San Jose State Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
134 Reviews
3.5
134 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Worked as a Instructional Teacher Assistant

    Former Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Provides students with extra cash in their pockets
    opportunity to play a leader role within a professional environment
    Help other students understand concepts and expand their knowledge
    Gives opportunity to master/practice material that can be crucial for degree
    The best way of learning and mastering something is to teach it to others

    Cons

    It can be challenging to grade all the coursework especially when being a full-time student in Computer Engineering department.

  2.  

    SJSU

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    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Moss Landing, CA
    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Moss Landing, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people working to provide a quality education for Californians

    Cons

    Negatively impacted by inadequate funding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    friendly environment and beautiful campus

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    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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    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.  

    Some bad apples spoil the rest

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    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Trying to move fast and get a lot of new things done in a short time. Much faster paced than other CSUs.

    Cons

    There are some managers and staff in important positions that do not have the technical knowledge or skills to perform their jobs and cause a lot of turmoil and grief. Because of their status or tenure, management is reluctant to deal with them appropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify poor performers or people in over their heads, especially those in management, and deal with them. Find them a new appropriate placement or encourage them to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The program continues to improve every year with the hard work of the professors. Unlike most art schools, SJSU is much cheaper. We collaborate with major studios such as Dreamworks, ILM, and Nickelodeon. Once you join the program you become family for life.

    Cons

    Mostly politics. The university won't let us become our own department even though we have over 600 students in our major and only 3 classrooms and 3 labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us become our own department and give us room to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    San Jose State University

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    It is located in the downtonw San Jose and it is relatively safe place.

    Cons

    Salary for assitant professor is humiliating. Absolute value would be similar to other schools but if you consider living expences of Bay Area, it is very close to the poverty level. If you do not have anyone who are making additional money in your familly,, you will not be able to sustain your family with the salary that SJSU provides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not get too much excited even if you found a job here. Maybe it would be good place if you have a clear plan to move on to other schools later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant

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

    Pros

    Great benefit, and good salary. meeting lots of good people.

    Cons

    nothing bad about this job

  10.  

    Inefficient, weak leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Good benefits; has some strong concentrations (engineering, business, etc)

    Cons

    Underpaid in this area; not competitive to keep god people

  11.  

    Great job for student while going to school!

    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 an year)

    Pros

    They taught you everything you needed and was flexible with school schedule and school work.

    Cons

    Management talked about each other behind each others back which I found unprofessional.

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