San Jose State Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Custodiam

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Custodian in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Custodian in Hayward, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I will like to work here because its a very nice enviromental, and i will like more benefits

    Cons

    I like to work for the state because i can start something new in my life

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. San Jose State University

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Identity & Information Security Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Identity & Information Security Administrator in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great! Retirement is great! Work hours are not extreme and typically they want employees to balance work with their personal lives.

    Cons

    Pay is close to half of what you would get in industry! This is the number issue with state jobs, in additional, state jobs are the least paid in comparison to federal and city.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to pay self-motivated employees more, so that they don't leave.


  3. SJSU

    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

    Pros

    It is a good university

    Cons

    Courses are less for networking


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  5. full-time staff employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  6. Student Services Professional

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!


  7. Workshop Facilitator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good to earn extra money, and you can learn more. It looks good on your resume if you are seeking a job after graduate the school.

    Cons

    You need more hours for working. The time shifting is not so good, and you will have conflict time with different facilitators.


  8. Nice place to retire

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and stability of job are the best reasons to work for SJSU. Give yourself a little time to accrue PTO and use the Health and Dental insurance and you'll be very thankful.

    Cons

    Academia and all of its short comings. For some that isn't a problem, but for those who seek to progress their career, it might be difficult to do so depending on your position. Don't expect to see an overwhelming sense of pride.


  9. university

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Flexible, good people to work with

    Cons

    Nothing to share as a con


  10. Great university, terrible place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in San Jose, CA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  11. Lifeguard

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had a blast working as a lifeguard at San Jose State University Aquatic center. Worked with some great people, the manager was very fair and understanding (and hilarious!)

    Cons

    Nothing really bad to say about it! Opening some mornings was pretty cold, and some nights, staying until 10pm closing wasn't fun, but overall a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise the management to stay who they are and keep on trucking, because you the real hero. P-Bros and lifeguard pledge class of May 2014 forever!



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