San Jose State

  www.sjsu.edu
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

San Jose State Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
124 Reviews

3.7
124 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
San Jose State President Mohammad Qayoumi
Mohammad Qayoumi
35 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    University Housing Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Assistan

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

    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
  6.  

    My experience at SJSU was a positive one.

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

    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
  7.  

    Great school to work for.

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for, and there are a lot of very educated people working for this university.

    Cons

    Obviously people always want more pay, and that is true of this company as well, again my job was funded through the government, so there is not much one can do about getting a raise through your direct manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic

    • 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

    Pros

    Value for skills, Professional Attitude, Helpful, Good Mentors, Job is entirely different from my major, Chance to networking with other professionals at the university.

    Cons

    Physically exhaustive. Have to wear Headphones for most part.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Freshmen Orientation Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freshmen Orientation and Transition Leader  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Freshmen Orientation and Transition Leader in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    The connections you make, the leadership skills you develop, free housing and food over the summer. Oh and a stipend bonus on top of your promised salary!

    Cons

    The head hancho in charge is a bit strict but honestly, very understandable and willing to talk things out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing experience. Got to learn lots of new stuffs.

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

    Pros

    Best education til now. The social environment is very awesome. The Campus life is truly rocking. Lots of awareness programs everywhere. The staff is really cooperative. Lots of enthusiasm in extra curricular activities.

    Cons

    Challenges are that you'll get to learn new stuff. You need to give more working hours towards completion of the task.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Student Assistant Postition

    • 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

    Pros

    The people you get to work with and the students you get to serve!

    Cons

    Low compensation, low opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Collaborate!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for San Jose State? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.