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Zayed University Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2019

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2.0
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27%
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Lubna Al Qasimi
62 Ratings
Pros
  • "Some nice colleagues and thats about it(in 10 reviews)

  • "Dedicated and great colleagues, good professional development opportunities, students are sweet(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Chairs are powerless and associate deans just suck up - it is pathetic to watch(in 31 reviews)

  • "Pay and benefits have seriously eroded and have not kept up with the high cost of living in the UAE(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Nepotism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    Many pros earlier. Not any more. Things have just gone downhill after change of management few years ago.

    Cons

    I worked there for 9 plus years. Earlier with the old management ZU was a fun place to be. The bosses has empathy and everyone used to happy. However with the top management recruiting less experienced leaders and wide spread nepotism, the experience was an environment of fear, threats and intimidation. Nepotism is wide spread especially at senior levels. I hear Work enviorment is stressful and depressing with many old...

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    Advice to Management

    Empathy, fairness, dont cheat employees of their rightful end of service entitlements!!!!!

    Zayed University2018-09-01
  2. Helpful (6)

    "avoid at all costs"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Dubai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some nice students, nice buildings....

    Cons

    Too many to mention here, have a look at previous reviews and it says it all. Hopeless management, completely authoritarian with no questions asked - please avoid if you have any sense of self-worth or an opinion on how things should be done. Your experience and knowledge is not needed here, just kowtow to the deans and you will be fine. Most good people have either left or got fired because they had the guts to stand...

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    Advice to Management

    I know they read this whenever there is a new review so HI! Advice: stop spending your time and energy removing bad reviews and just make ZU a better place to work... it was once a place to be proud, now it is, as one review called it Woe & Misery... if only people could give it 0 out of 5 instead of the baseline 1 perhaps the management would finally realise that people are not happy - the Emirati staff are not happy...

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    Zayed University2019-04-21
  3. Helpful (13)

    "I am surprised this place is still open."

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Dubai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people, although from what I have heard, very few good ones are left.

    Cons

    Nepotism, favoritism, reduction in benefits, increased cost of living in the UAE, culture of bullying by management, incompetent people in high places collecting a paycheck and taking care of their friends, I could go on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to leaders of the country: If you want your citizens educated at ZU, hire professional administrators and academics. Quit reducing salaries and benefits, in the end you get what you pay for.

    Zayed University2019-03-18
  4. Helpful (16)

    "Assistant Professor"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zayed University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is really very very little positive about this University. Some nice colleagues and thats about it.

    Cons

    Owing to terrible staff morale, deep unhappiness, and resulting high staff turn-over, ZU is continuously seeking staff to work in its mirage in the desert we like to call a University. The following criteria are deemed essential for upcoming revolving door positions. 1. Candidates must be docile, meek and highly deferential to incompetent line managers. These managers are generally less qualified than you,...

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    Advice to Management

    I am left with two conclusions about you. First, that you have no idea about what is happening in ZU or second that you know and really endorse much of the above. Therefore, you are either incompetent or worse

    Zayed University2019-03-06
  5. "An excellent employer"

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    Current Employee - English Instructor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits were great, and colleagues were professional

    Cons

    the department I worked for was slated for closure, which made a very uncertain working environment

    Zayed University2019-01-29
  6. Helpful (15)

    "Many Problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    Facilities, offices, colleagues, mostly tax free for ex-pats, (except a new 5% VAT was added in 2018 making everything more expensive).

    Cons

    ZU disempowers people; it takes every opportunity to wrangle money out of employees even when there have been no substantial raises for 10 years (salary scale not adjusted for inflation for a decade). While paying less and less (because of cost of living increases), more and more is required of faculty in terms of research, advising, needless paperwork. Most faculty teach 4 classes per semester, with multiple preps.

    Zayed University2019-01-02
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Not a horrible place to work, but not inspiring either"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zayed University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Decent resources such as technology and professional development money. Nice students.

    Cons

    Zero academic standards. Zero support of faculty with regards to academic standards, rigor, or academic honesty. Chief Academic Officer wants to sweep all student complaints and problems under the rug i.e. faculty told to make students happy.

    Advice to Management

    Have policies that support the mission of the university and hold to them. Make academics, academic achievement, and rigor a priority. Make a degree from here worthy of its name.

    Zayed University2019-01-06
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Management is unfair. They do not care about employees. No transparency."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor 

    I worked at Zayed University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, research opportunities, nice students.

    Cons

    There was a change in management last year. Things are getting worst. Management does not provide any support. Work load is increased. Student number per section increased. Summer course is now double the time it used to be. No promotion. No recognition for efforts and hard work. Employees are avoiding any interaction with the management fearing to lose their job. Turnover is high. Sudden decisions were taken without...

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    Advice to Management

    be more transparent. better planning. Take in consideration employee feedback.

    Zayed University2019-02-09
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Time to be treated like children again"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Dubai
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some nice colleagues, nice campus, good laptops provided but that is about it - really awful place to come back to

    Cons

    You will be treated like a child while colleagues clammed to get their dean’s approval... you will literally have to sign in as a way of taking attendance.. then we have the dreadful PD week where you have sit and pretend that ZU is a proper university with sensible ways of doing things - and whilst you could be doing something productive you have to sit through endless and pointless talks by colleagues who have been...

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    Advice to Management

    Leave, let Someone who knows how to run the place take Over

    Zayed University2019-01-06
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Zayed University"

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      Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Dubai

      I have been working at Zayed University full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Good facilities and a modern campus

      Cons

      Increasing workload, more and more pressure on faculty for publications

      Zayed University2018-11-30
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