San Jose State Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
129 Reviews
3.7
129 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent salaries (for state work) good benefits, an improving HR team, a bright future (in 5 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and fun environment to work (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.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant

    I worked at San Jose State part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefit, and good salary. meeting lots of good people.

    Cons

    nothing bad about this job

  2.  

    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 for less than a 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.

  3.  

    Inefficient, weak leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Good benefits; has some strong concentrations (engineering, business, etc)

    Cons

    Underpaid in this area; not competitive to keep god people

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  5.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time for 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
  6.  

    Great job for student while going to school!

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

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

    Pros

    They taught you everything you needed and was flexible with school schedule and school work.

    Cons

    Management talked about each other behind each others back which I found unprofessional.

  7.  

    San Jose State always in motion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Educational Staff  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Educational Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Many career paths to choose from. Many opportunities to network with students, faculty and staff. If you live to learn this is a great place to be.
    The campus in downtown San Jose is always buzzing with activity and friendly new faces to meet and greet.

    Cons

    Each department can be considered separately, based on the culture and personalities involved, so your mileage may vary. Depending on your path, you may love it or may not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Perfect work when you are a student, but do not stay after graduating...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being a Student Assistant has its perks. They work with your schedule, you are amongst your fellow students, and you gain knowledge about all CSU policies and forms at SJSU. You gain valuable office and administrative experience.

    Cons

    At times, students can be a little pushy or demanding. As a student assistant, you can only do so much when students miss deadlines or when professors are not in to speak with them. And in some offices, the department coordinators, the chair, or professors can be difficult to work with due to their stress or personalities. From a student assistant, the only growth in this position is to become an AC I not ACII which it seems more departments are looking for AC II.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    University Housing Services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Housing Services  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Housing Services in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State full-time for 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
  10.  

    Assistan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

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

    Pros

    Excellent team who care about developing their young talent A breath of fresh air in comparison to my previous career All staff members are good

    Cons

    It can be very challenge to provide services

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    My experience at SJSU was a positive one.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here: central to Silicon Valley, get to meet a lot of people, campus constantly being updated, amazing library on campus, well organized, smooth processes in paperwork, and overall just a solid organization.

    Cons

    Buying my employee parking permit was difficult the first time I tried, because my paperwork didn't go through yet and I needed my pass that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management, please be sure that you try to actually do what the websites and media say about how good SJSU is. Sometimes, reality versus what is advertised is slightly skewed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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