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San Jose State Reviews

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

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    University Housing Services

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    Former Employee - Housing Services in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Housing Services in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the one on one contact with students.

    Cons

    The leadership is horrible. It's a very dysfunctional department and has been for many years. You'd be lucky if you were ever treated with respect and kindness from any one of your upper management leaders - and most of your co-workers. It's very prison like, if that makes sense. Move on, and find somewhere else to work. You will not be happy here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to people and stop promoting a culture of separatism , negativity and hatred. The overall morale here has been fractured for several years, and no one has done anything to try and fix that. It' s department that allows it's managers to be rude and excessively controlling (read micro management) at will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from SJSU

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    Current Employee - Administrative Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Program Coordinator

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    The benefits and the opportunity to help students are great reasons to work for SJSU

    Cons

    Everything else -the administration sucks, the academic material is outdated, everyone has job security and nobody wants to learn more or evolve. The worst thing about SJSU is possibly that they will lie to potential new hires to get them in the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would tell them that my superior has NO skills and NO responsibilites (b/c she pushes it all onto others). She doesn't see the big picture and doesn't know the details. It takes twice as long to get anything done b/c she insists on receiving updates on projects (which is fine), but then you need to slowly explain every aspect to her a few times b/c she is slow. In my opinion, my boss possibly has a cognitive processing delay. I would tell Senior Management to get rid of her.

    Doesn't Recommend
  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.  

    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
  8.  

    Terrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    POSSIBILITY for flexible hours .... barely

    Cons

    REALLY HARD to get schedule changes. Irresponsible management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard place to work

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a good opportunity to work with students in the college level. The campus is beautiful and the students are very strong and determined.

    Cons

    Being a student employee they would not take my feedback, even though they would ask for it. Nothing would ever change as things were getting worse and worse as the year went on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to leave as they are not effective in their positions. They say they care for the students but they don't show that at all. All of them are doing whatever they can to save their jobs by throwing others under the bus so that they look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    TA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for learning and growth.

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized school. Also, not the safest place in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is directed to counselors and whoever it is that makes graduation requirements: you are absolutely terrible. You advise students incorrectly and you keep changing the requirements. Also, the pay is not exactly up to par for the positions you are given.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people; terrible beauracracy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people who are committed to the university and to their careers.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and politics reign supreme. The AVP of Admin & Finance runs roughshod over the entire organization and can do so because he has political cover from the president.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Man up and do your job! You can't always be liked by your employees; respect is the coin of the realm for leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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