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King Saud University Researcher Reviews

Updated Nov 1, 2019

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  1. "Researcher at KSU"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Riyadh
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at King Saud University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good labs and research facilities

    Cons

    Payment is not good, researches number is low

    King Saud University2019-11-01
  2. "Overall a good experience."

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    Former Employee - Researcher 

    I worked at King Saud University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Better living facilities and good learning environment

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, which causes time wastage.

    King Saud University2019-08-16
  3. "Research assistant"

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    Research Assistant in Hyderābād
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at King Saud University for more than a year

    Pros

    Good, better, best, productive, cooperative

    Cons

    Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing

    Advice to Management

    Cool. No need to advise.

    King Saud University2017-09-11
  4. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Riyadh

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    One of the top university in Saudi Arabia with excellent infrastructure and state of the art- labs.

    Cons

    Less team work and co-ordination between teachers.

    King Saud University2016-12-14
  5. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Riyadh
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Place to work in

    Cons

    Compensation packages are very low for non-Saudis

    King Saud University2016-05-08
  6. "Working enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Riyadh
    Recommends

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good opportunities for whose who like to work with research groups. Good facilities are available in labs.

    Cons

    50 % administrative staff can not speak or understand english

    King Saud University2015-11-24
  7. Helpful (3)

    "They cheat, steal your benefits, trap you and have no respect for employees"

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    Former Employee - Research Faculty in Riyadh
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at King Saud University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    1. They normally send contracts with one version of benefits and job title and change the contract terms once you land and report for the duty. you have an option of rejecting the contract then and there but by this time you have already left your previous job and aligned your resources accordingly for your new job. Not signing is usually not an option. 2. All the clerical and security staff speaks Arabic and... knows not a word of English. They are usually racists and would leave no stone unturned to humiliate you. You cannot complain since you never knew what they said to you in Arabic. you would see laughing faces around you to tell you that he just made a joke about you. 3. University uses cheap tactics to save on Air tickets that you are eligible to use every year for visiting back home. They will introduce new rules every year in order to steal your tickets e.g. You can only avail tickets unless you have a minimum of 15 days holidays and also you have stayed in Kingdom for more than 6 months etc. 4. They pay you peanuts for housing in Riyadh. Usually half of what is usually needed for a balanced living in Riyadh environment. 5. Faculty housing is usually full and is not available for expats. Even if it is available, it is not the quality that can be expected out of a multi-billion dollar budgeted university. 6. Rector and higher ups are not concerned about anything going on with the faculty. They do not take feedback from faculty at all. There is no mechanism for feedback, period. 7. University requires your apartment owner/manager to sign on a document saying that you have nothing that you owe to them. If your apartment manager or owner does not sign this, you cannot leave the kingdom on final exit and you are stuck there. Many apartment owners know about this requirement so they will try to hog money from you when you are leaving the apartment by asking for huge sums of money for unneeded minor repairs at your apartment. 8. Finally, this university has miserably failed to attract western expats as you will not find even a single western expat in KSU faculty. This speaks volumes about the problems a faculty member might face during his/her stay at this institution.

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    Advice to Management

    Expel unskilled Saudis from the administration and hire experienced top and middle managers from US, Europe or Australia in order to change basic University functions.

    King Saud University2014-10-21
  8. "KSU has alot of things to offer but those opportunities are under utilized."

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    Current Employee - Medical Researcher in Riyadh
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pros KSU is a friendly environment. Tolerance against expatriates is implemented, what I observed. Flexible in hours once your done with your work I could leave.

    Cons

    Cons. KSU should give a career ladder for expatriates and renewal of contract should be automatic and should upon the recommendation of the supervisor and not the committee who doesnt know our functions. Salary wise it is not longer competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Career ladder for expatriates and should be given equal opportunity employment. Renewal committee should be abolish and should be given at the discretion of the supervisors.

    King Saud University2014-05-26
  9. "You can incubate here we;;"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Riyadh
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    don't want to be pushed for deadlines, want to pursue your career development goals and need time off with an easy going job, this is the place

    Cons

    People are not that experienced, don't understand emerging fields. Insufficient compensation. Lack of understanding of research cycle makes your job difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Research Center Managers should be people who have already managed research centers for 10+ years at reputed organizations.

    King Saud University2013-10-12
  10. "Normal, Cool, Dispassionate experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Riyadh
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at King Saud University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Infrastructure, Reputation, some degree of appreciable, reliable and integrated support towards achieving knowledge management (through library resources)

    Cons

    weak management, discouraging growth opportunities for expatriate employee

    Advice to Management

    Expatriate employee do not come for the usual meager amounts that are being offered as increments. Please do not encourage expatriate employee if they are not matching your spiritual or religious ideas as your vision and mission says promoting Islam culture. Because when KSU is highly reputed and competing internationally, employee expects some degree acceptance and growth even if they are not matching the religion.... But as long as the employee is working towards the mission and vision (within the scope and limitations of not affecting employee's religious beliefs) of the showing performance, such performance must be sufficiently recognized and rewarded.

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    King Saud University2013-09-08
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