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Donna Sultan
42 Ratings
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  • "No salary upgrade until you are promoted to higher level(in 9 reviews)

  • "No fixed hierarchy system for mid level staff(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I have worked as project architect for Pearl Qatar. project."

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    Current Employee - Project Architect in Middletown, NY

    I have been working at KEO full-time for more than 19 years

    Pros

    I need to good consultant

    Cons

    working in High Rise Building / Big project

    Advice to Management

    ok

    KEO2014-08-06
  2. "Good Place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at KEO full-time

      Pros

      Good work community, team work, and project management capabilities

      Cons

      Very tight schedule for the projects

      KEO2018-06-26
    • Helpful (2)

      "A Company at the crossroads"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at KEO full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      KEO is a genuine competitor to the big multinationals in the GCC and has name recognition through the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, which is quite impressive for a family run business. KEO does get some impressive projects , colleagues are generally friendly and approachable, there is a sense of loyalty to staff by the directors (although this is eroding due to the market environment).

      Cons

      KEO is very top heavy with a lot of directors who draw fat salaries, and really have little impact on the direction of the company, therefore the fees have failed to adjust to the market and the mid level employees suffer in terms of pay cuts, and a "do more with less" attitude. Pay rises don't exist, its not uncommon to find really good employees on the same salary as five years previously, which saps morale as you know...

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      Advice to Management

      The market is normalising and the glory days are over. Figure out if KEO is going to remain one of the top names or just a medium priced option. Review your management strucutres and trim the fat and stop the constant restructures. Also, your directors have little influence on the success of the company, as the market slows so do your profits, parachuting in a new saviour every six months isnt going to conjure up some...

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      KEO2019-02-06
    • "Senior Project Manager “PM-CM”"

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      Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dubai
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at KEO full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Professional practice and High reputation

      Cons

      Business declined due to current market conditions

      Advice to Management

      Lack of Annual reviews and compensation

      KEO2019-01-12
    • "Good Employer - Tough Business Climate"

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      Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Doha
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at KEO full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      KEO is a great Employer with strong family values and marvelous Management

      Cons

      Business environment is too tough in GCC at the moment

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the good work #GoKEO

      KEO2019-01-09
    • "Architect"

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      Former Employee - Architect in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at KEO full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      Salary paid on time

      Cons

      Top heavy upper management lacks awareness on fundamentals of design consultancy practice aspirations. Almost all decisionmakers have no technical experience and hence totally depended on technical directors - who consistently failed to deliver. Lots of self promotion to receive awards but lacked the advertised capabilities. Staff at the technical delivery side is disillusioned to see executive level managers brought...

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      Advice to Management

      Fire all senior managers drawing fat salaries who are not professionally qualified and use this capital to bring in and sustain real professional talent that knows how to deliver quality work and still makes the company profitable. Identify and reward the hard working staff with Yearly salary increment, bonuses etc instead of only certificate every 5 years.

      KEO2019-01-08
    • "Awful employer."

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

      I worked at KEO full-time

      Pros

      Salary was paid on time

      Cons

      Deceitful Management and Board. Puport to be a "family" company, not even close.

      Advice to Management

      Replace the CEO. Company is rotten from the top down.

      KEO2019-01-07
    • "Architect"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at KEO full-time

      Pros

      Great teams to work with and projects

      Cons

      None of it if you really have the passion for the profession

      KEO2018-10-26
    • ""Excellent Company to work with""

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      Former Employee - Project Manager in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at KEO full-time for more than 19 years

      Pros

      I worked for almost 24 years with KEO Abdu Dhabi, as Project Manager in wastewater System Design. It's an honor to be associated with the KEO Institution and pure pleasure to be part of the KEO Family

      Cons

      Employee performances are not taken in to account in retaining the staff by the management.

      Advice to Management

      All the best, keep it up

      KEO2018-09-25
    • "Admin"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at KEO full-time

      Pros

      good implementation of HR policies, established system

      Cons

      no salary increment and promotion system

      KEO2018-09-22
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