King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Safe compound living
    Great for Small families

    Cons

    Some people are very close minded

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    Great world experience in multicultural community but has challenges.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Great pay and chance to get out of debt and save. Get to experience the world with plenty financial benefits and vacation days. My job is low stress and so is life on campus but can be boring at times. Great for young or just starting families but not so great for singles.

    Cons

    Saudi Arabia can be challenging to adjust to for westerners but not too bad once adjustment period is over. Plenty chance to travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more vision in general and better plans for implementing efficient and effective administrative tactics.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to gain management experience in the Gulf in a non-petroleum based job-but only for a few years!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    The people! It's such an international community that you'll make friends and work with colleagues from literally all over the world. It is nice for families--super safe, and a supportive network of families. The money is good, if you have the "right" citizenship. It is possible to advance if you're willing to work harder than everyone else and just keep pushing--but burn out will happen quickly. Also, you must come in at a relatively high level to ever advance--lower-level hires get stuck with the stigma of their original salary/position, no matter how well they perform.

    Cons

    It's a university run like a business. Total lack of transparency, especially about institutional goals. Poor leadership. There is a real lack of accountability--It's possible to put in the bare minimum of effort and still coast along, which is incredibly frustrating to colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sadly, management would consider taking advice beneath them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good place to work in KAUST

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the professors employed by the university are very well established, which we are all able to tap their wisdom. The are no shortage of funding in this place.

    Cons

    Relatively remote and far from the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a good mentor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Research facilities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    World class research facilities for young researchers

    Cons

    Unavoidable long lead time for laboratory consumables

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible

  7.  

    Interesting and novel University with great potential some flaws

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Mission to modernize the region, good compensation, close collaboration between technicians, scientists and students, great community spirit, lots of hobby opportunities

    Cons

    Construction quality of campus is not very good, lots of office politics, the campus is somewhat of a "golden birdcage",

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    Friendly colleagues, but living and working in a closed "bubble" gets suffocating.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Best labs, equipment, high tech and multicultural people.

    Cons

    Closed and cordoned living in a desert with narrow viewed management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, learn, delegate and be accountable.

  9.  

    A Missed Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Staff Member - Non Academic in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Staff Member - Non Academic in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice location on Red Sea. Easy lifestyle. Good opportunities for travel. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    I worked on non academic side (staff). Work culture of fear and intimidation rather than trust and mutual respect. Micromanaged by a few - all decisions, even small ones, must be made by those at very top.Huge bureaucracy makes even the simplest things, like getting a business card, impossible. Facility was hurriedly built thus very poor quality and many serious construction deficiencies. New buildings never opened because they were so bad. Very expensive and sophisticated systems and high tech equipment was purchased but much sits unused. No organizational infrastructure to support and maintain. HR department is totally dysfunctional. So many layers - everyone very busy but nothing accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you truly want a world class University, it's time to get rid of oil company holdovers. There is a real clash of organization cultures, lack of trust, between non academic and faculty side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Room for (gigantic) imporvements

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Proximity of workplace to living area. Excellent fishing. Cheap petrol. No tax. But the most prominent "PRO" is KAUST's potential for the future under good leadership.

    Cons

    Requires a management shakeup. Sudden huge & costly changes take place too fast and too often with little or no thoroughness or consultation. Mid Management only interested in pleasing senior Management. The place lacks loyalty and has abundance of fear and instability. You will do well if you know someone senior and powerfull otherwise keep your mouth shut, put up with lots of nonesense. It is a place where "who you know and not what you know" is the biggest understatement in the ME! Very remote and isolated, no rain, lots of sand storms, many people with huge ego's and there is insurmountable level of bureaucracy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult your people - don't jump the gun and hasten your decisions - open up the place - allow a reasonable amount of freedom....avoid copying others around the world and work on KAUSTs unique identity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and Downs but overall not the ideal place to build a career in IT

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Living environment, housing, travel allowance, overseas allowance, quiet community, beach life

    Cons

    Culture of fear. a startup run by dinosaurs. Bureaucratic management cripples any innovation. flat organization that dosnt have career growth as an option for employees. you either apply and move to a new job or wither in your position and job title forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold and brave, if you make mistake you won't die instantly. hire managers who really care about their staff rather than just looking good. invest in your staff and treat them like an asset.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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