San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
142 Reviews
3.5
142 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 a 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.  

    Wonderful

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great management
    Easy advancement
    Great co-workers
    Useful Skills.

    Cons

    Lack of hours for construction.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 a 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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  5.  

    Overall its good

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

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

    Pros

    Easy job learned a lot

    Cons

    pay is not good

  6.  

    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

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

    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
  7.  

    TA

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

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

    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
  8.  

    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

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

    Pros

    good working environment and nice work

    Cons

    need to have deep knowledge of what we are doing

  9.  

    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

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

    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
  10.  

    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

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The fringe benefits are just outstanding. No comparison

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (less than a year)

    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

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