King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Manager Reviews

Updated 23 Nov 2019

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  1. "More than 20 years in Contracting with King Abdul Aziz University"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Jeddah
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible timing and good money

    Cons

    Don't follow the company culture and not challenging.

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  2. "An oasis in the desert"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Thuwal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, culture and benefits

    Cons

    Location is a little remote

  3. "Good Working Place"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Jeddah

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus to live in

    Cons

    Too far from the larger city Jeddah

  4. "Beautiful campus... but"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Saudis are wonderful and warm people - eager to learn if given an opportunity

    Cons

    It is my opinion/view - many expats in managerial and support positions are there through nepotism and bring no value to the mission of the university or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its all about money. There is very little effort or focus on transferring knowledge to Saudis,. Management uses every tactic to pay Saudis mediocre salaries while lining theirs and their cronies pockets. Some have left, but there are some holdouts there. Corrupt and unethical practices abound!!!

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    "Generous Pay, Extremely Political"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Manager in Thuwal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay packages at KAUST are generous, in order to entice expats to move there to work. Many amenities are very nice.

    Cons

    This institution is extremely political. Most universities are -- and this one has the Saudi culture of "wasta" or "pull." Only those who kiss up, move up.

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  6. "A research-oriented environment that provides professional support for early career researchers."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Thuwal
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Multiple techniques and approaches for investigating issues in material sciences and a friendly atmosphere, where early career scientists can easily learn new techniques at greatly subsidised costs and there's a lot of support from the university.

    Cons

    Thuwal has a harsh climate, where summer temperatures can be as high as 42 degrees Celsius. However, most office buildings and houses have air conditions. In addition, there is limited opportunity for interdisciplinary studies. And there are some techniques without competent staff to handle.

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    "Could be the best, but!"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Jeddah
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing living and working culture that's totally different than the rest of Saudi Arabia, the country invested a lot in this university to make it one of the best among the world.

    Cons

    It has a lot of competent and outstanding employees (number is decreasing), but the management in general is a big question-mark! which forced the best people to leave and retain only the low performers

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Frustrating with clash of cultures"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Thuwal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good pay, great community, interesting mix of nationalities

    Cons

    erratic administation, location in KSA

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