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Updated 5 Mar 2020

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  • "most international uni in China(in 14 reviews)

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

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  • " 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. Helpful (4)

    "Lecturer"

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    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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    XJTLU2016-01-19
  2. Helpful (3)

    "do yourself a favor and find something else"

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    Current Employee - Academic in Suzhou, Jiangsu
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    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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    XJTLU2020-03-05
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Rapidly deteriorating"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Suzhou, Jiangsu
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    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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    XJTLU2019-12-17
  4. "XJTLU is a unique international university in China"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Suzhou, Jiangsu
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at XJTLU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - best of both worlds: British quality assurance and Chinese business environment - international faculty

    Cons

    - high turnover - pollution in China

    XJTLU2019-10-01
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Be cautious of the monthly good reviews here."

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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Suzhou, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at XJTLU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Your pay is on time. They will refund air flights and costs of setting-up in China. Decent holiday time in summer (UK standard). Well stocked library, although local censorship restrains certain texts.

    Cons

    The good reviews here are fishy and seem to be incoming at a month a time. I have heard from colleagues still based in XJTLU that this is coming from marketing so please be sceptical of any one sentence reviews that are brief but five star and favourable. I cannot speak for every dept in XJTLU but the dept I worked for was in a mess, with high staff turnaround and little attempts to retain good lecturers. This was largely down to upper management and a Dean (with no PhD or research background, typical jobsworth from the post-1997 university system that favours administration ability over any sort of academic competence) who would tell us that they wanted to bring their friends into the depts from abroad. Jobs are often advertised at XJTLU but actually kept for internal candidates to be promoted or because your HOD's mate wants to come over and have a pay rise in Suzhou (which is cheap to live in). I absolutely cannot even begin to explain the incompetence of the HOD I served under, who had such idiotic ideas as a diary that had to be filled out daily, charting our movements from 9 to 5 (really, this was this person's first introduction into their new dept!), the introduction of 9am sharp meetings, threats to our jobs if we did not mingle and recognise the brilliance of new staff ('my friends', basically) and lots more. All of this took place under an upper management that was so corrupt they were recently exposed to have taken money from a company that is under investigation from the Chinese government for fraud. This company has now declared bankruptcy and their name is being hurriedly removed from all XJTLU brochures! Let's see how long before the newspapers in the UK pick up on this, although it is worth noting that Liverpool University knows that XJTLU is a mess and generally just washes its hands of it.

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    XJTLU2019-07-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Gresham's law"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at XJTLU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Suzhou is a great city SIP(Singapore Industrial park) is one of the best place to work and live in China Infrastructures are good

    Cons

    The management system is very poor Good professors are leaving Too much admin working load, no time for research In general, bad money drives out good

    XJTLU2018-08-08
  7. "THE place to work in China"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Suzhou, Jiangsu
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at XJTLU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent research facilities and opportunities. Teaching load is better than my previous positions. Approachable senior managers (academic) Students keen to learn. though some struggle with English. An easy and safe introduction to China. Its not so different. Early career promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Can take a Long time to get used to working in a different culture Arrogant Foreigners who dont understand they are not living in their home country. small administration teams.

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    XJTLU2017-12-11
  8. "PhD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at XJTLU full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, Good English and service

    Cons

    China, China, China ,and China

    XJTLU2017-10-09
  9. "Professor"

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    Former Employee - Professor in Suzhou, Jiangsu
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at XJTLU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In China and benefits/salary are above average for the country. Western organizational structure. Students are generally quite good.

    Cons

    Heavily bureaucratic workload. About 40% of faculty time spend dealing with British style bureaucratic rules and processes. Frustrating work environment.

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    XJTLU2017-09-01
  10. "Very good first few months"

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    Current Contractor - Associate Professor in Suzhou, Jiangsu
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at XJTLU for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have been here for 3 months and initial first impressions are excellent. The HR department is fantastic. They really help with the visa arrangements, finding somewhere to live and dealing with the Tax and immigration authorities in China. What is expected in terms of teaching and research is made clear and the workload is very reasonable. There is a lot of flexibility and the available resources are very good. My line manager has made a lot of effort to integrate me into the department and is very approachable. There is a good atmosphere within the department. Suzhou is a nice place to live. It is easy to get around and people are freindly.

    Cons

    For foreign staff the language barrier outside of work is a problem.

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    XJTLU2017-07-06
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