San Jose State Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. Exec Admin

    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Education benefit and retirement benefits

    Cons

    Pay structure is old and most employees are underpaid.


  2. Helpful (1)

    TA

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get Fee-waiver which is pretty good.

    Cons

    You don't learn anything. Its just instructing students.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Communication Studies Wonderful Department

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great community and highly respectful and professional chair

    Cons

    No cons to comment on .


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  5. Great people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best multi cultural environment in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    There were no cons at this University.


  6. good place to work

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    relax, friendly people to work with

    Cons

    not good for learning, benefit and salary is not so good as well


  7. Departments Vary Greatly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mulicultural. Health benefits are good. Some nice people who try to do the right thing. A large number of dedicated and polite students who want to do well.

    Cons

    I worked there for ten years. Got my graduate degree there. As the only African American and AA woman for most of my time there, I would not recommend the English department. I have heard good things about other departments, but my experience is that adminstrators ignore union rules unless forced to comply, they don't support or train comp teachers, and they pretend racial issues don't exist. Not one meeting on diversity issues and I repeatedly brought attention to this. There are some well intentioned faculty there and some nice people and I lasted ten years, at which point I couldn't take it anymore. Further, the department is unfocused, lacking a vision and sound pedagogy. The adminstration, when I retired, was both inexperienced and unwilling to make this unwieldy department function as it should, for the benefit of the students. Low pay and the issues above make this an environment I would say deserves a miss. Find a workplace that is supportive,sensitive to faculty of color and pays better. Too much focus on SOTES, an evaluating tool that doesn't match student learning objectives or get at what students learned in the class and a complete disregard for other types of assessment. You deserve better, especially when you are being paid part time, but working full time, including weekends.

    Advice to Management

    The administration is overpaid and constantly changing. Training in leadership and sensitivity to the unique problems of students and faculty of color should be required.


  8. Excellent experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pretty much able to work my own hours since scheduling is flexible to accommodate students who are enrolled full-time

    Cons

    No benefits as a student employee and somewhat low wages since there are limits to how much they can pay us.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The professor who manages student employees in our department is knowledgeable, so trust him to keep student employees satisfied with their job


  9. UNKNOWN

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Great Benefits...

    Cons

    No cons that are meaningful enough to state

    Advice to Management

    No advice that are meaningful enough to state


  10. Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time

    Pros

    Good place to study here neat and clean

    Cons

    College is wider and have to search for dept aisle.


  11. Custodiam

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    Current Employee - Custodian in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Custodian in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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



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