King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Reviews

Updated 10 Aug 2020

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4.5
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  • "Saudi Arabian culture (outside of KAUST) is very different to western culture especially with regard to women's rights - this can be hard to adapt to(in 19 reviews)

  • "There were no cons for this placement(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunity"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and live

    Cons

    Change in culture can be challenging for westerners

  2. "Great choice to improve yourself and widen your high-level connections"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Thuwal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Facilities. Good Mentors. Good Program. Good Environment.

    Cons

    Bad organizational structure. Some delays in receiving the stipends.


  3. "Great opportunities"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Thuwal
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    State of the art infrastructure + isolated environment to concentrate on research

    Cons

    Isolated so less chance to interact with the outside world.

  4. "Good place to focus on research."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Thuwal

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

    Pros

    Facilities, isolation, budget for research.

    Cons

    Some negligent administrative staff. Some subpar classes.

  5. "Fantastic facilities, plenty of funding opportunities"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
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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

    Plenty of money to go around for funding research State-of-the-art facilities Strong community

    Cons

    Isolation from home country Severely limited options for recreation

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  6. "Great place for scientific research"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - PhD Student 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

    Great place to do scientific studies and research. Great campus and state of the art infrastructure. You can focus 100% on your work. Global community

    Cons

    Far from big cities, but Jeddah is 1 hour trip away.

  7. "review"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Mecca
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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

    A great place to work and live. you have everything you need

    Cons

    a bubble. it is tough to stay in there for a long period of time

  8. "Project Coordinator with more than 9 years of experience"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Mecca
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Better Opportunity . . . .

    Cons

    Staff review is poor. . .

  9. "PhD student salary at KAUST (Saudi Arabia)"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Thuwal

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

    Pros

    In addition to a monthly stipend, scholarship includes (shared) housing and medical insurance.

    Cons

    Living in a small, gated community can be difficult at times.

  10. "High quality research and standard of living"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher in Mecca
    Recommends

    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!

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