San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
142 Reviews
3.5
142 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.  

    Student Design Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    It is very convenient when switching between classes and work. The workload is pretty light and not as stressful and demanding as internships and work outside. Very casual and gives student the basic work experience. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The pay is not really that great. They pay you minimum wage which is ok for the work you do. I just wish they payed more when your working a lot of hours. Most of the time, they are not great as portfolio pieces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance is easy since the work is on campus which subtracts a lot of commute time. But design classes are usually long and they want you to be available as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good location and well qualified professors

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn and advance

    Cons

    not many cons to worried about

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Part time faculty member (lecturer). Morale is quite low for faculty.

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Working in an academic environment can be really rewarding. The students are generally great to work with and in my opinion they are the single best reason to work at SJSU. Also, there are resources available for doing research (mainly through King Library). Certain times of the year can be extremely busy but you are compensated with lots of time off (compared to private industry).

    Cons

    When you are "part time" you might actually work a full time schedule and get full time pay (which is good), but you are considered a part timer, which means they can let you go pretty easily. So you don't have a lot of security. Last year a bunch of part time faculty were suddenly not given any courses to teach (I was lucky to not be one of the ones cut). They were given very little notice and many of them had been working there for decades. On the one hand, the school seems to be pushing for more part-time lecturers to fill the faculty (clearly because SJSU wants to save money by not hiring tenure track faculty). So this means that there may be more work for adjunct faculty. But on the other hand, they are pushing for large lecture classes, or online courses, which reduce the number of teachers needed. These large lecture classes make for A TON of grading. SJSU (I believe) wants to squeeze out the full time positions in order to save money. But this will of course dilute the quality of education. In general, for all teachers, including full time tenure track faculty, the pay is low considering the level of education needed to teach there and the cost of living in the area. No major raises are likely to come soon. Most of the faculty is fed up with the administration who have lavishly spent on new buildings and a $28 million dollar contract with CISCO to put in technology that nobody wants. (That was a no bid contract by the way.)

    In general the morale is very low and the atmosphere is tense among the faculty and students. I do not recommend working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administration is alienating the people who make SJSU what it is. The faculty and the students are most important. The school should put the bulk of its resources toward hiring good faculty and pushing for research funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Professional Experience While in Attending College

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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

    Pros

    The atmosphere was professional. I felt respected in the office where I worked. All employees in my office and all surrounding offices seemed to be very courteous and professional.

    Cons

    It would have been nice to learn a bit more marketable skills, i.e. technical skills or soft skills. However, I was able to work a fair amount with Excel using different feature and I definitely learned a lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment

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    Current Employee - Intern Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern Associate in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Laid back workplace and nice colleagues
    Moderate working pace
    Balance working and study time

    Cons

    Unclear objective sometimes
    Provided training is inadequate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    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 a 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
  9.  

    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 a 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
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11.  

    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

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