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San José State University Reviews

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. "Great Place to study and work"

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

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

    Pros

    I was working as a Research Assistant. The professor was very kind and brilliant. It was really a great pleasure to work with him.

    Cons

    Sometimes I had to work more than my actual hours. Faster I finish my job, more work I used to get.


  2. "Pros & Cons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sport Club Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sport Club Administrative Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very flexible with schedules during semester

    Cons

    no room for upward growth and wage inscrease


  3. "Research assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, learning and positive environment,

    Cons

    No benefits, well I cant think of any Cons right now


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Tenure line faculty at SJSU"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San José State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits
    one of the last companies with a real defined benefit pension plan
    beautiful campus in downtown San Jose

    Cons

    The SJSU motto: we get our money's worth out of our faculty. The place will work you to death. If you're an assistant professor starting out and have other options, take them. Your research will be crippled by the back-braking amount of work (4/4 load) and then you won't be fit for a job any place else. The administration functions with a scarcely concealed contempt for the faculty and stays up night coming up with more regulations for you to follow. At least Mo Qayoumi is gone!

    Advice to Management

    Considering the cost of recruiting talented professors, and the challenge convincing them that they can actually survive in Silicon Valley on an assistant prof's salary, you should treat them better when they start work at SJSU. A little moral support would be nice, since certainly the financial support is not forthcoming.


  6. "Lab Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    i was ab;e to learn regarding the Linux administration and how to maintain a lab for installing new software which are required for the professors and students.

    Cons

    i am not able to point out any cons


  7. "Student Assitant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at San José State University part-time

    Pros

    Job is very laid back, assisted on any particular paper work. Very flexible with your schedule. Helps students academic success in students.

    Cons

    This work can be boring at sometimes, would usually just browse around or do your homework. Work can pile up at peak months.


  8. "My manager told supervisors if they had no employee complaints against them they weren't doing their job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Customer Service in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Customer Service in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San José State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved the SJSU community I supported and they were appreciative of me. The insurance was amazing.

    Cons

    My management team was horrid. Back stabbing. Lying. Throwing people under the bus. We had 11 people in one division and 6 left within a few months. Me included. Every day was a night mare. There was no trust that an employee was working. They micro managed and over worked us. I started with one role and ended with 4 roles. Couldn't get a raise or a change in my job discription. Just a "we appreciate you" and I would have stayed.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. People work harder for you and are more loyal when you treat them with respect.


  9. "Engineering Computing Services - Student Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible Hours
    -Understanding of school time needed

    Cons

    -Can be demanding at times


  10. Helpful (1)

    "not a living wage"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part-Time Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Part-Time Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    students are great location is perfect

    Cons

    treated as disposable workers, administration does not value its own degrees

    Advice to Management

    reduce and revalue the number and salary of the administration


  11. "Student Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    To develop and nourish my intellect skill to an extent that would be beneficial to me in the tenure of my career and for organization development.

    Cons

    I don't feel any cons of working in San Jose State University.

    Advice to Management

    NA


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