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San José State University Resident Advisor Reviews

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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  1. "A bit detached, but otherwise a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San José State University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free r&b, free food, and priority registration

    Cons

    Disconnect from coworkers, cliques are very prevalent

    San José State University2019-08-23
  2. "Resident Advisor"

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    Former Contractor - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San José State University for less than a year

    Pros

    Positive environment for diversity and great peers who are positive and motivated. Resident advisors are encouraged to create whatever programs best fit their communities. Everything is supervised and followed up on by a supervisor but not micromanaged (depends on your manager though of course). Management tries to get to know how individual RAs are doing and tracks how personal things affect their position. Lots of... opportunities are communicated to the RAs to be passed onto their residents so you get first-hand knowledge of events and opportunities happening in and around campus! Working with residents is rewarding, especially when you get to build strong friendships with them.

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    Cons

    There is an ideal RA and although the community is outwardly diverse and accepting, there are cliques and it's not necessarily a welcoming environment. It can be very competitive too as is any job but the stress is heightened because you live where you work and the people you manage and serve also live with you. There are a lot of tasks to do for the community as well as your own team (per building).

    Advice to Management

    Seek to help your RAs without judgement of what it is they need. Many times, I felt as though I was here to serve and work towards becoming the ideal RA even when I was struggling with personal things. It made me feel completely unfit to do the position and management didn't encourage me. I felt judged for my burdens and my efforts were looked at with an objective eye. For a community that is made up of students, it... doesn't serve them well if you treat their contributions as though they are full-time. Yes, some RAs can handle the position better than others but you hired everyone with the intention of giving them a chance. You took that on and if you decide they aren't fit anymore, the best thing you can do is see to it that they finish out the position as best they can without judging.

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    San José State University2017-02-09
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hard place to work"

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San José State University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is a good opportunity to work with students in the college level. The campus is beautiful and the students are very strong and determined.

    Cons

    Being a student employee they would not take my feedback, even though they would ask for it. Nothing would ever change as things were getting worse and worse as the year went on.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to leave as they are not effective in their positions. They say they care for the students but they don't show that at all. All of them are doing whatever they can to save their jobs by throwing others under the bus so that they look good.

    San José State University2014-04-22
  4. "Good but expect a lot out of you"

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    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and great culture!

    Cons

    The expect you to be extremely gracious of your work and sometimes expect you to work more than what is legal of you.

    San José State University2013-03-16
  5. "Unappreciated"

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    Resident Advisor in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San José State University

    Pros

    Compensation is relatively good. Working with residents is very rewarding

    Cons

    Management and contract. Difficult hours and hidden work

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the needs of your residents and not your paychecks

    San José State University2011-05-04
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