King Saud University Reviews

Updated February 7, 2015
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  1. My Experience at King Saud University was very good since they offer good media for to facilitate university education

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    My Experience at King Saud University was very good since they offer good media for to facilitate university education for undergraduate students.

    Cons

    Salary is little low compare to prices in Riyadh

    Advice to Management

    Hope that salaries increased soon.

  2. Was an enriching experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Faculty in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Faculty in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at King Saud University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Govt university, prestigious place to work, best students, friendly atmosphere. Good salary and benefits, great campus, no tax, lots of holidays

    Cons

    Disorganized, need time for processing, sluggish, language problem, slow, new place to adjust, very competitive, not easy to get it

    Advice to Management

    Value your faculty

  3. It is Best and worth to remember while working at King Saud University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at King Saud University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Multi culture faculty and researcher,Best Research faculties and huge determination for Research and Development

    Cons

    Association with international market and liaison with other universities for research exchange programs

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  5. They cheat, steal your benefits, trap you and have no respect for employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Faculty in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Research Faculty in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at King Saud University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    1. They normally send contracts with one version of benefits and job title and change the contract terms once you land and report for the duty. you have an option of rejecting the contract then and there but by this time you have already left your previous job and aligned your resources accordingly for your new job. Not signing is usually not an option.

    2. All the clerical and security staff speaks Arabic and knows not a word of English. They are usually racists and would leave no stone unturned to humiliate you. You cannot complain since you never knew what they said to you in Arabic. you would see laughing faces around you to tell you that he just made a joke about you.

    3. University uses cheap tactics to save on Air tickets that you are eligible to use every year for visiting back home. They will introduce new rules every year in order to steal your tickets e.g. You can only avail tickets unless you have a minimum of 15 days holidays and also you have stayed in Kingdom for more than 6 months etc.

    4. They pay you peanuts for housing in Riyadh. Usually half of what is usually needed for a balanced living in Riyadh environment.

    5. Faculty housing is usually full and is not available for expats. Even if it is available, it is not the quality that can be expected out of a multi-billion dollar budgeted university.

    6. Rector and higher ups are not concerned about anything going on with the faculty. They do not take feedback from faculty at all. There is no mechanism for feedback, period.

    7. University requires your apartment owner/manager to sign on a document saying that you have nothing that you owe to them. If your apartment manager or owner does not sign this, you cannot leave the kingdom on final exit and you are stuck there. Many apartment owners know about this requirement so they will try to hog money from you when you are leaving the apartment by asking for huge sums of money for unneeded minor repairs at your apartment.

    8. Finally, this university has miserably failed to attract western expats as you will not find even a single western expat in KSU faculty. This speaks volumes about the problems a faculty member might face during his/her stay at this institution.

    Advice to Management

    Expel unskilled Saudis from the administration and hire experienced top and middle managers from US, Europe or Australia in order to change basic University functions.

  6. The 3rd circle of Hell

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King Saud University

    Pros

    The only one that I can think of is that most of the teachers are nice.

    Cons

    Inflexible, controlling, micro managing, mean, petty administration. Lack of support for teachers, constantly changing policies & un-neccesary stress placed on teachers. Longish hours, occassional working on weekends & working through your holiday (all un-paid). Not an easy or pleasant place to work & could not recommend it to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    I have written advice to them but it was ignore/not implemented.

  7. it's a good experience working at KSU

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    there is job security it is in the largest city of KSA

    Cons

    service structure is not good

  8. Do NOT work for KSU

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at King Saud University full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I cannot think of one good thing to say about KSU.

    Cons

    No holidays. Force you to work overtime for no additional pay. You will have to fight to get all your money. The housing is in a dangerous area. During Ramadan they forced Muslims to work over 6 hours a day. (which is illegal in KSA)

    Advice to Management

    As more and more lucrative jobs become available in Saudi Arabia, KSU will only attractive the unqualified and the unstable. The program needs to be more professional to attract professionals

  9. KSU has alot of things to offer but those opportunities are under utilized.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Researcher in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Medical Researcher in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pros KSU is a friendly environment. Tolerance against expatriates is implemented, what I observed. Flexible in hours once your done with your work I could leave.

    Cons

    Cons. KSU should give a career ladder for expatriates and renewal of contract should be automatic and should upon the recommendation of the supervisor and not the committee who doesnt know our functions. Salary wise it is not longer competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Career ladder for expatriates and should be given equal opportunity employment. Renewal committee should be abolish and should be given at the discretion of the supervisors.

  10. It was interesting,challenging and comfortable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I worked at King Saud University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The staff is cooperative. and helpful.

    Cons

    Sometimes it needs to be more organized.

    Advice to Management

    Some instructors are dedicated,others are not.

  11. Mixed review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - ESL Instructor in Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to make great money working as a teacher of ESL, while Saudi Arabia is undergoing massive changes in education on behalf of young women.

    Cons

    It is a very strict environment. There is little to no office space: everyone is elbow to elbow. There is little to no office support. The students frequently make false reports if they do not like the teacher. The teaching community is not supportive of each other due to the undue stress which is caused by changing policies - which occur by the hour. Rules are not rules and policies are not policies; they change as students object to them. There is also a great deal of bullying, gossip and nastiness ongoing between teachers that the management does little to address. They allow good teachers to be bullied by groups of teachers who break rules and if you don't go along..? It's like being in high school.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff, make a plan and stick to it. Don't allow the students to have so much power. Do not allow gossiping, bullying and distractions that make the place unpleasant to work --

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