San Jose State

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  1.  

    Great for Entry Level Postion

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

    I have been working at San Jose State as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great starting point for career.
    Laid back work environment

    Cons

    Benefits are minimal.
    No PTO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    friendly environment and beautiful campus

    • 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

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    On-campus jobs help to support you while in college

    Cons

    On campus jobs are hard to find due to the high number of students, especially with a large number of international students competing for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Some bad apples spoil the rest

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Trying to move fast and get a lot of new things done in a short time. Much faster paced than other CSUs.

    Cons

    There are some managers and staff in important positions that do not have the technical knowledge or skills to perform their jobs and cause a lot of turmoil and grief. Because of their status or tenure, management is reluctant to deal with them appropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify poor performers or people in over their heads, especially those in management, and deal with them. Find them a new appropriate placement or encourage them to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (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.

  6.  

    I have taught at Charles W. Davidson for one year and for College of Applied Arts and Sciences for three semesters

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

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The students are the very best people on Mother Earth

    Cons

    My only reviews come from students and from Dr. Linda Mitchell who recently retired. She is the only administrator who watched me teach. She gave me a good review. I would like the professional reviews to change from 100 percent student review to 50 percent student review and 50 percent administrative review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please appreciate our work by physically showing up in our classrooms. A pay check that gets me out of the poverty level would also be greatly appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    San Jose State University

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

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is located in the downtonw San Jose and it is relatively safe place.

    Cons

    Salary for assitant professor is humiliating. Absolute value would be similar to other schools but if you consider living expences of Bay Area, it is very close to the poverty level. If you do not have anyone who are making additional money in your familly,, you will not be able to sustain your family with the salary that SJSU provides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not get too much excited even if you found a job here. Maybe it would be good place if you have a clear plan to move on to other schools later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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.

  10.  

    San Jose State always in motion

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    • 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

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (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
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (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

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