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San José State University San Jose Reviews

Updated September 18, 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 19 reviews)

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

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  1. "Senior Assistant Librarian"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant Librarian in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant Librarian in San Jose, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge library with opportunities to learn from brilliant people. Excellent state benefits and good salary. Senior Assistant Librarians, a.k.a. part-time librarians, do have faculty status as of January 2017 and two part-time librarians have gone onto the tenure track. Most coworkers are friendly and helpful. A year or two here will lead you to a great job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Part-time librarians are on a year-to-year contract and hours can go up or down depending on the budget. Warring factions, entrenched favoritism, and a couple of feuds means palace intrigue under a glossy veneer of civility is a constant. Most full-time librarians will treat you like a colleague, but be braced for limitless condescension from a few.

    Advice to Management

    Current management does most the talking and little of the listening, but the addition of a new associate dean in January 2017 may change that for part-time librarians. Since Senior Assistant Librarians are faculty, and since in-house info is often incomplete or unclear regarding part-time librarians, you would be well-advised to contact your CFA representative with questions about leave, benefits, coverage or other mechanics of employment.

    Helpful reading:

    How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Pool, Teresa Neely, editor

    What Would Machiavelli Do?: The Ends Justify the Meanness by Stanley Bing

    P.S.- The CEO rating is not for the SJSU president but for the library dean.


  2. "Lab assistant"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff and great learning environment!

    Cons

    The position is through work study but management is a little hard to work with with scheduling and class conflicts.

    Advice to Management

    More staff meetings might help with issues in the workplace.

  3. "I'm currently a full time student"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Student in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Full Time Student in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great opportunity, great location in the heart of silicon valley

    Cons

    lot of hrs, lack of diversity fairly segregate

    Advice to Management

    be more flexibe


  4. "Peer Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Peer-Tutor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Peer-Tutor in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The hourly pay was OKAY and you can work flexible. They try to give you the time slots that you want to work.

    Cons

    You cannot work as much as you can. They only give you 10-15 hours per week.


  5. "Stay away from this place"

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    Former Employee - Computer Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at San José State University full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers were helpful for the most part.

    Cons

    Manager was very demanding and is no longer in that job. No training provided. Paid for an item to fix the problem and they refused reimbursement and did not return the item. This was elevated without success. Tried to offset it with something that was owed them and they short paid a state tax refund to recover the money. Stay away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    Provide traning on purchasing items for San Jose State.


  6. "Design Intern"

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    Former Employee - Design Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work on multiple projects for the university and was fairly compensated. Supervisors were very understanding of class schedules and other time commitments.

    Cons

    Occasionally projects pile up and deadlines aren't met because of mandatory meetings.


  7. "ANALYST - PROGRAMMER"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Company to work with perfect work life balance

    Cons

    Being a manager is more beneficial than an engineer

    Advice to Management

    Equal compensation at same level of experience

  8. "good"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very good teaching, helpful professors

    Cons

    no cons for this university

    Advice to Management

    One should study at Sjsu. its a good univ


  9. "Graduate Admissions Front Desk"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work hour flexibility with school schedule.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other student workers in different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if the management can decide the pay, but at least matching other student workers would be nice.


  10. "GTA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GTA in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - GTA in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are flexible with the schedule and the pay is alright considering the amount of hours you put into the job.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


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