San Jose State

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San Jose State Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
139 Reviews
3.5
139 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits; has some strong concentrations (engineering, business, etc) (in 6 reviews)

  • Wonderful in environment to work in with like minded people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The budget cuts from the government is downside that keeps the university from growing to its fullest (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay compared with other Silicon Valley industries(even compared to other educational institutions like k-12 and community colleges) (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Some bad apples spoil the rest

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - MPP Director In IT Services in San Jose, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing Animation/Illustration Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at San Jose State full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The program continues to improve every year with the hard work of the professors. Unlike most art schools, SJSU is much cheaper. We collaborate with major studios such as Dreamworks, ILM, and Nickelodeon. Once you join the program you become family for life.

    Cons

    Mostly politics. The university won't let us become our own department even though we have over 600 students in our major and only 3 classrooms and 3 labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us become our own department and give us room to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    San Jose State University

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in San Jose, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefit, and good salary. meeting lots of good people.

    Cons

    nothing bad about this job

  6.  

    Inefficient, weak leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    Good benefits; has some strong concentrations (engineering, business, etc)

    Cons

    Underpaid in this area; not competitive to keep god people

  7.  

    Great job for student while going to school!

    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They taught you everything you needed and was flexible with school schedule and school work.

    Cons

    Management talked about each other behind each others back which I found unprofessional.

  8.  

    San Jose State always in motion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Educational Staff in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Educational Staff in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many career paths to choose from. Many opportunities to network with students, faculty and staff. If you live to learn this is a great place to be.
    The campus in downtown San Jose is always buzzing with activity and friendly new faces to meet and greet.

    Cons

    Each department can be considered separately, based on the culture and personalities involved, so your mileage may vary. Depending on your path, you may love it or may not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Perfect work when you are a student, but do not stay after graduating...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a Student Assistant has its perks. They work with your schedule, you are amongst your fellow students, and you gain knowledge about all CSU policies and forms at SJSU. You gain valuable office and administrative experience.

    Cons

    At times, students can be a little pushy or demanding. As a student assistant, you can only do so much when students miss deadlines or when professors are not in to speak with them. And in some offices, the department coordinators, the chair, or professors can be difficult to work with due to their stress or personalities. From a student assistant, the only growth in this position is to become an AC I not ACII which it seems more departments are looking for AC II.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Assistan

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent team who care about developing their young talent A breath of fresh air in comparison to my previous career All staff members are good

    Cons

    It can be very challenge to provide services

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    My experience at SJSU was a positive one.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at San Jose State part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here: central to Silicon Valley, get to meet a lot of people, campus constantly being updated, amazing library on campus, well organized, smooth processes in paperwork, and overall just a solid organization.

    Cons

    Buying my employee parking permit was difficult the first time I tried, because my paperwork didn't go through yet and I needed my pass that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management, please be sure that you try to actually do what the websites and media say about how good SJSU is. Sometimes, reality versus what is advertised is slightly skewed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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