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Zayed University Reviews

Updated Aug 15, 2019

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2.0
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27%
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16%
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Lubna Al Qasimi
61 Ratings
Pros
  • "Some nice colleagues and thats about it(in 10 reviews)

  • "Dedicated and great colleagues, good professional development opportunities, students are sweet(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Chairs are powerless and associate deans just suck up - it is pathetic to watch(in 31 reviews)

  • "Pay and benefits have seriously eroded and have not kept up with the high cost of living in the UAE(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Asst Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, wonderful research opportunities

    Cons

    Always contractual appt for 3 years.

    Zayed University2018-02-25
  2. Helpful (16)

    "Many Problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    Facilities, offices, colleagues, mostly tax free for ex-pats, (except a new 5% VAT was added in 2018 making everything more expensive).

    Cons

    ZU disempowers people; it takes every opportunity to wrangle money out of employees even when there have been no substantial raises for 10 years (salary scale not adjusted for inflation for a decade). While paying less and less (because of cost of living increases), more and more is required of faculty in terms of research, advising, needless paperwork. Most faculty teach 4 classes per semester, with multiple preps.

    Zayed University2019-01-02
  3. Helpful (11)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    Good tax free salary and health benefits

    Cons

    Worst working atmosphere and complete lack of professionalism - no process and who or why decisions are made is never clear

    Advice to Management

    Get professional!!

    Zayed University2018-11-28
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Asst Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Zayed University

    Pros

    Good work environment and great students

    Cons

    Highly centralized decision making process

    Zayed University2017-11-09
  5. Helpful (4)

    "operations staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    well meaning staff and diverse group

    Cons

    housing allowance too small to manage

    Advice to Management

    listen to staff

    Zayed University2017-07-18
  6. Helpful (21)

    "Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University

    Pros

    The few students who really want to work hard and are there for a reason

    Cons

    Majority of students expect easy grades, have a poor working knowledge of English and therefore writing essays is of a challenge. The University needs to build up its credentials with a solid staff however with no salary increases along the path, there is little room for professors to stay long term.

    Advice to Management

    Once you leave you are out of their system and have 48 hours so save all your contacts!!!

    Zayed University2015-10-23
  7. Helpful (7)

    "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Zayed University

    Pros

    Generous benefits, fun colleagues, many colleagues mean well

    Cons

    No direction in leadership, no follow through

    Advice to Management

    Find competent people

    Zayed University2015-08-07
  8. Helpful (51)

    "Promises not kept, ill-prepared students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University

    Pros

    Not a thing. Nada. Zilch.

    Cons

    We went to Abu Dhabi because of the promises of a dean, a former stateside colleague. A major part of her pitch was all the other opportunities for earning, especially for my husband whom she promised would be a major part of Zayed's external seminar and teaching program. In fact, at the first faculty meeting she singled him out as an important asset for the school. Nothing she promised ever came to fruition. He did end...

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    Advice to Management

    Shut it down. This place is such a joke the "honest" thing to do would be to pass out diplomas at the door. That's all they're worth.

    Zayed University2014-12-10
  9. Helpful (18)

    "Broken Promises"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, some smart students, Emirati culture

    Cons

    Faculty and staff were promised a 5% raise we are yet to see. Contracts are broken for no reason. Getting research funding is a joke. Though, it is easy to appease the masses. Frustration, anger, and anxiety due to issues neatly summarized in other reviews are now temporarily ameliorated in large part thanks to the upper management's vision of shiny teeth and dental insurance for all. For all, that is, except for the...

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    Advice to Management

    Raise admission standards for students. Decrease faculty teaching load. Provide research support.

    Zayed University2014-01-21
  10. Helpful (16)

    "Happy Days are over"

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

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

    Pros

    Work/Family life balance was good. Lots of holiday time and opportunities to travel. PD opportunities

    Cons

    Management insists on employee feedback only to completely disregard it.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add to what has already been stated on this site.

    Zayed University2013-10-09
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