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Abu Dhabi University Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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Abu Dhabi University Chancellor Nabil Ibrahim
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  1. "Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Manager in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abu Dhabi University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience, build knowledge and test new methods

    Cons

    very little support from management, need to be fully independent


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Abu Dhabi University,wWorse employer to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Abu Dhabi University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits such as housing, annual leave، and health insurance are good. The university receives steady support from the Ministry of Higher Education. Good Meketing Department.

    Cons

    Very bad management at college levell. Deans are motivated by self interest. No respect for faculty. They are treated as hight school teachers. No effective quality assurance scheme in practice, only on papers in order to look good for accreditation purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Re-establish a new and dynamic Institutional Effectiveness. Bridge gabs of communication between faculty, mid management, and senior Admin. Restructure Human Resources.

  3. "Place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Abu Dhabi University full-time

    Pros

    A place to learn and grow with strong strategies outlined.

    Cons

    Requires more effective communication to its staff.

    Advice to Management

    Consider staff and with more open communciation


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A company in Transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay on time, small company, so good experience of tasks that may not have been designated to you if it were a larger entity.

    Cons

    Culture of blame instigated and maintained by the CEO. Lots of family members on the payroll. Contracts are often acquired at the last minute and quality is therefore not able to be achieved unless it comes from the ability or professionalism of the individuals who are delivering.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to bully and shift the blame as much as you do (CEO). This has created a culture of fear, where innovation is a distant dream. Your family are yes men and you have lost touch with reality.


  5. "Best Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great places to work and the places that create value for customers and employees. A lot of support from colleagues and coworkers.

    Cons

    Work and life balance, lots of opportunities to change to a different role, focus on development of the employees, good management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, don't take anything employee's say as personal. Build excellence again instead of working to meet base level of excellence.


  6. "Inspiring leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This University has visionary leadership who inspire and motivate employees to raise to their full potential, achieve great progress in quality, accreditation and services, while contributing to the local community for employment. Both faculty and staff services are near excellent. There is harmony in our efforts.

    Cons

    I have worked in many universities and this is far above others in many ways. There are some employees who do not like to work hard, so they should leave.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great service to the graduates with their employment in the community. Thank you for the growth to my career and many others.


  7. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Abu Dhabi University full-time

    Pros

    Collegiality, supportive leadership and flexibility. A place where you can learn and grow.

    Cons

    Being a private University it has a few limited cons. However, this never been seen as any obstacles towards its growth. recent WASC accreditation is one of the best example.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing negative as yet.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "It was ok"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Alaincourt-la-Côte (France)
    Former Employee - Faculty in Alaincourt-la-Côte (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abu Dhabi University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good university but the supporting staff are very bad specially HR. Needs a new well trained staff. Good faculty and labs.

    Cons

    Does not like faculty. They deal with faculty like a staff. No facility for staff. Forcing everybody to live in a college students buildings in no where.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire a New VC who understands how to run educational institution.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worked there once, but never again."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Abu Dhabi University full-time

    Pros

    The salary isn't the absolute worst.

    Cons

    If you ever receive a chance to work at Abu Dhabi University, do not accept unless you are not at all concerned about your future. Even if you are given a very attractive package, you must remember that all those “benefits” are only temporary – and at any time you can be kicked out in the name of a “corporate restructuring” or “budget reallocation”.

    All the administrative staff treat the professors with absolute disrespect. Many a times, I have seen a colleague being argued with when they approached the administration to obtain a document for a valid reason. The deans of colleges are extremely unprofessional and do not care about the faculty at all; moreover, they are hand in glove with the administrative/office staff and play dirty politics to make professors’ lives difficult every chance they get.

    Other departments’ staff lack the required knowledge and etiquette for the positions they were selected for. It is obvious that in most cases here, they were recruited due to their connections at the university and not because they were eligible or a good match to handle the responsibilities of their respective positions.

    The upper management has no idea about what actually goes on in the university. They are terribly misinformed by the colleges’ deans who villainize professors completely disregarding their time and effort spent towards building the university’s name and fame.

    Moreover, there are very few opportunities for career development. Research funding is very hard to come by, and the grants’ proposals are often reviewed by individuals who lack the prerequisite subject knowledge and research experience themselves.

    At Abu Dhabi University, there is no such thing as “full-time” faculty. Only work here today if you don’t mind losing your job tomorrow.

    Advice to Management

    You need to fire the deans and bring in new ones who can actually motivate the faculty and not steal credit of their achievements to look good themselves.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Indeed many excellent faculty in various colleges, more in certain colleges than others.

    Cons

    Poor support units that provide minimal support to the faculty and students. On top of that, they get to exercise interesting authority over academic faculty. Strange management structure where non-academics enjoy benefits and salaries comparable to if not greater than many faculty members.

    Advice to Management

    Transform the university into truly academic university under qualified Chancellor and Provost. Empower academicians (after all it is a university) and move critical decision making the academicians instead of non-academics.


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