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I have been working at King Saud University full-time for less than a year
Its a teaching university and full of academic activities.
Being an expat has some drawbacksKing Saud University2019-09-03
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Doesn't RecommendNegative Outlook
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I worked at King Saud University full-time for more than 3 years
None that I can think of.
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.
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