King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
29 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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  5.  

    Amazing university and an excellent place to work and study, challenges are all over the place though!

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    The expectations are very high from everyone. The pace of the work is very fast. People here come from the most prestigious universities around the world with high standards.
    Financially speaking, this the best option for PhD students. The salary is high, no taxes, everything is already covered (housing, electricity bills, water bills, internet bills, cable, travel allowance). No other university offers the same or even close.

    Cons

    The location of university is isolated. The nearest city is a hour and a half drive. This gives the feeling of being trapped a big prison, where all you can do is WORK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The problem with the management/faculty members is this: they are always trying to copy other successful prestigious universities. My advice for them is to let go of this "Comparison Syndrome". This is NOT the US and it is NOT Europe. I'm sure those examples are successful, but this is Saudi Arabia. The needs and circumstances in the region are completely different, and so must the research activities be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Lots to be done for all "agents of change" out there - excellent place to grow as a person and challenge stereotypes

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    Former Employee - Professional Staff - Non Researcher in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Professional Staff - Non Researcher in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    Housing, shopping, weather, compensation, travelling opps...excellent place to raise a family....colleagues and people are very collaborative and in general, "authentic". Could not see any "back stabbing" or nasty politics, at least in my department. I was there just over a year after the opening and one could smell the enthusiasm and energy in the place. Very multinational and supportive environments. Lots of family and community orientated activities .. all free!

    Cons

    At that time there was not a clear promotional/career patch..nor, as far I as know, clear funding or supporting alternatives for professional development. There can a feeling of professional isolation working and leaving on campus. The Universities has (had) little or non existent relation with the community it sits in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional development is very important for many people leaving their countries and professional networks behind..particularly for those of us not looking exclusively at the overall compensation package. I might be one of the most effective ways to combat professional isolation (much more difficult to sort out than a proper internal development strategy..)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to work in KAUST

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    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

  9.  

    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.

  11.  

    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

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