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.  

    Lab Intern was fun.

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    Former Employee - Lab Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice, Helpful, Room for Growth, Weather is really great

    Cons

    No perks, environment is very slow at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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 for 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Graphic Design Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graphic Design Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment and nice people. iHouse has a wide range of activities and events, students could get experience there, which may build up their confidence.

    Cons

    There are many traditions and rules that might be the challenge to do creativity projects. In addition, the majority of residences are exchange students, learning the good way to communicate with people who have different background is not a easy thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organising more activities for current residents. Moreover, reinforce the relationship with alumni, it could through sending newsletter, social media messages and so on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Mixed Emotions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Depending who and which department you are working for your experience can very widely. I was working withing the Mechanical Engineering department under a part time faculty member Dr. Youssefi. My experience in this position was nothing but positive. I learned a lot mechanical design field and am glad I took the position.

    Cons

    The organization between different departments can be cumbersome and difficult to navigate at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve cohesiveness between schools and departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Masters of Archives Administration Program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    Very good teachers and excellent curriculum for advancing your career in Library Studies. Convenient and accessible online option to complete program.

    Cons

    Perhaps the inability to complete the program sooner or other options to more easily complete the degree. Other than that, excellent school!

  8.  

    Education and Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Provides plenty of opportunities to gain valuable experience in your field of choice. Lots of clubs, project teams, labs, and study abroad programs.

    Cons

    At times it is difficult to take certain courses which leads to reluctant substitutions or postponement.

  9.  

    Student Assistant

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    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

    Salary was nice.
    Work gained me experience

    Cons

    To much work some times which made me work less on my academics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are fine . no advices

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Small but everything you want

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    You cant beat the price for the education and location. More SJSU students working for top silicon valley employers; such as, Google, yahoo, netflix and more. I loved the school.

    Cons

    Wish it had more prestige and school spirit.

  11.  

    No an exiting place to work anymore

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive faculty and nice location positioned in a 180 acres of SJ downtown.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow, very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To learn how to manage not micromanage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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