San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
129 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

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    • 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    San Jose State always in motion

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7.  

    My experience at SJSU was a positive one.

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    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
  8.  

    Great school to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    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
  9.  

    Fantastic

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    • 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 a year

    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
  10.  

    Freshmen Orientation Leader

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    Former Employee - Freshmen Orientation and Transition Leader  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Freshmen Orientation and Transition Leader in San Jose, CA

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

    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
  11.  

    Amazing experience. Got to learn lots of new stuffs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Student Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    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

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