San Jose State Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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San Jose State President Mohammad Qayoumi
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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. Workshop Facilitator

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    • 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.


  2. Nice place to retire

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    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.


  3. 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


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  5. 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


  6. Lifeguard

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    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!


  7. instrcutor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work with students that really care about study.
    Extensive choice of classes with experienced instructors

    Cons

    low pay and difficult to find parking

    Advice to Management

    raise pay to avoid talent drain


  8. Ok, but not fast moving

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

    I worked at San Jose State full-time

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for self direction. The campus is nicely located in San Jose, and hours are very flexible and include summers off.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, little recognition for achievement, especially with junior faculty. Promotion is archaic, and requires physical preparation of a thick dossier.

    Advice to Management

    Support junior faculty, promote their acheivements, and cut the red tape. Too many forms to fill out, too many levels of review to get things done properly.


  9. Teaching Associate

    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    It has been an great experience working at San Jose State University. I had my communication skill improved a lot. I know better how to organize my opinion and express it clearly and efficiently.

    Cons

    Parking lot is always crowded when I worked at San Jose State University. There is no other disadvantages working at San Jose State University.


  10. Some departments are better than others

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours for students
    Excellent benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    No accountability for certain manager's actions


  11. TA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    nice place
    nice staff
    nice people
    nice students

    Cons

    no cons
    everything is good
    stay positive

    Advice to Management

    no advice
    everything is good



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