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San Francisco State Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work environment for students (in 15 reviews)

  • A place to gain a ton of experience at the low end, great benefits, cool people (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Salary ranges can be a little low considering the high cost of living in the beautiful city of San Francisco (in 6 reviews)

  • low pay, low morale - everyone seems miserable (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Student Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco State part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professionalism, Understanding Supervisors/Co-Workers, Free food sometimes, Learning Opportunities/Experience, Daily tasks to keep busy

    Cons

    Too much downtime even when you take initiative to take on some tasks and volunteer but strict boss does not allow you to do homework during that downtime like other student assistants get to, Boss had mood swings and would only greet you in front of people who aren't from our department no matter how many times you said hello, how are you when meeting

    Advice to Management

    Let assistants do their homework during down time because they're students too but make sure they've done their tasks first. Also, give more projects and tasks.


  2. "Lecturer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco State part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cosmopolitan, polyglot community. Meet the world right on campus.

    Cons

    Lecturers have no status, little respect. But if you're willing to work without any expectation of a contract, why not do it at an internationally recognized beacon of liberality and diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Be as radical as the reputation: treat lecturers like human beings, not section fillers.

  3. "Best place to work for benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Support in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Support in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A place to gain a ton of experience at the low end, great benefits, cool people.

    Cons

    Not much upward movement from the low end.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your employees and take note of where they struggle as well as where they excel. Focus one where they excel and build a place for them to thrive within, once that's achieved, it will be much easier for them to improve on their weaknesses.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't even conside it"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Faculty in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Faculty in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco State full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great and diverse student body

    Cons

    No academic freedom, decisions are based on politics and HR is the worst

    Advice to Management

    The president needs to resign or read a book on academic freedom


  5. "Interview"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco State part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most vibrant atmosphere, Friendly people and freedom to work at your own pace.

    Cons

    Pay is comparatively low if you were to live in SF. Other than that it is a cool place to work


  6. "Math Tutor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Meeting New students, Passing knowledge & learning the whereabouts of today's student culture. Overall decent salary.

    Cons

    I feel the tutors were biased on basis of race. Highly unlikely.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Middle Management position"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Institutional Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Academic Institutional Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco State full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working in an environment where I felt everyone was smarter than me, truly pushed my skillset and abilities to the next level.

    Cons

    With a large amount of recent baby boomer retirees, and a lack of internal training and development-- many longterm goals for the University may suffer and employee retention may be a new issue.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in retired Senior manager/directors in as consultants and empower the next generation of leaders.

  8. "Food Truck Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Truck Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Food Truck Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco State (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lively environment, company benefits, camaraderie

    Cons

    No advancement, cannot move up, low wages

    Advice to Management

    Better recognition of employees, higher pay rates


  9. "Good to work if you are working of your own"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco State part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people less stress calm environment

    Cons

    other people pitch into your project

    Advice to Management

    check our salary and then comment of our time


  10. "Student Assistant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Network Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Student Network Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco State part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work as per your availability
    Your team understands your requirements

    Cons

    Other team always pitch in to give better idea.

    Advice to Management

    Dont think about student assistant pay too much. There are people who are earning more than a software engineer and just playing games.


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