XJTLU Reviews

Updated 5 Mar 2020

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2.8
43%
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Pros
  • "most international uni in China(in 14 reviews)

  • "Suzhou is a nice city, good working environment, beautiful campus(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • " china (in 7 reviews)

  • "About 40% of faculty time spend dealing with British style bureaucratic rules and processes(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "promising university"

    5.0
     

    I worked at XJTLU

    Pros

    great teachers and facilities, good academic atmosphere. Students have a lot opportunities to communicated with world class researchers in various areas.

    Cons

    Average administration, some supporting staff are not helping at all. Some students are not qualified to be in the university, as they are lazy and stupid.

  2. "Good place to work and gain experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at XJTLU full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets to bogged down in quality assurance

  3. Helpful (16)

    "I worked in an XJTLU classroom too"

    1.0
     

    I worked at XJTLU

    Pros

    Some excellent (if disenfranchised) colleagues The campus is new and up-to-date amenities.

    Cons

    I cannot say that XJTLU has bad students or that many of my colleagues at the university were not friendly and helpful. The sole problem with XJTLU is at Dean and management level. I was told 'off the record' not to apply for a position at the university which would have seen me climb the ladder of employment (despite the fact the role was given to someone with far less experience and qualifications than myself). When the upper management stooge who told me this was asked if this was true, it was outright denied. Very typical of the goons who run this university. This same upper management stooge was later the subject of a complaint made by myself and someone else - the complaint and investigation was done by his best friend and with the strings being pulled all the way through. This is XJTLU. It is not University of Liverpool (it basically hires the name) ala Nottingham Ningbo. It runs as a seperate institution which means it gets by with its own gangster style rules with no one to answer to. This means that many staff work under the bullying and harassment of upper management who in some cases are Communist Party sympathisers and have no sympathy for any complaints or due procedure that may arise. During my stay at XJTLU the staff turnover was overwhelming - no one would stay for long and the reasons given were common: upper management began to harass and bully them (for things as simple as a basic disagreement with a favoured member of staff or for incidents which were years old but suddenly and surprisingly reopened come contract negotiations), no pension, no schooling for children in the area, heavy admin loads with so many people leaving it means more modules needing covered too - and with short notice. Meanwhile new 'Deans' or HODs are favoured from abroad even if they have never been to China before or have any relevant experience. I would also wager that, in the humanities at least, most of your dept will not be doing research - and who can blame them? The incentives are just not there. You need to be insane and possibly a masochist to accept a job at XJTLU and the increasing numbers of bad reviews on Glassdoor should indicate to anyone curious of how bad things are getting - tuitition fees are increasing, students are flocking to the uni... it all adds up to more money for upper management and the Party thugs - your job, however, is to stand in line and remain quiet at all times. God help you should you ever even have a suggestion about student welfare or anything! I found a generally low moral amongst colleagues from both abroad and domestic at the university and many of them were keeping their eye on opportunities elsewhere while working at XJTLU. The revolving door of staff across the uni meant that not many people cared that much about how good a job they were doing or how things would pan out in the long run and it was quite sad as the students deserve more than that sort of attitude. It’s a hollow university that looks impressive on the outside with fancy new buildings and the possibility of getting dual Chinese/Uk degrees for the students. After some time and a closer look you can see that on the inside it is festering with deep rooted problems and shifty goings on.

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    "Good working place but bad management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at XJTLU full-time

    Pros

    Good working place with facilities

    Cons

    Senior management that do not have any experience in running a University and favouritism towards people who doesnot critise their(management) weaknesses.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Lecturer"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at XJTLU

    Pros

    Many of the students are wonderful and China.

    Cons

    Management is insane: mostly a load of white men with no experience in academia but who miraculously a year or two out of graduate school have lofty titles of Deans and Heads of Department and know nothing about working peacefully and respectfully with their peers. Many of my colleagues were lied to during the contract negotiations and even having things in writing means nothing because this university works tirelessly to intimidate its teaching staff and bully them into doing what they want regardless of competence, expertise, or pre-agreed discussion. The university has a lot of potential that is completely trashed at the level of management and their refusal to listen to the very people who form the cadre of teachers. This creates a culture of bureaucracy and distrust.

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  6. "////////"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant 

    I worked at XJTLU part-time

    Pros

    great and wonderful experience yeah

    Cons

    compensation or payment is lower than average

  7. Helpful (7)

    "do yourself a favor and find something else"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic in Suzhou, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at XJTLU full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    most international uni in China

    Cons

    ludicrous admin workload; rampant nepotism; increasing influence of CCP; ideology policing by staff and students; propaganda banners and surveillance cameras are now almost everywhere on campus, all academic visitors must be registered (with full personal/passport details) and approved weeks before visiting; loyalty within line management structure is key, competence and critical thinking are dangerous, insufficient child education support, declining health insurance benefits, increasingly strict attendance, travel and visa monitoring and sanctioning, university boards and committees are farcical and strictly top-down; a large and increasing part of academic staff (leadership included) academically inexperienced or incompetent, external research funding is mostly for Chinese only; teaching facilities are sub-standard and maintained poorly read positive reviews here read VERY carefully. ask yourself: do independently thinking academics write like that? if you get a job offer from XJTLU, do yourself a favor before you accept. check the academic background of the people who interviewed you and pay attention to CVs, publication lists and bios that don't look right.

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "Rapidly deteriorating"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Suzhou, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at XJTLU full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you can't find a job anywhere else, they will probably hire you. They pay you on time. Most of your co-workers are friendly Generally good work-life balance

    Cons

    The school has taken a decidedly anti-foreigner turn. Other than the foreign HR, who are very friendly, the rest of the admin staff will treat you like dirt. Most of the time they won't even reply to your e-mails or phone calls. There are a lot of new rules for foreign faculty, like you have to register with a university website any time you leave Suzhou. If you don't, they'll fire you. One guy got fired recently for attending an academic conference that the university paid for and approved. He didn't realize business travel also required he enter it in the system and they revoked his visa when he got back. They'll try to say this is government mandated, but none of the other people I know in Suzhou do this. There are Chinese communist party flyers in every hallway now, rules about mentioning China in the classroom, etc etc. They've also started prioritizing hiring CCP party members, who are often very aggressive and insulting towards foreigners. Zero benefits. No retirement, no support for your kid to go to school (and they aren't allowed to go to public schools), even the health insurance gets worse every year, which was the one good benefit. They promise to improve things, but it's empty words. Lots of nepotism and favoritism. The president just promoted his son to some senior position, with zero experience. They have full profs with 1-2 publications. If you want to go up, you need to make friends, and you probably need to be Chinese. Academic standards are plummeting. They opened up the south campus, and doubled enrollment. To do this, they dropped standards to almost nothing. Some students can't even speak English well enough ask when homework is due. Class attendance is ~25%, but you'll need to pass everyone.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Do not work in the English Language Centre"

    1.0
    Current Employee - Tutor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at XJTLU full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Impossible to fire an employee

    Cons

    Impossible to make a complaint and have it listened to.

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  10. "XJTLU"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at XJTLU part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The staff is very helpful

    Cons

    Some profesor take took long to give you the material before class starts to know what you are teaching.

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