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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2019

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Pros
  • "Good salary, good family life, and also generous for spouse can work as PTSA(in 13 reviews)

  • "World of oppurtunities here at KAUST(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Rumors about many internal things at KAUST create a more negative atmosphere(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    for career growth, the opportunity to build meaningful projects and to expand the impact I have

    Cons

    Loss of Connection with Employees

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2017-07-26
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    great for young families, probably not so interesting for singles. Community activities, sports facilities, ease of movement around the campus (free bus service), good Internet connectivity.

    Cons

    isolated community, with a desire on the part of administration to emulate Western institutions and values. Hard to learn Arabic here or hire tutors for children, if desired, as KAUST Schools prohibited school Arabic teachers from offering tutoring outside the school after hours/weekends,

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2017-03-06
  3. "Lead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you have initiative, great professional development, solid benefits and a fantastic community with all that one could need

    Cons

    It is a relative small organization so advancement opportunities are limited. It takes 60 min to drive to Jeddah. The golf course is a 9 hole.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2017-01-13
  4. Helpful (16)

    "HR Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Good money, bad work culture

    Cons

    Horrible place to work!!!! Stay away!!!

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within more.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2016-12-26
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Very supportive professor and environment. Witnessing the anxiety of learning new material on others was eye opening.

    Cons

    Anxiety can be hammering students ability to deliver - Upper Management solutions are not addressing the sources of such anxiety.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2016-04-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "The BCL"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Bar Harbor, ME
    Recommends
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    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work and live

    Cons

    Trade scientific diversity for lack of scientific focus

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office and meet the students

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2016-03-22
  7. "Economic Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    This was a remarkable work experience. It was rewarding to work with people from all around the world. It was amazing.

    Cons

    There were no downsides to this experience. It was a wonderful facility with great minds from around the world. KAUST is state of the art.

    Advice to Management

    The management always encouraged you to do your best. There was support when you needed it and room to grow.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2015-04-26
  8. Helpful (21)

    "Your experience will entirely depend on your close colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    There are some great people here, and some that are terrible to work with. My best advice is: Before accepting a position here, make sure you feel very comfortable with the people you'll be reporting to and/or working with. You should feel able to approach your future colleagues or boss with questions as you make your decision (don't get all your info from HR; they mean well, but be sure to speak with those you'll be...

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    Cons

    You'll be working with people who you also share a community with. This can create a certain amount of stress; taking precautions can mitigate this somewhat, so, try to avoid gossip and get involved in "politics" as little as possible. There are very limited entertainment options if you do not enjoy outdoor activities. Going into Jeddah is not like going into the modern cities that you may be used to, as there is...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep salaries up and keep providing good annual increases, to help with retention. The perception is that KAUST is tightening the belt, and it's ok to do that in other areas, but not employee salaries, or you will quickly get attrition. In terms of staff, the recruitment team seems to be bringing in people who are, on the whole, experienced and competent (I am speaking about recent hires). Obviously, keep doing this,...

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    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2015-01-29
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great world experience in multicultural community but has challenges."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Great pay and chance to get out of debt and save. Get to experience the world with plenty financial benefits and vacation days. My job is low stress and so is life on campus but can be boring at times. Great for young or just starting families but not so great for singles.

    Cons

    Saudi Arabia can be challenging to adjust to for westerners but not too bad once adjustment period is over. Plenty chance to travel.

    Advice to Management

    Need more vision in general and better plans for implementing efficient and effective administrative tactics.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2014-07-23
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Kaust"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

      Pros

      Safe compound living Great for Small families

      Cons

      Some people are very close minded

      King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2013-09-30
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