San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
133 Reviews
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133 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.  

    Fantastic

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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

    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
  2.  

    Freshmen Orientation Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  3.  

    Amazing experience. Got to learn lots of new stuffs.

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    • 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 (less than an 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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  5.  

    Student Assistant Postition

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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

    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
  6.  

    University Housing Services

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    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Graduate Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This was a remote position so it was pretty flexible. It connected me to the faculty of the department in which I was studying which proved useful later.

    Cons

    As a remote position, I felt disconnected from the task at hand, from other assistants, and from my manager. The pay was just a few dollars above minimum wage. The manager was honest when they said they considered the graduate assistants as mules, useful for just the work they provide. This manager was not interested in the GAs' growth.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly atmosphere.

    Former Employee - Technical Services Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Services Assistant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people were really a joy to work with. There were little lunch-time parties often, walks to the farmers market, and bring-in-baked-goods days. I could let me boss know if something really interested me, or if my work was alternately too boring. They would try to mix it up so everything got done without anyone feeling like a drone.

    Cons

    Some of the work an be really tedious. A lot of organizing, stamping, filing, scanning.

  9.  

    San Jose State has good work ethic, active creative pursuit, and endless technological opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I've been here as student, faculty, and staff. The community is very hard working. A large amount of work gets done by a small amount of hands. This is due to the nature of networking in which San Jose State thrives on. Friendly, dedicated, and passionate about their work. I enjoy living and exploring downtown San Jose as well.

    Cons

    It is a California State school. We are going through budget crisis as well as understaffed faculty. The negatives are more towards the cal state system rather than the school itself. I think most public schools are in a similar fashion. Upper administration I only hear of and in concern to being understaffed and not compensated for their endless efforts. This is also a large reflection of our educational system in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There really isn't much transparency between the upper administration and department administration. The turnover time between requests makes projects unrealistic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lab Intern was fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Graphic Design Assistant

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    • Senior Management
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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 (less than an 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

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