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San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
125 Reviews

3.7
125 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.  

    nice university with lots of good faculties.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    good working environment and nice work

    Cons

    need to have deep knowledge of what we are doing

  2.  

    Great Audio-Visual tech experience

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    Current Employee - Event Supervisor  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Event Supervisor in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    - Deal with actual clients and learn customer service

    Cons

    - You get paid only upto the time you've worked. Even if you finished your job earlier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice needed. Going good.!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    TA

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for learning and growth.

    Cons

    Extremely unorganized school. Also, not the safest place in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is directed to counselors and whoever it is that makes graduation requirements: you are absolutely terrible. You advise students incorrectly and you keep changing the requirements. Also, the pay is not exactly up to par for the positions you are given.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It helps pay for tuition...

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    Current Employee - Teaching Associate  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    I've worked as a graduate assistant (less pay) and a teaching associate (tuition waiver and a few employee benefits); the positions have some built-in support and give you direct experience with teaching undergraduates at SJSU. You also get to work closely with professors and some of your peers, and it looks good on your resume if you're moving on to a PhD or if you'll be teaching after you graduate. Teaching associates also tend to get their desired class times and days and have the freedom to plan their own lessons/syllabus (as long as it fits university requirements).

    Cons

    Bureaucratic system often makes things harder than they need to be; the classroom technology often doesn't work, and sometimes the classroom doesn't have a projector at all. Students at SJSU tend to care less about their education and more about finishing the degree in order to find a better job; it is a commuter campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper level administration needs a complete re-vamp to reduce corruption and increase accountability to the students and the professors/lecturers/staff. If they return the focus to delivering the best education possible to the students, instead of on pocketing the most profits, we might have a reason to be proud of the university.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Just an average work place

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    Current Employee - Parking Officer II  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Parking Officer II in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    The fringe benefits are just outstanding. No comparison

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great union / benefits for part-time faculty

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    We all know that part-time / temp college faculty are gross underpaid, but as these gigs go, SJSU's strong temp-faculty union provides the best benefits access I've seen for such positions.

    Cons

    Nothing more than the usual for such part-time / temp college faculty positions: The pay stinks. Actually teaching five classes -- the theoretical full-time assignment -- would be an impossibly superhuman load. But have no fear; they'll never give you a full load even if you want it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT systems are not up to par with similar institutions. Get after it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good environment overall

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    There's a lot of moral support, some opportunities, and flexible time. If you work moderately hard, you'll make tenure. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    There's administrative bloat, controversies, and instability. People know SJSU from the bad news in the newspaper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim yourselves down. Learn how to handle difficult situations better.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Mixed bag.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Lots of great dedicated people who believe in the mission.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Salaries though public are rarely equitable and many have received no cost of living increases or standard raises since 2007.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt standardized methods similar to the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County for hiring and for employee pay. Implement a better "management" training program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Students are great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    My particular office allows for a flexible schedule but every office on campus is different. The benefits, flexibility, students, and co-workers are great. It's easy to change positions on campus if you are interested in that.

    Cons

    Pay in this field is generally lower than what you could be making in corporate but the benefits, retirement, flexibility, and holidays make it worth it. The politics of administrators is frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's good.

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant Technician  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant Technician in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    You can feel free to contact professor

    Cons

    Pay is really low for student assistant.

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