Zayed University Employee Reviews about "nice colleagues"

Updated 6 Mar 2019

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63 Ratings
Pros
  • "Some nice colleagues and thats about it(in 9 reviews)

  • "ZU has good working environment and good facilities with opportunity for professional development(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Your experience and knowledge is not needed here, just kowtow to the deans and you will be fine(in 28 reviews)

  • "Pay and benefits have seriously eroded and have not kept up with the high cost of living in the UAE(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (26)

    "Assistant Professor"

    1.0
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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, have zero management training, frequently dismal research records, become malevolent if you ever disagree with them and have been selected solely on the basis of their unwavering loyalty to the Dean. 2. Candidates are advised they must dispense with any old fashioned notions that they are important and valued by management. Our HR practices revolve around Stalin’s dictum of ‘no man, no problem’ (yes that is the Russian dictator). In the interests of gender equality, this applies to women also. 3. Candidates must understand, and accept, from the outset that their respective Dean is Gods representative on earth and his/her divine will must be done at all times. It is irrelevant if your Dean lies constantly, promotes only their friends, lacks any genuine integrity, bullies staff, is despotic and couldn’t manage a pizza order properly not to mind manage people. 4. Candidates must be willing to ship their integrity, sense of fairness and all ethics back to their country of origin on taking up the position. ZU will however not pay for any associated shipping costs. 5. Candidates must have a strong stomach for nepotism, blatant favouritism and bullying and be willing to ignore instances of the above especially when they negatively affect hard working and excellent colleagues. Representatives from the University’s happiness committee will however try to make you feel better by giving you a happy face sticker. 6. Candidates must understand that ZU is primarily only about ‘presentation’. If the building is shiny and bright then the place must be amazing right? Employees must answer in the affirmative at all times to this question. 7. Candidates must understand that their three/four year contract is in fact meaningless. You will endure an annual faculty review assessing your performance by your incompetent line manager based on goalposts that shift like the sand outside your cell (office) window and whatever is flavour of the month. In addition, your Dean will over-ride this system in the interests of promoting their personal brand of nepotism. 8. Candidates must be world class researchers but also excel at teaching, advising, serving the community, being on multiple committees and being innovative. Sub-optimal performance in any of these categories will result in your immediate deportation as we believe these are things you can achieve over night by merely willing them into existence. After all, God created the universe in a mere six days. 9. Candidates must be aware that the greatest sin that can be committed is a perceived lack of collegiality. This can be avoided by always saying ‘yes’ no matter what, turning a blind eye to blatant abuses of power and position, never disagreeing with management and stroking our infantile egos on a constant basis. Please remember your employers have very thin skins. 10. Candidates must be aware that the University has zero real interest in staff development or staff retention. Irrespective of your abilities and accomplishments, management reserves the right to get rid of you for any reason we invent at any time (particularly if we suspect you don’t think we are amazing). 11. Candidates must continuously stress themselves with innovation. This is an important KPI dreamed up by an important person in senior management in the hope that someone will develop a better mouse-trap. 12. Candidates must understand that the majority of students have very poor English, have minimal interest in learning, and that attendance at University is a way of getting out of the house to hang out with their friends before they get married off. Our students like to regularly visit one of the several beauty parlours in the University so please ensure that assignments do not negatively impact on this important activity. Also note that the university bookshop closed down due to a lack of student interest in actual books. 13. Candidates must not over-tire students, and certainly never upset delicate student sensibilities. Never suggest that things in the country are anything other than perfect and please limit all assignment activities to an eight grade level and a workload of half a page maximum. Please provide students with a nap in class as required. 14. Finally, candidates are advised that all of the above criteria for a successful candidate are endorsed by senior management whose preferred management style is creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, and by promoting those that excel at these activities. Candidates who are desperate, washed up or have no-where else to go, and who meet the above criteria and accept our way of doing things are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates are also kindly asked to interpret the negative reviews on this website as ‘lurid fiction’ by the disgruntled and place their trust in the, albeit few, positive reviews (which have been written by members of our HR department with really poor English ability).

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    Zayed University2019-03-06
  2. Helpful (10)

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

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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 prior notice. Mediocre planning in some colleges.

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    Zayed University2019-02-09
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Asst Professor"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, wonderful research opportunities

    Cons

    Always contractual appt for 3 years.

    Zayed University2018-02-25
  4. Helpful (23)

    "Siege mentality"

    1.0
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    Assistant Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard to think of one....a few nice colleagues, some students are hard working but most want easy grades. Offices are nice and campus is clean.

    Cons

    Senior management.... plain and simple, they don't have a clue how to run a university and treat faculty with such disrespect it is hard to explain how bad it actually is. Decisions are made without any consideration of the effect they may have, those who toady up to Deans are rewarded and those who fight back are punished with with the most petty of means. Most Deans are interim because they can't attract anyone good enough to take the position full time so the place continues to sink to ever lower levels because the interim Deans are hopeless and not qualified to do the job, often appointing their friends without any respect for due process. Faculty who have been there for a while have developed a siege mentality, the place is depressing and the sad part is that it doesn't have to be that way..... five years ago ZU was awesome, now it is easy to see it will only get worse unless someone has the guts to fire ALL senior managers and start again.

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    Zayed University2017-07-03
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place"

    4.0
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    Recommends

    I worked at Zayed University for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, nice colleagues, flex work hours

    Cons

    A lot of ambiguity when it comes to making decisions

    Zayed University2016-10-16
  6. Helpful (29)

    "It's Not a University; It's a Trap and a Prison"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice colleagues as most embrace a siege mentality banding together to persevere against a vicious, prejudiced and discriminatory senior administration and federal bureaucracy.

    Cons

    You will be treated as disposable garbage as a faculty member (and that includes senior faculty such as full professors in the senior colleges). You will be discriminated against if you are not of Arab ancestry (and Gulf Arabs ascend the highest pedestal without reproach or accountability), receiving higher salaries and preferential treatment. Non-Arab Muslims treated just as poorly as non-Muslim expats so don't expect that to help. Senior administration and federal bureaucracy seek to Arabize the university through ethnic cleansing. Each year for the past three years, over 10% of the faculty quits, but administration is happy to see them go and makes zero effort to retain non-Arab faculty. Student enrollment is down. The budget is being slashed with cuts to health benefits, housing, technology, conference travel, etc. All faculty expected to be on campus four days per week with six hours of office hours, plus many more hours of service and senseless committees. Don't even think of getting any serious research done at ZU. Surveillance cameras everyone on campus creates an Orwellian atmosphere of fear. Age discrimination as faculty nearing 60 years old only receive one-year contracts as a matter of federal policy. Rampant cheating among the students as the administration turns a blind eye; ZU is a diploma mill for Emiratis. Onerous and expensive attestation and equivalency processes for expats, along with HIV and TB tests upon arrival on campus to insult you as untrustworthy and dirty. The President of the university (who is a shaikha) does not have a PhD or any experience in higher education so the institution is haphazardly and chaotically mismanaged with no innovation or vision.

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    Zayed University2016-08-01
  7. Helpful (21)

    "Accreditation is not an product, but a process"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University

    Pros

    A paycheck, good benefits, nice colleagues, a foot in the door and a wake up call for how the UAE plays its game.

    Cons

    Once their accreditation came through, everything went downhill. One would think that an educational institution would realize that there is a need for continual reassessment and improvement.

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    Zayed University2016-04-16
  8. Helpful (25)

    "Speechless self-entitled management"

    1.0
     

    I have been working at Zayed University

    Pros

    Overall benefits are fine. Nice colleagues and facilities. Some students are fun to teach.

    Cons

    A university with incompetent upper management knowing nothing but sending numerous decrees and setting up countless useless committees that don't function as they are designed along with some horrible middle-level management, such as UC and Faculty Affairs Committee that doesn't represent faculty. No wonder people have to think really hard to understand what amazing tricks it used to get its international accreditation.

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    Zayed University2015-01-04
  9. Helpful (15)

    "Abuse of Faculty"

    1.0
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    Current Contractor - Associate Professors in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice students. Good facilities. Nice Colleagues

    Cons

    I attended a meeting today where two colleagues were simultaneously looking for jobs online. That is the environment at ZU. Absolutely everyone in our dept is looking for another job--actively. Faculty complain of random attendance checks in their offices and classes, abusive and dishonest management that harass faculty about office hours, attendance lists, and other inane forms. Do not try and do research here--it is impossible to get any research money. Even though Michael Allen says there is 'a pot of gold.' He needs a new line. Tired of him saying, " I know your C.Vs...I hired you." Get lost. What a corporate waste product.

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    Zayed University2013-11-05

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