San Jose State Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
134 Reviews
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134 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.  

    It helps pay for tuition...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  2.  

    TA

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Good environment overall

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    • Senior Management
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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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  6.  

    Great union / benefits for part-time faculty

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (less than an 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
  7.  

    Mixed bag.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  8.  

    Students are great

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

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  9.  

    It's good.

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

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

    Pros

    You can feel free to contact professor

    Cons

    Pay is really low for student assistant.

  10.  

    Good graduate student work expierence

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

    I worked at San Jose State as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great job for graduate students

    Cons

    Classes getting cut. Hoping your section does not get the ax.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place for students to work.

    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Wonderful in environment to work in with like minded people. I work for Associated students doing graphic design. There is great flexibility as it relates to scheduling and I am given the opportunity to be a self starter and work independently as well as collaborate with vendors and colleges. I am allowed to be as creative as I want. There is much respect for the creative process of the designers.

    Cons

    Hours are capped due to budget and I only get paid once a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acquire more Mac computers for design stations

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