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Updated February 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)

  • Flexible hours and very part time (in 12 reviews)

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

  • No cons, job is very stress free (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    In my role, there's nothing to do with SJSU. But my supervisor, Thaddeus Aid is awesome.

    Cons

    No downsides at all at san Jose state university. For me, it works very well


  2. "Ambiance"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Student Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very helpful and friendly environment

    Cons

    slow process and long meeting hours

    Advice to Management

    NA


  3. "Senior Assistant Librarian"

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    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 Jose State 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.


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  5. "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 Jose State 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.


  6. "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 Jose State (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.


  7. "Friendly and very welcome working place"

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    Current Employee - Production Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have a great time working with Keith and Teri at the Academic Technology department at San Jose State. I have learned about video production. They are the best bosses you can ask for.

    Cons

    Some long hours of editing, but it's a part of the job.


  8. "Web Design Student Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    very friendly work environment. The supervisor understands and provided good opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    Not full implementation and utilization of skills at times.

    Advice to Management

    Please allow exposure to more industry updated methods, especially in using tools and technologies.


  9. "Student Caller"

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

    I worked at San Jose State part-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working in a team environment.

    Cons

    Poor management from time to time


  10. "Wonderful Colleagues"

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    Former Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Jose State as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved working for the Linguistics & Language Development Department at San Jose State. Department Chair set a great tone of collegiality and open communication for the group. Teaching assignments were fairly distributed and mentoring helped new teachers adapt and develop careers. Good health insurance, but the instructor must teach at least two classes to be eligible.

    Cons

    School wide budget issues meant teachers were left scrambling for work when classes were dropped. (At the same time, the amount spent on management increased year over year). There is a disincentive for the University to let Adjunct faculty teach more than 80%, so they do not let departments make long term hires. This means irregular work and many instructors do not get offered classes in the spring. The number of classes I was able to teach was never enough to keep me busy or make ends meet in the South Bay. Compensation was very low for the expensive area.

    Advice to Management

    Time for more aggressive pay raises for teachers or the private sector will steal your best talent away.


  11. "Teaching Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Extremely beneficial to help other students, and to provide helpful feedback

    Cons

    Nothing really to complain about

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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