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San Jose State Reviews

Updated April 16, 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)

  • Low pay compared to other student workers in different departments (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away from SJSU"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Program Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The benefits and the opportunity to help students are great reasons to work for SJSU

    Cons

    Everything else -the administration sucks, the academic material is outdated, everyone has job security and nobody wants to learn more or evolve. The worst thing about SJSU is possibly that they will lie to potential new hires to get them in the door.

    Advice to Management

    I would tell them that my superior has NO skills and NO responsibilites (b/c she pushes it all onto others). She doesn't see the big picture and doesn't know the details. It takes twice as long to get anything done b/c she insists on receiving updates on projects (which is fine), but then you need to slowly explain every aspect to her a few times b/c she is slow. In my opinion, my boss possibly has a cognitive processing delay. I would tell Senior Management to get rid of her.


  2. "Not all is good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    it is a stable job with good benefits but that is about all.

    Cons

    too many managers, most managers are incompetent, dishonest, lazy, and way over paid. union not helpful in protecting staff against harassment from managers. HR works with managers to harass staff. Some faculty do not care about students education. Huge waste of taxpayer money by managers. Bad managers cause lawsuits that should be avoided by disciplining managers instead of HR helping the harassment and blaming the staff victims. Work can be monotonous.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent managers who care about the university and its staff instead of their own personal political goals.


  3. "University Housing Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Housing Services in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Housing Services in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is the one on one contact with students.

    Cons

    The leadership is horrible. It's a very dysfunctional department and has been for many years. You'd be lucky if you were ever treated with respect and kindness from any one of your upper management leaders - and most of your co-workers. It's very prison like, if that makes sense. Move on, and find somewhere else to work. You will not be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to people and stop promoting a culture of separatism , negativity and hatred. The overall morale here has been fractured for several years, and no one has done anything to try and fix that. It' s department that allows it's managers to be rude and excessively controlling (read micro management) at will.


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  5. "San Jose State University"

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

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is located in the downtonw San Jose and it is relatively safe place.

    Cons

    Salary for assitant professor is humiliating. Absolute value would be similar to other schools but if you consider living expences of Bay Area, it is very close to the poverty level. If you do not have anyone who are making additional money in your familly,, you will not be able to sustain your family with the salary that SJSU provides.

    Advice to Management

    Do not get too much excited even if you found a job here. Maybe it would be good place if you have a clear plan to move on to other schools later.


  6. "Some bad apples spoil the rest"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Trying to move fast and get a lot of new things done in a short time. Much faster paced than other CSUs.

    Cons

    There are some managers and staff in important positions that do not have the technical knowledge or skills to perform their jobs and cause a lot of turmoil and grief. Because of their status or tenure, management is reluctant to deal with them appropriately.

    Advice to Management

    Identify poor performers or people in over their heads, especially those in management, and deal with them. Find them a new appropriate placement or encourage them to leave.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Support Coordinator I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time

    Pros

    Offers good benefits and a significant discount for grad school.

    Cons

    -Over worked/ under appreciated,
    -Majority of every department's work environment has low morale
    -Underpaid
    -Rarely have any opportunities for a promotion or salary raise.
    -Very demanding
    -No sense of career growth
    -A lot of departmental conflicts between different departments.

    Advice to Management

    -Please pay/treat your employees better rather than taking a $100k raise for your self.
    -Have department managers lead by example to motivate employees.
    -Implement real training rather than online/video training quizzes for older employees to be up to date with current evolving technology.
    -Focus on educating students to become great ,respectful, and intellectual students. Rather than focusing on the general campus resume to sell admission numbers. The next generation of working adults brings me great concern.


  8. "Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time

    Pros

    In San Jose, silicon valley. Some professors care about the students success. There seems to be a lot of Job opportunities.

    Cons

    Most professor do not care about the students well being. Most are smart and intelligent but are not good communicators or teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more young professors, or professors who care about the students learning success.


  9. "Graduate Admissions."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Better than being unemployed and you can take up to 6 units at SJSU without paying tuition.

    Cons

    Politics. You need to play it or you are out. HR who are supposed to be your side sides with management. So, when you make any complain t, your supervisor probably will know it.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't play politics with your employees in lower range. Provide opportunities for new employees to express their ideas and bring new blood on the table.


  10. "Stay away from this place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at San Jose State 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "San Jose State Misses the Mark"

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

    Pros

    Location and weather. Low expectations if that is your preference. People (peers) are generally interested in students and interesting people. It is easy to ignore senior management.

    Cons

    It is not a real university, more like a college with little emphasis on scholarship. It does not "power" Silicon Valley; it is more like the sludge. It is not a home of innovation. There is a rule to prevent every idea from moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Start leading. Reward scholarship. Be less concerned about your backside.


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