San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
138 Reviews
3.5
138 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.  

    fun place to work

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    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    fun place to work, great coworkers. Students coming for help are nice. You can make good friends with them sometimes.

    Cons

    a little bit unorganized, not clear instruction. No water for tutors

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Okay paying for little work

    Cons

    not very professional and many last minute work

  3.  

    Part-time lecturer for two semesters

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    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
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  5.  

    Great for Entry Level Postion

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great starting point for career.
    Laid back work environment

    Cons

    Benefits are minimal.
    No PTO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    friendly environment and beautiful campus

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    • 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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

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    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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