King Saud University

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King Saud University Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    The 3rd circle of Hell

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    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5.  

    it's a good experience working at KSU

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    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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    service structure is not good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    It was interesting,challenging and comfortable.

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    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)

    Pros

    The staff is cooperative. and helpful.

    Cons

    Sometimes it needs to be more organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some instructors are dedicated,others are not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Mixed review

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 --

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    You can incubate here we;;

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    don't want to be pushed for deadlines, want to pursue your career development goals and need time off with an easy going job, this is the place

    Cons

    People are not that experienced, don't understand emerging fields. Insufficient compensation. Lack of understanding of research cycle makes your job difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research Center Managers should be people who have already managed research centers for 10+ years at reputed organizations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Normal, Cool, Dispassionate experience

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

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

    Pros

    Infrastructure, Reputation, some degree of appreciable, reliable and integrated support towards achieving knowledge management (through library resources)

    Cons

    weak management, discouraging growth opportunities for expatriate employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expatriate employee do not come for the usual meager amounts that are being offered as increments. Please do not encourage expatriate employee if they are not matching your spiritual or religious ideas as your vision and mission says promoting Islam culture. Because when KSU is highly reputed and competing internationally, employee expects some degree acceptance and growth even if they are not matching the religion. But as long as the employee is working towards the mission and vision (within the scope and limitations of not affecting employee's religious beliefs) of the showing performance, such performance must be sufficiently recognized and rewarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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