check that gets me out of the poverty level would also be greatly appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Perfect work when you are a student, but do not stay after graduating...

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a Student Assistant has its perks. They work with your schedule, you are amongst your fellow students, and you gain knowledge about all CSU policies and forms at SJSU. You gain valuable office and administrative experience.

    Cons

    At times, students can be a little pushy or demanding. As a student assistant, you can only do so much when students miss deadlines or when professors are not in to speak with them. And in some offices, the department coordinators, the chair, or professors can be difficult to work with due to their stress or personalities. From a student assistant, the only growth in this position is to become an AC I not ACII which it seems more departments are looking for AC II.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    As 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It helps pay for tuition...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I'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).

    Cons

    Bureaucratic 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 ManagementAdvice

    Upper 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Just an average work place

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    Current Employee - Parking Officer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Parking Officer II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The fringe benefits are just outstanding. No comparison

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great union / benefits for part-time faculty

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    We 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.

    Cons

    Nothing 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 ManagementAdvice

    IT systems are not up to par with similar institutions. Get after it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed bag.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great dedicated people who believe in the mission.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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