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Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • they gave us good salary and good benefits like health insurance, free accomodations, cellular phone as we landed in the airport (in 6 reviews)

  • Good salary and benefits, although newer employees are offered different contracts to existing employees as the benefits system has changed (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • New upper management installed last year has destroyed the teaching/learning environment for all (in 9 reviews)

  • Rounds of unexplained employment terminations; complete lack of job security; senior management who treat academics like factory workers (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Upper management merry-go-round"

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

    I worked at HCT full-time

    Pros

    Compensation package was nice and tax-free income made it even better. Although benefits have been cut from what I've heard.

    Cons

    Students with "wasta" (aka "connections") were capable of rallying together to get teachers terminated; full-on regime changes were very frequent and academic directors only stayed a few months at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain qualified educators with proven cultural experience and results; don't only seek PHD's at all costs. Also, when handling student complaints - maintain neutrality and wait to forming an opinion until investigating...all too often students had the ability to shift policy and push-out anyone/anything that increased student work-load (especially if it involved stricter attendance, or increased amount of writing/homework).


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Fire the VC"

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

    I worked at HCT full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues, in many cases; students, for the most part.

    Cons

    Arrogant and clueless upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Review (the) title


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Deteriorating"

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

    Pros

    Used to be better before...

    Cons

    No respect for teachers; keep changing curricula every year, dont know what they want to do...

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement will get you nowhere. Empower the professionals that are emplyed


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  5. Helpful (15)

    "Worst company ever!"

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

    I have been working at HCT (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Maybe pay when they don't cheat you. THey have many ways to decrease your pay or change it.

    Cons

    Everything, so unhappy working there with the down communication and disrespectful attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals in the office that keep their word. Making promises and not following through is a port business practice.


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Middle East Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HCT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Faculty from around the world, wonderful place from which to explore the world, the students are welcoming. Recent changes in compensation policies make the job less desirable.

    Cons

    Administrative red-tape, regime and policy changes, the general turmoil in the Middle East has made the location and travel in the area much less attractive.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Working at the HCT was a roller coaster in both good and bad ways, and I really enjoyed working there.""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Many people at the institution are committed to student success, and the students themselves are amazing. It was a privilege to associate with them and to be part of their education.

    Cons

    Policy and personnel changed more than most of us enjoyed. Job security seemed non-existent, even among the most excellent faculty and management.

    Advice to Management

    I can't really advise the top managers. The vast majority of employees are from outside the UAE, and as an outsider myself, I can't judge their actions. They know what is best for their own people, and they have a huge responsibility to the younger generation.


  8. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at HCT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work with friendly environment.

    Cons

    No job promotion or effort recognition or annual bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees and training's to develop their skills.


  9. "Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A very respectful place to work at

    Cons

    Takes so long to get hired


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Professor in C E and Mathematics"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Muscat (Oman)
    Former Employee - Professor in Muscat (Oman)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at HCT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its fun to teach in other countries. I really treasure my experiences in dealing with other nationality.
    they gave us good salary and good benefits like health insurance, free accomodations, cellular phone as we landed in the airport. etc.

    Cons

    The new management is an anti expats, racist and he don't usually to our opinios. He does not want us to give failing grades to students even they perform very poor and seldom attend their classes.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to you faculty members why the students deserve the failing grades. Be fair to everybody and be approachable to the expats worker because your employees are no longer enjoying their jobs unlike the previous administrator.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "A Shocking Place to Work Right Now."

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

    I worked at HCT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Students for the majority of the time, most colleagues.

    Cons

    Rounds of unexplained employment terminations; complete lack of job security; senior management who treat academics like factory workers. Continual threats to jobs, salaries, yet management say they want to retain staff. This is blatantly untrue.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. You've destroyed the place.


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