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United Arab Emirates University Reviews

Updated Feb 6, 2020

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2.8
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Pros
  • "Decent pay and benefits, usually decent working hours(in 7 reviews)

  • "Healthy Environment, Good Salary, working as a team(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Bullying goes on and no-one will do anything about it(in 3 reviews)

  • "Cost of living is increasing rapidly in the country and there has been no pay rise since 2007(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Associate Professor in Education"

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    I worked at United Arab Emirates University

    Pros

    UAEU equipped me with deep knowledge and high skills in my major. It is the place where you will find the challenge and succeeded. Today the faculty of education is NCATE accredited and the teacher preparation programs match the international standards.

    Cons

    Sometimes a faculty member teaches courses which is not in his/her specialty. Actually, I have taught courses in early childhood for more than ten years, in addition to my major courses. If I look it from positive preservative, I have learned a lot.

    United Arab Emirates University2015-08-26
  2. "Changes be a coming"

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    Former Employee - Instructor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There was a distinct culture of respect and development at one point. Now things have gone downhill.

    Cons

    The current leadership is hot to get a "space program" off the ground completely ignoring the true data that the students can't handle the basics yet. Moved funds and jobs away to sort that. Let long standing staff go in the shadiest ways possible. Certain the University College Dean is an ignorant power monger who slaughters everyone in his path to greater glories. The sugar castle he is assembling will come crashing to the ground. Higher admin cheats instructors out of contracted salaries for special programs. This is not a good place to work at the moment. Not that you'll have any luck applying.

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    United Arab Emirates University2020-02-06
  3. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, usually decent working hours.

    Cons

    Professor you're working under almost completely controls your hours, pay, etc. and you can't make an unfairness complaint without losing your job.

    United Arab Emirates University2018-04-28
  4. "Formerly Great"

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    Current Employee - Instructor 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you work for a good department it can be the best job in the world.

    Cons

    Not sure of the stability of any position with UAEU.

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    United Arab Emirates University2020-01-29
  5. "General"

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    Current Employee - Tech Lead 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Muti-national environment Peaceful atmosphere Government Institution Governemental discounts across outlets in uae

    Cons

    More Arabs (not emiratis) who doesn't like asians

    United Arab Emirates University2020-01-19
  6. "Heavy teaching load"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor 
    Recommends

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good colleagues for the most part

    Cons

    No regular pay rises or policies for pay rises or reviews

    United Arab Emirates University2019-12-31
  7. "Great Benefits, Decent Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The challenges are numerous as it is a relatively young university and programs are being established. The benefits are numerous and research funding is decent

    Cons

    Lots of tasks happen in the last minute, lack of collaborative atmosphere for research

    United Arab Emirates University2019-12-09
  8. "bad place"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    high teaching load and low salary

    Cons

    low salary, not good environment for research bad students level

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    United Arab Emirates University2019-12-22
  9. "it's where you go to sleep"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of money for research; you are basically left to do your own thing

    Cons

    total indifference to whether you are happy or not, or whether you stay or go; the good people produce, do not get recognized, leave with little commotion as there's lot more where you came from, so whatever, while the bad never get removed, in fact, they get 'promoted up and out of the way'; little recognition for what you bring. management is run by the rotating chairs old boys club, just stay out of everything.

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    United Arab Emirates University2019-11-09
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Worse place in the world to work if you value your career"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Bangkok

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Experience another culture and easy to travel to other countries. If used to be inexpensive to live here but not anymore.

    Cons

    Cons: 1-The work culture is the worst. If you are not Arab or speak Arabic, you are considered irrelevant and receive no support from management or HR. I have witnessed the excessive, oppressive, sexist, and racist treatment of the Expat faculty and staff. 2-Corrupt management with no managerial capacity, experience, or credentials! Leadership is none existent. Resulting in a toxic, harassing volatile workplace environment lacking opportunities to improve or grow because no one knows what they are doing. 3-High turnover! NO raises! If they feel they can use you to make themselves look good, they dump more work and responsibility on you without any compensation. 4-Contracts are renewable every two years but can be fired at any time without any reason. 5-Salaries have been frozen for years, and they prevent anyone from making money anywhere else. No raises! 6-Skype, Zoom, and other apps are even blocked on campus so you can't maintain an online teaching position at any other institutions. 7-A majority of the faculty especially the foundation dept. have lied about their credentials and experience meaning they have none outside working at UAEU. Faculty that have credentials paid someone to do the work for them and have no previous work experience other than UAEU. This causes a high turnover of qualified personnel with actual credentials and experience. 8-High teaching load due to high turnover and no new faculty since even the veteran faculty are leaving due to decreases in benefits and opportunities. They think because you are in their country they can turn anyone into an indentured servant. 9-Service institution, not a research or even teaching institution. About all of the Emirati faculty have no idea how to conduct original research or teach. A brief conversation proves they have no idea how to use proper APA format; even their emails reflect their inability to write in English or Arabic. 10-The entire country is set up only to benefit the Emirates. They experience no consequences for any of their actions and most have no previous experience in the workforce. Jobs are passed out based on tribal connections and personal favors. The country is really in a severe economic crisis that they are continuing to try to hide. Their war with Yemen and the drop in oil prices has had a destabilizing effect on the country. Even the K-12 school systems are in serious disarray.

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    United Arab Emirates University2019-04-16

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