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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Reviews

Updated Oct 11, 2019

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Pros
  • "Good salary, good family life, and also generous for spouse can work as PTSA(in 13 reviews)

  • "KAUST has great equipment resources for performing scientific research(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Rumors about many internal things at KAUST create a more negative atmosphere(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Challenges Can Offer Avenues to Career Satisfaction"

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

    Pros

    The lifestyle on campus is quiet and allows for a lot of time outside of work to read, focus on personal development, exercise, and travel. I was a single employee, but many of my colleagues seemed to have an ideal situation for raising children and growing young families. The work life presented its fair share of challenges, but if one had great ideas and new how to foster positive relationships with the right people, the ideas had opportunities to be supported and develop into real initiatives and solutions. The relatively small campus and network of departments allowed for many relationships to be forged to accomplish meaningful work. Some higher level administrators wish to support those who report to them and look for ways to help them professionally grow and develop competencies.

    Cons

    The opportunities for creative and innovative ways to do one's work were innumerable, but sometimes the problem came from others blocking good ideas from developing into practice. Some people in higher positions may not hold the vision and guts necessary to take a risk and try innovative new ideas out of fear that they won't get to keep their coveted positions if it doesn't go according to plan. This fear leads to lost opportunities to expand and grow the possibilities. Some higher level administrators abuse their powerful positions by promoting employees based on personal relationships, acting inappropriately, and wielding power to invoke fear in their subordinates, rather than encouraging their growth and development as professionals. The luck of the draw of the manager you work with can make or break your experience at KAUST.

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    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2017-04-11
  2. Helpful (9)

    "University with great aims which will never unfortunately be achieved"

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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    Pros

    Pleasant enough living conditions within a security sealed off area under saudi national guard control and outside of saudi local authority control. They will spend money to get people to attend the university and have an aim to become a top ten international university, nice weather and its by the sea. A place destined to get better, it seriously cant get any worse.

    Cons

    The place was built in record time - 2 years - therefore imagine building a large university and small American coastal town with all the incumbent facilities in two years with unskilled workers and sub standard materials and that is the quality of the site, however it looks great from a distance. The other unfortunate issue is the management and many Saudi employed, they want to work like the west, but really only want to have the kudos of being Saudi citizens which they will often throw out as if one should be impressed and in order to work how and when they wish, totally unmanageable and the power that goes with being citizens, but the risk and decision making given to westerners. To be honest who in the top of their field would move there to work, restricted ability to travel freely in and out the country for visiting colleagues and an ability to live outside of the expat bubble that is KAUST, also a university which is not even in the top 50. I mean would you want to put KAUST or MIT on your CV. F or the environmentalist it is a disgrace, it ignores and allows the total disregard of the Kyoto agreements to which Saudi Arabia has signed up to, also I found it very upsetting how the 3rd world workers were treated. One unbelievable case which was never addressed was the workers did not have any toilet rolls or soap to wash their hands and these were the same people managing all the facilities, it does not take a graduate to see the implications.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2017-03-13
  3. "Best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    The best place to prove your talent.

    Cons

    Nothing negative in the organization

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-10-12
  4. "An oasis in the desert"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Thuwal
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    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

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-10-10
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    Current Employee - Master Student 
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    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    high welfare, good accommodation, and good education quality

    Cons

    boring in life, bad food

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-09-19
  6. "Good Working Place"

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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

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-09-30
  7. "Postdoc review"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Thuwal
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    I have been working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    KAUST has great equipment resources for performing scientific research. Budget is never a problem here.

    Cons

    This place is super hot in the summer. Sometimes when you need to order simple equipment for your research it can take a long time to get here.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-09-21
  8. "Mechanical & HVAC SUPERVISOR"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical & HVAC SUPERVISOR in Mumbai
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I getting new knowledge of different equipments

    Cons

    Their nothing any down rating

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    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-09-22
  9. "Kaust is amazing!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Cultural diversity, helpful people, all the facilities available in campus.

    Cons

    it can get very hot during summer

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-09-04
  10. "Overall a good place to live if you have a family with you and you don't care about social activities."

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

    Pros

    They take care of everything. Salaries are very competitive, they are probably the highest in the region. International work and living environement. Calm campus and a very good place to live with families.

    Cons

    Less freedom, you have to share housing if you are single. Everything under control. A huge gap between people in the same community. Since they are from different places in the world, cultures are very different, and thus, there is less interactions with others. they don't think in the same way. Lack of social activities. Most people feel anxious some times.

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology2019-08-31
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