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San Jose State Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
149 Reviews
3.7
149 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.  

    Great place to work and study!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    I am having lots of hands on experience
    Also they have good teachers with latest field knowledge
    No one can forget awesome campus environment
    Syllabus is vast and interesting

    Cons

    Salary is okay, not that great at least for me
    Sometimes we become over exhausted but thats okay if we are getting to learn a lot!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing special

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Teaching Assistant in Chemistry Masters Program.

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    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pays the bills and TUITION!

    Cons

    Good support from lab coordinators, but not department HR. Felt like HR in department had it out for the TAs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TAs are unexperienced, please have patience and help us grow in a different way than you were. Feels like HR dislikes working with TAs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    SJSU box office

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    Current Employee - Box Office Ticket Seller in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Box Office Ticket Seller in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    good hrs, good coworkers, easy job

    Cons

    sometimes you dont have anything to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    graduate student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    close to the silicon valley and can approach the newest IT information and news

    Cons

    workload is large and projects are challengable

  6.  

    Part time job

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    Former Employee - Part Time in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that was able to work with school schedule

    Cons

    Not many resources to grow or learn, very tight budgets always keep programs stressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully recieve more funding to help out all your staff and faculty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Good location and well qualified professors

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern Associate in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - 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

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