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KFUPM Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Very good environment, multicultural, most of the people are well educated (in 6 reviews)

  • Good salary, and great benefits, excellent vacation (over two months per year) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • very low salary increase, evaluation has no bearing, foreign staff are less priorities, no health insurance, poor medical clinic (in 3 reviews)

  • No cons on my the position I worked (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good environment with no promotions"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good environment, multicultural, most of the people are well educated. less pressure and job security.

    Cons

    No bonuses, no career track, no promotions no salary increase and after all no further education and training benefits

    Advice to Management

    Please invest in people let them get admission in the university to educate more and facilitate them with training. Please add a career track especially for STAFF there is no single motivation for them they join as ABC they retire as ABC.


  2. "Bad Place for Researchers and Academicians"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KFUPM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good money, better than some countries.
    - little structure and system. So , if you know how to play you can get a lot of money
    - Give you a house inside

    Cons

    - No one cares about your teaching
    - No one cares about you doing research, just publish papers even if to low conferences and journals.
    - Every nationality has their own group that works together to promote people from their country. Some faculties will befriends to some students from their countries and make their graduation a piece of cake.

    Advice to Management

    Having people from different countries does not promote diversity, you must instill the culture there.
    research should be done by faculty members, not by students.
    Faculty is not only people with PhD, their manners, ethics, professionality must be checked regularly because their bad attitudes will be reflected on the students.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad for a time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at KFUPM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Low stress, minimal oversight, lots of free time

    Cons

    benefits could be better; housing for non-Ph.Ds needs to be seriously improved


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice working place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KFUPM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tax free income. Low teaching load, ample research funding, on campus housing

    Cons

    Centralized admin. One need to plan ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralise at college level such things such as conference funding, journal submission fees


  5. "Non-Saudi Student at this university"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1. Free tuition, free books and monthly salary make this a very attractive university to go to.
    2. Research is top-notch for engineering

    Cons

    1. Your chances of getting a good job in Saudi as a non-Saudi are very low.
    2. University doesn't teach you enough to excel in jobs outside Saudi

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do. I doubt any change can be made without an upheaval in the basis behind this unviersity's foundation


  6. "Fictitious Standard Cliams"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at KFUPM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities for Umrah and Hajj, many Prayer Areas for Salat

    Cons

    Substandard living conditions. Saudi-Oriented policies. Sluggish administration. Substandard medical center. Do not follow the contract by the books.

    Advice to Management

    Be reasonable in salary based on qualification and experience.


  7. "Stable but below market package"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KFUPM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Reputation, working hours, good campus facilities (for students and faculty, not staff), strong research and development R&D expertise and infrastructure

    Cons

    Sub par packages, lack of proper reward system based on performance management, poor medical facilities, and less room for professional development

    Advice to Management

    Delegate responsibility and install performance based reward system

  8. "great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KFUPM full-time

    Pros

    great place and environment, many opportunities

    Cons

    hard journey, hard to get in


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere to work with great multi cultural environment.

    Cons

    Not very attractive salary packages as compared to its reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Should be more involved in the administration.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    excellent working and living conditions

    Cons

    public transport is not available


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