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Found 1,263 of over 1K reviews
4.3
85% Recommend to a Friend
San José State University President Mary A. Papazian
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Found 1,186 of over 1K reviews

4.3
85%
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75%
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San José State University President Mary A. Papazian
Mary A. Papazian
306 Ratings

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    learning alot

    Nov 22, 2022 - Graduate Student in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    good professors, updated with market demand

    Cons

    none to be honest. But it might get stressful at times.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    First Normal College West of MI

    Nov 16, 2022 - Software Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Cool and Collected and Edgy and Committed and Trustworthy

    Cons

    Masks are worn despite fresh air aplenty PC Masks

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    A dark horse school!

    Sep 17, 2022 - Part Time 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It's one of the most diverse institutions in California, and you will meet people of all backgrounds upon internal promotions/switch-overs. The network is massive, especially if you're planning to stay in the Bay Area long-term. You will have no problem after moving on. Work life balance and benefits are good due to it being public, and it helps that the institution is in a metropolis (i.e. close to SF/Santa Cruz).

    Cons

    While it's considered a top tier CSU, it's name doesn't carry that much weight in comparison to mid-top tier UCs, unfortunately. Marketing is terrible and only the top students at SJSU know the potential of this university. It has gotten better though with new management from the recent CEO resign. If you're not in anything related to tech or business jobs, don't be shocked if you can't live on your own due to salary. Understaffing may be an issue depending on the department its demand.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Beats doing nothing

    Nov 5, 2022 - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Math department was able to find plenty of slots to fill in time between my classes, so you get paid to teach relatively simple concepts in the time between your classes.

    Cons

    I'm not sure if all ISA's get the same treatment, but for my specific class I was provided everything I needed at the start of the semester before we ever met. I've heard that this isn't the case for all departments.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    More than I could ask for

    Nov 22, 2022 - Graduate Research Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great Stipend, takes care of my living and rent expenses.

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursements. TAs get it not sure why RAs don't get it. :(

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great

    Nov 9, 2022 - Engineering Peer Advisor 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Loved the team and events that we held

    Cons

    I can not think of anything that I really disliked

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  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Admin Analyst, Specialist

    Nov 22, 2022 - Admin Analyst, Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The benefits package is great.

    Cons

    Pay is very low and workload keeps piling on. No room for upward mobility.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    RA; great role to get into the housing industry

    Nov 3, 2022 - Residential Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    opened my path and gave me experience to be able to get jobs in the housing industry

    Cons

    time consuming, not good if you aren't organized

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Good job, not great contract

    Nov 22, 2022 - Part-Time Lecturer 
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    Pros

    people are nice and have interests in mind

    Cons

    although under contract with union, there are plenty of workarounds to not give you jobs.

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  11. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great temporary job

    Nov 21, 2022 - Event Manager 
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    Pros

    For students working on campus it is a great option

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement, not much room for development

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San José State University has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5, based on over 1,433 reviews left anonymously by employees. 85% of employees would recommend working at San José State University to a friend and 66% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, San José State University employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at San José State University. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

85% of San José State University employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated San José State University 4.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.1 for culture and values and 3.8 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at San José State University to be culture, career development, benefits and the cons to be management, compensation.

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