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American University of the Middle East Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. "Stay away!"

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

    I have been working at American University of the Middle East full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sports center( which you can't use except after 5)

    Cons

    Horrifying work ethic and management, turnover unheard of even in a company, heads of dept fired like janitors, no rights for anyone beyond legal basics and even the legal ones trampled. This place looks good on the outside but is a trap. If you are an academic, this is not where you should work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a team of American academics and stop trying to run this place yourselves, you are clueless about universities and you are bringing the place to destruction. Hundreds of firings and resignations? Learn to accept that you must change.


  2. "Toxic environment"

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

    I worked at American University of the Middle East full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gym, facilities, some of the people, and the salary.

    Cons

    Poor management obsessed with micromanaging everything you do.

    Advice to Management

    Get some real American academics to run this place otherwise, do not call yourself an American university.

  3. "Mostly good students, but many ESL instructors are toxic (Located in Egaila, Kuwait)"

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    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in Bayān (Kuwait)
    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in Bayān (Kuwait)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American University of the Middle East full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Many creative students
    2. New and improving campus facilities
    3. Professional/academic activities to encourage student motivation and participation
    4. Paid vacation for summer leave
    5. Opportunity to meet and collaborate with educators from all over the world

    Cons

    1. Curriculum at the time did not properly prepare students for university courses
    2. Negative attitudes towards students and gossip (teachers-teachers, students-teachers, teachers-students)
    3. Corruption in management positions
    4. Difficult to plan time off due to last minute schedule changes with the university
    5. Strict attendance policy for instructors (campus events, graduation ceremonies, etc.)
    6. Unequal/unfair treatment of some custodial staff
    7. Preferential treatment given to certain nationalities
    8. Unprofessional and rude HR staff
    9. 8-5 mandatory work schedule (on campus) even when not teaching and management will search for employees who are not at their desks

    Advice to Management

    This comment section is likely wasted on this university. They will decide what changes benefit them (monetary-driven) at any given time and the advice from a former employee will fall on deaf ears.


  4. "The worst employer I have ever worked for in my career"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Al ‘Uqaylah (Kuwait)
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Al ‘Uqaylah (Kuwait)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American University of the Middle East full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. There is nothing good. Do not be deceived by the nice building or infrastructure as they already design and build them this way to device new comers

    Cons

    Very intimidating management with little to zero back ground in managing academic institutions. They threaten faculty day and night, they do not leave room for faculty to move and develop the course work and their careers. This is a one man business, everything is centered around al Othman and his baby son and nothing else

    Advice to Management

    As a personal advise leave the academic management to the people who know it and spent their lives in it and go open a gas station better for you


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dont indulge into grapevine and you will enjoy here"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Bayān (Kuwait)
    Former Employee - Professor in Bayān (Kuwait)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at American University of the Middle East full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lovely place, amazing facilities, good salary, gym, mixed culture.

    Cons

    unorganised rule change at last minute, few greedy professors spreading negativity

    Advice to Management

    introduce professionalism and do not keep changing rules


  6. "Stay away"

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

    I have been working at American University of the Middle East full-time

    Pros

    Salary, faculty, sports center,

    Cons

    Everything else, terrible work environment, rumors, gossip, endless paperwork, endless justification of every move faculty wish to make, worst of all is management, or more accurately "lack of management". Every single colleague I know is looking for a job elsewhere (including myself). I know someone from management will try to sugar coat this ugly truth somehow or try to find who I am and fire me, but I don't care at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Do the opposite of what you're currently doing.


  7. "Bad all the way"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Ḩawallī (Kuwait)
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Ḩawallī (Kuwait)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American University of the Middle East full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    money is good and you can save some

    Cons

    absolutely everything else is horrible - micromanagement, spying, fear management, secrecy, gossiping, rumors, tyrannical bosses and fake colleagues

    Advice to Management

    change your attitudes if you want a truly progressive place! otherwise continue hiring from the Middle East

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible place overall"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Kuwait City (Kuwait)
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Kuwait City (Kuwait)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the salary is good (not so good lately); campus is nice (lots of construction work and you move a lot); colleagues

    Cons

    The place is run by paranoid businessmen who have no idea about higher education management. Censorship is rampant. You are under surveillance (security and cameras) all the time and under a military regime - you get warnings for being 5 minutes late. The students are kind-hearted but very bad with low lever and very disruptive behavior. Micromanagement is rampant too. You are stuck in fishbowl (glass) offices with 0 privacy. Overall the place gives you terrible stress and is not worth it for long terms projects. Go there to earn money, then go back to civilization.

    Advice to Management

    Relax and let academics manage academics. Abolish the 8 to 5 work-hours rule - it is ridiculous. Give proper breaks and holidays to people and stop snooping in on everyone. The blogs will stop only then... Only if you show trust and respect. Stop sending disrespectful emails to people about how they should wash and trim their nails.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Deceiving"

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American University of the Middle East full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment , the facilities , gym , cycling .. etc and good salary cant find anything more actually than that.

    Cons

    They use you for every dinar they give , very weird management , insecure .. very high turn over rate !
    They deceive with the good salary by using you to work after 5 , Work in weekends not flexible vacations at ALL ! Making you hate every second you decided to work there .. doesn't respect any of the employee opinion ! One day you could wake up and find your self terminated .. just like that !

    Advice to Management

    Please value your employees more


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not so good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American University of the Middle East full-time

    Pros

    The employees in general make the stay at AUM smooth

    Cons

    The management thinks they own the employees and give them ridiculous work timings without paying them over time wages.


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