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Updated May 15, 2017
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Pros
  • This is a professional working environment where professors are motivating and willing to answer any questions (in 14 reviews)

  • Great place to work for a first job or for a college student looking for a job with flexible hours (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Nothing / No cons to be mentioned (in 14 reviews)

  • If I have to say something, low pay (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good to work with them.

    Cons

    none from my side. good to work with them.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "My experience was very good with the professors but not with the staff/office management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a good place to work as it has work from home options for Research Assistants. The professors are good and friendly.

    Cons

    The IPS is not very friendly and so its not a good place to begin your work. Especially for the aliens.

    Advice to Management

    The leaders support the staff nicely even if they make wrong rules. But thats how all managements are i suppose.


  3. "it was really good to learn and a very god experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    learned how to cope up with work and studies, working in the team with other colleagues,learned good communication skills

    Cons

    difficult to cover up studies exams and projecs with work


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  5. "Wonderful, IF you get the right boss!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive of advancing education and professional development, a lot of opportunities to try out different roles in the university, a refreshing change after working in the corporate world for 15 years.

    Cons

    Low pay, stifling bureaucracy, plenty of academic politics, major funding issues, some faculty were demanding and very difficult to support.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep San Jose State a university instead of molding it into a corporation. Education should not be so rationalized. Focus should be on learning, not the bottom line. This should be the mission of all the CSUs, not just SJSU


  6. "Great Place to learn."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work, the hard work pays of at San Jose State for students.

    Cons

    Students need to be less lazy and more active in terms of learning and academic achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best Professors from around the world, make San Jose State one of the most competitive universities out there. SJSU should be given similar recognition as Stanford or SCU.


  7. "good on-campus job"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Instructional Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good supervisor and flexible timing

    Cons

    budget cuts and salary compensation

    Advice to Management

    salary and fee management


  8. "Networking Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    there is a lot of down time, but when there is a lot of work it isn't very complicated. If you know how to read, write, and count then anyone can do this job.

    Cons

    Hours are only 7am to 5pm. You need to be organized 24/7.


  9. "Great Experience!"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Equal footing as an intern!

    Cons

    You put in what you get!


  10. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San José State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good start for if you want to continue on to your terminal degree. You get to work with many different professors, which will give you the opportunity to find out what your emphasis is.

    Cons

    The department I worked for was understaffed. I was the only graduate assistant so I had to juggle working with many different professors in the department.


  11. "The hours are flexible, and the working environment is a great place to network with others."

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

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

    Pros

    -A great opportunity to be a mentor.
    -Apply the knowledge that I learned to the real world.

    Cons

    -Nothing that I can think of yet.


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