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Masdar Institute Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2019

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Masdar Institute CEO Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh
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36 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great mentors, great research facilities, flexible work hours(in 6 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Research Engineer"

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

    I worked at Masdar Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, working times and also autonomy

    Cons

    Getting approval took some time

    Masdar Institute2017-09-11
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    "Research Assistant (Phd Student)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Masdar Institute full-time

    Pros

    Full scholarship and housing. Good insurance

    Cons

    managment is the worst. Getting approvals take long times.

    Masdar Institute2018-06-19
  3. "Grad student"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Masdar Institute

    Pros

    Good stipend and housing. Research equipment facility are good

    Cons

    managment is the worst. They take stupid decisions

    Advice to Management

    please improve or else you will bring the university down soon

    Masdar Institute2017-05-23
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Research assistant"

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    Research Assistant in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Masdar Institute for more than a year

    Pros

    Research assistants are mostly provided with resources to conduct a research. Compensation and facilities allows you to concentrate on your research. OK place for young researchers to start the career

    Cons

    some of the faculties are not qualified for their positions. The constant time pressure to publish papers hurts the quality of the work.

    Advice to Management

    future professors should be chosen more carefully and their publications should be analysed thoroughly. students should be given an opportunity to evaluate their advisers (and their opinion should actually taken into consideration)

    Masdar Institute2016-08-04
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    "Masters Student"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Masdar Institute

    Pros

    - Full-ride scholarship including nice monthly allowance - Nice on-campus apartments / off-campus villas - Interesting cultural experience - nice labs & resources - decentish academics - diverse student body - nice winter weather

    Cons

    - lot of free-riders in school management - no-name university outside of UAE - student & social life almost doesn't exist - lack of democratic processes, student body has no real power or representation (can't vote about university policies) - it is a dead end, you really need a car - the whole Masdar "city" is about size of 3 football pitches / 10 buildings - there is no grocery store with fresh diary,... vegetables, fruits or meat - the Student Affairs Office (SAO) is a big mess, everything takes forever (I was waiting 2 weeks for a one page transcript for which I had to pay), they are very unreliable & will screw you over (in terms of salary) if you don't fill up some forms that you've never heard of because they forgot to tell you about them - it seems that the institute & city are running dry: gym got closed, swimming pool was never open - students are very low at priorities ladder - the place has no soul & spirit and can get pretty lonely - various law/cultural restrictions if you come from western world

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    Advice to Management

    You should spend less money on making awkward promotional videos and invest them into students (clubs and other activities) instead. You are very underestimating the word-of-mouth marketing. You should start to be serious about students & their life, events, sports & trips. Students don't need to be micromanaged. They just need your support, so please, listen to them. Otherwise, the place has no future.

    Masdar Institute2015-10-26
  6. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 

    I have been working at Masdar Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good research environment

    Cons

    Better support could be good

    Masdar Institute2019-07-17
  7. "Director, Procurement and Contracts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Masdar Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The vision of Masdar is amazing since it tackles all the environmental issues and the sustainable energy. Well structured and well defined. This has been progressed with the time.

    Cons

    Nothing really. Things are doing well

    Advice to Management

    keep it up

    Masdar Institute2019-05-14
  8. "Great place to begin career."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant 

    I worked at Masdar Institute full-time

    Pros

    Not so demanding, not a high-pressure environment

    Cons

    After sometime, the work wasnt so challenging

    Masdar Institute2019-04-15
  9. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Masdar Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    student diversity - both UAE and International. Great facilities

    Cons

    all was fine - no complaints at all

    Masdar Institute2019-03-18
  10. "Associate Prof in Masder - new contract"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

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

    Pros

    High salaries and low teaching load

    Cons

    Merged with ku one and half years ago

    Masdar Institute2019-02-11
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