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United Arab Emirates University Reviews

Updated 18 Jan 2020

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2.6
58%
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Pros
  • "Decent pay and benefits, usually decent working hours(in 7 reviews)

  • "Healthy Environment, Good Salary, working as a team(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Bullying goes on and no-one will do anything about it(in 3 reviews)

  • "Cost of living is increasing rapidly in the country and there has been no pay rise since 2007(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "General"

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    Current Employee - Tech Lead 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Muti-national environment Peaceful atmosphere Government Institution Governemental discounts across outlets in uae

    Cons

    More Arabs (not emiratis) who doesn't like asians

    United Arab Emirates University2020-01-19
  2. "Heavy teaching load"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Professor 
    Recommends

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good colleagues for the most part

    Cons

    No regular pay rises or policies for pay rises or reviews

    United Arab Emirates University2019-12-31
  3. "Great Benefits, Decent Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The challenges are numerous as it is a relatively young university and programs are being established. The benefits are numerous and research funding is decent

    Cons

    Lots of tasks happen in the last minute, lack of collaborative atmosphere for research

    United Arab Emirates University2019-12-09
  4. "bad place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    high teaching load and low salary

    Cons

    low salary, not good environment for research bad students level

    Advice to Management

    improve research environment

    United Arab Emirates University2019-12-22
  5. "it's where you go to sleep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of money for research; you are basically left to do your own thing

    Cons

    total indifference to whether you are happy or not, or whether you stay or go; the good people produce, do not get recognized, leave with little commotion as there's lot more where you came from, so whatever, while the bad never get removed, in fact, they get 'promoted up and out of the way'; little recognition for what you bring. management is run by the rotating chairs old boys club, just stay out of everything.

    Advice to Management

    nothing. they don't listen anyways.

    United Arab Emirates University2019-11-09
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Worse place in the world to work if you value your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Instructor in Bangkok

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Experience another culture and easy to travel to other countries. If used to be inexpensive to live here but not anymore.

    Cons

    Cons: 1-The work culture is the worst. If you are not Arab or speak Arabic, you are considered irrelevant and receive no support from management or HR. I have witnessed the excessive, oppressive, sexist, and racist treatment of the Expat faculty and staff. 2-Corrupt management with no managerial capacity, experience, or credentials! Leadership is none existent. Resulting in a toxic, harassing volatile workplace environment lacking opportunities to improve or grow because no one knows what they are doing. 3-High turnover! NO raises! If they feel they can use you to make themselves look good, they dump more work and responsibility on you without any compensation. 4-Contracts are renewable every two years but can be fired at any time without any reason. 5-Salaries have been frozen for years, and they prevent anyone from making money anywhere else. No raises! 6-Skype, Zoom, and other apps are even blocked on campus so you can't maintain an online teaching position at any other institutions. 7-A majority of the faculty especially the foundation dept. have lied about their credentials and experience meaning they have none outside working at UAEU. Faculty that have credentials paid someone to do the work for them and have no previous work experience other than UAEU. This causes a high turnover of qualified personnel with actual credentials and experience. 8-High teaching load due to high turnover and no new faculty since even the veteran faculty are leaving due to decreases in benefits and opportunities. They think because you are in their country they can turn anyone into an indentured servant. 9-Service institution, not a research or even teaching institution. About all of the Emirati faculty have no idea how to conduct original research or teach. A brief conversation proves they have no idea how to use proper APA format; even their emails reflect their inability to write in English or Arabic. 10-The entire country is set up only to benefit the Emirates. They experience no consequences for any of their actions and most have no previous experience in the workforce. Jobs are passed out based on tribal connections and personal favors. The country is really in a severe economic crisis that they are continuing to try to hide. Their war with Yemen and the drop in oil prices has had a destabilizing effect on the country. Even the K-12 school systems are in serious disarray.

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    Advice to Management

    Quit and allow actual experienced, credentialed personnel to clean up your mess.

    United Arab Emirates University2019-04-16
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, especially during Ramadan

    Cons

    Continuous Stress of Losing Job

    United Arab Emirates University2019-03-24
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good salary, but terrible work culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time

    Pros

    Salary is high, lots of access to research money., really nice students. So much potential to be a world class institution.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is the worst, you are a replaceable cog in the wheel no matter what. Highly political - backstabbing type of place. It is nearly impossible to get anyone in HR or other admin areas to do their job.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at why so many people are leaving.

    United Arab Emirates University2019-03-20
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Time to leave!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at United Arab Emirates University full-time

    Pros

    None now, none. It has been a time UAEU was a good employer. Now, everybody plans to leave. It's hell.

    Cons

    Salaries are frozen for more then ten years. Not even adjusted for inflation!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Leave: just leave!

    United Arab Emirates University2018-09-23
  10. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best work Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Manager, Academic Advising & Placement 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United Arab Emirates University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Healthy Environment, Good Salary, working as a team. Challenges, Good Culture

    Cons

    At first social life is limited, after that we enjoyed

    Advice to Management

    Thoughtful change leads to success

    United Arab Emirates University2018-05-30
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