San Jose State Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
136 Reviews
3.5
136 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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  1.  

    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    Masters of Archives Administration Program

    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    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.

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    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time

    Pros

    decent experience .. I worked as a student assistant in san jose state university

    Cons

    very less pay and no benefits. hard to find jobs usually jobs given based on reference and not on qualification

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Wonderful

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great management
    Easy advancement
    Great co-workers
    Useful Skills.

    Cons

    Lack of hours for construction.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A primer California State University but still bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Senior Web Coordinatoor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Web Coordinatoor in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    A well intentioned university that constantly strives for student success. The structure of the University truly provides a large quantity of services within a single organization. Services like, housing, transportation, events, academics, health, finance and the list goes on.

    Cons

    The delivery of services by San Jose State University lacks a bit to be desired. The University pitches itself a being as college of everyone, no matter the need (culturally, academically, financially, socially, etc.) but tends to be "reactive" rather than "active" in it's approach. Fundamentally the University is driven by student enrollment and isn't accountable for much else. Hence the ernest from SJSU management is mostly on advertising rather then actively delivering quality services to students. This has a negative affect on both students and faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know business of California State Universities (and it is business) is a difficult one yet a business can't succeed on advertising alone. Every organization must understand there systems and sub-departments on every level and make sure there all addressing the needs of customers (students) given the current market. In our global economy, organizations have to innovate at every level in order to stay competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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