American University of Afghanistan Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. Go in with open eyes and an open mind

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American University of Afghanistan

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you can handle the isolation and being in a conflict zone. The people are nice and most of the students work hard. People there are really trying to make a difference. Don't go there if you just need a job. It is not an easy place to work.

    Cons

    This school is in a developing country so you should not expect anything western or anything to work properly. Pollution, power outages, drinking water not from the taps, limited travel around the city, limited outdoor life. Oh, and the internet is slow or non-functioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to get rid of the faculty that perform poorly. They bring everyone else down. It is a challenge to find good international staff and faculty. They should be careful as they transition to new leadership in 2015. Nobody seems to understand why there is a need for new leadership. The place seems to micro-manage more now. Hopefully they will realize that there should be someone else in charge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Excellent. It is a great Opportunity and the people and students are really amazing.

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    Current Employee - Professor in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Professor in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at American University of Afghanistan full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is a place where your creativity and commitment can be applied.
    yes, it is a young organization so it has some growing pains but overall people are dedicated to success and serious about improving all aspects. Students are generally highly motivated and a lot of fun to teach.
    If you need to coddled and are not a self-starter, then this isn't the place for you. BUT if you are willing to put in just a little extra effort, get involved in the community and school related groups, and love teaching people who want to learn you will love it.

    Cons

    it is in a conflict zone so you have to get used to and follow the recommendation on security. But it is definitely manageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. It has been satisfying but also tough.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at American University of Afghanistan full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You feel you are working to create peace when educating young a
    Afghans in a safe environment with quality faculty.

    Cons

    Personal security concerns. You have to be very sure you can live with these concerns if you work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management by walking around and truly listening to staff concerns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Working with People

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    Former Employee - Admissions in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Admissions in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I worked at American University of Afghanistan full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and open minded enviroment

    Cons

    It can get repetitive and the work might get boring if you are not an indoor person

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. Opportunity of a lifetime -OR- Career Killer. Depends on you.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at American University of Afghanistan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some talented people.
    Some brilliant teachers who are dedicated above and beyond to their students and to a better world.
    Many wonderful networking opportunities with other organizations in Kabul.
    Great location from which to travel and see the world (Dubai is only a 2.5 hour flight away).
    Some students are truly inspiring.
    Housing is decent.
    Security is okay... it is better to live outside the guest house in a private residence, though that can be expensive.
    You will make life-long friends.

    Cons

    There are mostly two kinds of people who work at AUAF: Visionaries using the job to create something extraordinary in their lives, and has-beens who do little and teach outdated concepts while picking up a paycheck in their retirement years. The former tend to deal better with the problems of living in Afghanistan, the latter tend to whine and moan and yet do nothing to change the situation.

    The administration is worse than in most universities. The egos are huge. Worse, they are disconnected from the reality of their students, ignore internal corruption, and refuse to listen to the teachers and students.

    A good example of AUAF administration in a nutshell is the 2013 Graduation ceremony. It was held outside, but there were massive storms, yet the administration did not have a Plan B, nor wanted to create one. Instead. The ceremony was continually postponed several times and when it happened several hours later, all of the tents, the stage, decorations, and seating were destroyed by the storm. Some parents were also drenched in water or had gotten trapped under a collapsed tend. So a 1-hour graduation became a 5-hour disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If every member of the administration was required to actually teach a class each semester, they would understand the reality of teaching in Afghanistan and the needs of the students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  7. It was a vastly disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American University of Afghanistan

    Pros

    it was an interesting experience

    Cons

    Lack of respect by senior leadership, misleading information provided to me before being hired, lack of concern for safety of employees, not sustainable

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8. It is the best place in the whole country.

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    Current Employee - Student in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Student in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at American University of Afghanistan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Diverse community, lovely environment, green place, great people, academically motivated place, International campus, Great place to find good ideas

    Cons

    Too small, not good food, crowded,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dr. Smith, is one of the best presidents at this university. He is great and the management team at this university is one of the top in Afghanistan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Good experience, every one do his own work.

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    Current Employee - IT Technician in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at American University of Afghanistan full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Due to Educational environment, there is a chance to employee, to obtain higher education.

    Cons

    Due to Multi national environment you have to chance to work with different people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention towards employee's requirement.

    Recommends
  10. Poor Leadership, Poor Planning, and Not Sustainable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American University of Afghanistan

    Pros

    Some faculty and administrators are competent and truly care.

    Cons

    Just too many to mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let new talent assume leadership.

  11. 2 people found this helpful

    AUAF's mission is needed a lot & students are grateful. However, management gets in the way.

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    Former Employee - Mid-management in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Mid-management in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I worked at American University of Afghanistan

    Pros

    Feel needed and appreciated by students. Campus is an oasis in Kabul. An adventure.

    Cons

    Management decisions seemed senseless particularly spending decisions. As a rule, men are paid more than women even when the women have had more education and experience. Communications are poor. Living arrangements can be trying.

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