King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Researcher Reviews

Updated 2 Jul 2020

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  1. "High quality research and standard of living"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Mecca
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    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    A comfortable life and professional researchers

    Cons

    The weather is hot in the summer!

  2. "Unique environment"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Visiting Researcher 

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Good work life balance and diverse environment

    Cons

    Housing is hit or miss

  3. "Good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Jeddah
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and flexible working hour.

    Cons

    There is no cons for KAUST

  4. "It really depends on which group you are in."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the freedom to conduct experiments with less financial limitations.

    Cons

    Challenges related to differences in culture/lack of leadership.

  5. "Electrical engineering, micro technology, nano fabrication, integrated circuit..."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Jeddah
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High-quality research environment, good cleanroom, many equipments

    Cons

    Hard to have a faculty position

  6. "An amazing organization to work with"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in Thuwal
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very professional organization, relaxed work environment, free ample time to work on one's own ideas

    Cons

    Little less freedom of expression, lesser opportunities nearby

  7. "Postdoctoral researcher"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Mecca
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    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent research facilities, many recreational activities are free.

    Cons

    Lack of social life, very hot in summer.

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    "5 years at KAUST"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Researcher 
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The campus is really nice, we all feel comfortable to live here. Many facilities operate, restaurant, cinema, recreational facilities etc. The view of the sea is spectacular. Good work/life balance, everything is close. About work, you have access to high class facilities. No need to bring grants, so you focus on your work.

    Cons

    The quality of the restaurants is going to worse and worse, the manager for a personal reason does not want to do any improvement. Quality of teaching at school is not amazing, acceptable, but not amazing. Depending on which department you work maybe your big boss thinks that he is your god because they give you a salary and they think that you can not find a similar salary somewhere else. If you plan to work for a position which demands PhD and you have 4+ year of experience negotiate your salary, seriously be careful, you can be stuck with a low salary compared to what they can offer. It is one of the most unfair places regarding salaries, for the same work people who come from US they have better salaries than a person who comes from many other places. Rumors about many internal things at KAUST create a more negative atmosphere.

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  9. "Research Staff"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Staff in Thuwal
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good package, learning new experience, working in multicultural environment

    Cons

    climate if you are not used to it, cultural restrictions if you go outside

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  10. "Great place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
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    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great scientific opportunity, talented researcher and friendly workplace. The salary is higher than the usual US salary and tax free.

    Cons

    If you don't have a family there, then your life will be probably hard, since it is isolated.

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