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Zayed University Reviews

Updated November 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Benefits, nice colleagues, flex work hours" (in 9 reviews)

  • "none, the nepotism is incredible and there is nothing good to say" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Organizing more social events for faculty and staff" (in 8 reviews)

  • "there is no transparency from senior management and the arrogance of the VP and Provost knows no bounds" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Asst Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Asst Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work environment and great students

    Cons

    Highly centralized decision making process

  3. Helpful (3)

    "operations staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  4. Helpful (20)

    "Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!!!


  5. Helpful (7)

    "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generous benefits, fun colleagues, many colleagues mean well

    Cons

    No direction in leadership, no follow through

    Advice to Management

    Find competent people


  6. Helpful (50)

    "Promises not kept, ill-prepared students"

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

    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 up teaching high-level diplomats for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but agreed upon fees were always late, reduced, or argued about after the fact.
    As for myself, I was appalled at the quality of the undergraduates; ill-prepared but quite willing to blatantly cheat and plagiarize. The colleagues I arrived with became disillusioned as quickly as I did, and we shared the same stories of broken promises and indifferent students.
    Colleagues who had been there for a few years fell into two camps: Those too scared to make a peep, and those who toed the party line, and did the dirty work for the sheiks and deans.
    I taught one graduate course, but only after the original curriculum I proposed was completely "dumbed down." I cannot imagine a graduate degree from Zayed having the same academic heft as a typical U.S. high school diploma.
    Their undergraduate degree is utterly worthless, as students are passed along so as not to offend their influential fathers.
    This was a horrid waste of time, and we left in June for a "visit" back home, leaving a fully furnished apartment behind, never to return. It's the only way to do it; tell them you're quitting and the cancel your visa and hold your money hostage. After we left a colleague and his family were booted out of the country with no reason given - and 30 days to clear out!
    I see they've posted job listings for the coming year; hopefully prospective applicants will stop at glassdoor first.

    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.


  7. Helpful (17)

    "Broken Promises"

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

    I have been working at Zayed University full-time (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 support personnel who are still being treated like slaves and working 12 hour days. ZU has no concept of social responsibility.

    Advice to Management

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

  8. Helpful (15)

    "Happy Days are over"

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

    I worked at Zayed University full-time (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.


  9. "it's not bad"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Instructor in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's probably one of the best university's to work for in the UAE. Lots of time off, students really nice

    Cons

    not much respect for faculty, treated like kids.
    too too too easy on the students, allowing them make up sessions whenever they want etc.
    many changes make zero sense

    Advice to Management

    get new management in UC


  10. Helpful (6)

    "ZU should just be shut down."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None left to speak of

    Cons

    This once fine university has essentially disintegrated. There is not one person in the upper echelons of administration that has a clue about how to operate a university. Most of the good faculty have left, those that remain are actively looking to leave or have sold their soul to the devil. The financial benefits that influenced some to stay despite the horrible work environment no longer exist. There is no way that the institution can maintain its U.S. accreditation so they might as well just shut it down.

    Advice to Management

    Find new careers, you have no business in education.


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