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San José State University San Jose Reviews

Updated August 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work environment, Great colleagues (in 21 reviews)

  • Great place to work for a first job or for a college student looking for a job with flexible hours (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Nothing / No cons to be mentioned (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good hours. Some job security since the union has your back - to an extent. Diverse campus.

    Cons

    Extreme politics, favoritism and toxic behavior from leadership. Complete lack of leadership, and poor management at best. Rampant "tattling" and throwing each other under the bus. Extraordinarily petty drama - constantly. Nearly impossible to envision a long term career here without accepting the likelihood of harm to one's physical and psychological health.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. These selfish and gluttonous people don't change. My advice to the President? Investigate these toxic behaviors in the University and fire the ones causing it.


  2. "Sanitation Needs Work"

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

    I worked at San José State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The school offered many employee services. The work was well managed by the managers. The sanitation team for each of work well however they are not being managed properly.

    Cons

    The cons of working here was the the condition of some of the buildings. They do not have working ac.

  3. "sjsu"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to get jobs if your major is STEM

    Cons

    if you are motivated and want to continue with master or phd after undergrad then this school might not be for you


  4. "Decent first job"

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    Current Intern - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good job that provides certain experience to improve yourself. I work in a department where we are given flexibility to work on projects so thats very helpful

    Cons

    With the pay its not easy to support yourself financially in San Jose. $12/hr is high already but the rent is still high around the area especially by campus.


  5. "intern in company"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I want to learn new skills and new what I did not learn before, to improve myself to be a success people.

    Cons

    I work in the company and I learn how to scan the documented, to analyze the file. Sometimes I have a question I will ask them to let them taught me.

    Advice to Management

    They are all kind and friendly, the first time they taught me and let me know what is this and how to work.


  6. "Pros & Cons"

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    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


  7. "Student Worker"

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

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

    Pros

    Convenient for student to live and work on campus. Relaxing working environment.

    Cons

    Compensation can be improved a lot.

  8. "Instructors cannot make a living here"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The Cal-PERS retirement system is great, and the benefits are solid. If you work for a great chair in a good department, you can usually work out a good schedule. The library resources are good, and as a scholar, you can usually get what you need. I've been lucky to work with some really wonderful people.

    Cons

    You cannot make a living working here. After nearly ten years of low or no salary increases, it's time to leave. If you come, negotiate hard for a high salary because the last raise was a whopping 1.6%. You will be overworked here, with too many students, too many classes.

    Advice to Management

    Just stop with the football and the buildings that don't have classrooms. Any more buildings should have offices (we're 3-4 per office!) and high-tech classrooms. Remember: students and faculty make a university. Without us, you have no job.


  9. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Student Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at San José State University full-time

    Pros

    Cultural Diversity, Prime location in respect to job opportunities

    Cons

    Too many students to handle


  10. "Peer Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Peer Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Peer Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good network, Student Run

    Cons

    Bad Management, Lack of Structure

    Advice to Management

    Bring more structure to it!


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