San Jose State Reviews

Updated 24 April, 2015
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  1. Teaching Assistant in Chemistry Masters Program.

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    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Teaching Assistant in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays the bills and TUITION!

    Cons

    Good support from lab coordinators, but not department HR. Felt like HR in department had it out for the TAs.

    Advice to Management

    TAs are unexperienced, please have patience and help us grow in a different way than you were. Feels like HR dislikes working with TAs.

  2. Great place to work and study!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am having lots of hands on experience
    Also they have good teachers with latest field knowledge
    No one can forget awesome campus environment
    Syllabus is vast and interesting

    Cons

    Salary is okay, not that great at least for me
    Sometimes we become over exhausted but thats okay if we are getting to learn a lot!

    Advice to Management

    Nothing special

  3. SJSU box office

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    Current Employee - Box Office Ticket Seller in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Box Office Ticket Seller in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good hrs, good coworkers, easy job

    Cons

    sometimes you dont have anything to do

    Advice to Management

    keep it up

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  5. Its good to start your career with biggest IT consultancy company of the counry

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bangalore (India)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good learning experience of the various platform.

    Cons

    Though you think now you are fixed to one technology and want to master it, RMG will allocate you to the project you have no idea about! Be ready for such situation.

  6. Part time job

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    Former Employee - Part Time in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Part Time in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at San Jose State

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that was able to work with school schedule

    Cons

    Not many resources to grow or learn, very tight budgets always keep programs stressed

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully recieve more funding to help out all your staff and faculty

  7. graduate student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Jose State

    Pros

    close to the silicon valley and can approach the newest IT information and news

    Cons

    workload is large and projects are challengable

  8. sjsu

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Jose State

    Pros

    great school great faculty great campus

    Cons

    low profile students, low salary

  9. Student Design Assistant

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is very convenient when switching between classes and work. The workload is pretty light and not as stressful and demanding as internships and work outside. Very casual and gives student the basic work experience. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The pay is not really that great. They pay you minimum wage which is ok for the work you do. I just wish they payed more when your working a lot of hours. Most of the time, they are not great as portfolio pieces.

    Advice to Management

    Balance is easy since the work is on campus which subtracts a lot of commute time. But design classes are usually long and they want you to be available as much as possible.

  10. Good location and well qualified professors

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn and advance

    Cons

    not many cons to worried about

  11. Part time faculty member (lecturer). Morale is quite low for faculty.

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at San Jose State

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working in an academic environment can be really rewarding. The students are generally great to work with and in my opinion they are the single best reason to work at SJSU. Also, there are resources available for doing research (mainly through King Library). Certain times of the year can be extremely busy but you are compensated with lots of time off (compared to private industry).

    Cons

    When you are "part time" you might actually work a full time schedule and get full time pay (which is good), but you are considered a part timer, which means they can let you go pretty easily. So you don't have a lot of security. Last year a bunch of part time faculty were suddenly not given any courses to teach (I was lucky to not be one of the ones cut). They were given very little notice and many of them had been working there for decades. On the one hand, the school seems to be pushing for more part-time lecturers to fill the faculty (clearly because SJSU wants to save money by not hiring tenure track faculty). So this means that there may be more work for adjunct faculty. But on the other hand, they are pushing for large lecture classes, or online courses, which reduce the number of teachers needed. These large lecture classes make for A TON of grading. SJSU (I believe) wants to squeeze out the full time positions in order to save money. But this will of course dilute the quality of education. In general, for all teachers, including full time tenure track faculty, the pay is low considering the level of education needed to teach there and the cost of living in the area. No major raises are likely to come soon. Most of the faculty is fed up with the administration who have lavishly spent on new buildings and a $28 million dollar contract with CISCO to put in technology that nobody wants. (That was a no bid contract by the way.)

    In general the morale is very low and the atmosphere is tense among the faculty and students. I do not recommend working there.

    Advice to Management

    The administration is alienating the people who make SJSU what it is. The faculty and the students are most important. The school should put the bulk of its resources toward hiring good faculty and pushing for research funding.

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