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Updated Apr 21, 2019

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  • "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 (15)

    "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 up and fight, those left, well they are the dregs and probably couldn't get a job with the stain on ZU on their cv. Psychology, one of the most popular majors has been completely decimated by incompetent admins, the best faculty left or are now leaving and what is left leaves much to be desired. Faculty who take on admin roles are terrified that if they return to faculty they will be fired for lack of collegiality. You seriously need to leave your morals at the door when entering the doors of ZU.

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    Zayed University2019-04-21
  2. Helpful (25)

    "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, 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
  3. Helpful (13)

    "Could be a great place but needs integrity and a complete change of management"

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

    I worked at Zayed University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Colleagues were wonderful and most students as well - Benefits were fine overall but housing allowance needs to be adjusted to the market

    Cons

    I used to love working at ZU but things went downhill quickly with a change in leadership occurred. The administration is totally detached from faculty and what's happening on a daily basis in the class rooms and the colleges. Teaching load kept increasing as well as research expectations and admin obligations, leaving no room for serious scholarship (maybe a way to keep people there since it becomes more and more difficult to get employed somewhere else after working here). The administration has created an environment of fear, threat and anxiety which leads to a quick turnover in faculty, but no one seems to notice or care. People with zero admin experience are placed in positions (e.g. Associate Dean and Dean) where they are literally ruining entire colleges making people resign coz they cannot take the extremely unprofessional, unprecedented and unacceptable behavior anymore. The management doesn't do anything to support faculty, so it feels more like a trench war between faculty and management. It cannot be that management actually lies to its faculty (even the occasional pay rise does not make this morally right). Faculty should be treated like serious scholars and be trusted as any adult should be trusted. At times it felt, as if we were controlled/punished like students. The idea of punishment is what management appears to be advocating which is ludicrous in a university; a university that could be really great!

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    Zayed University2018-09-18
  4. Helpful (9)

    "No faculty governance"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The vast majority of my students are great! Most are committed to working to make the UAE the best country in the world. When properly engaged, they are inquisitive and focused. Great faculty around the university. The cohort model used during orientation for new faculty creates bonds amongst faculty in different departments that are lasting. Great country! The UAE is probably the best country in the world, albeit not without problems. Minimal taxes and housing allowances create competitive salaries and quality lifestyles. Fair online library with easy access to full text journals and e-books. Great modern environment and smart classrooms.

    Cons

    Currently (2017) no longer any faculty input into decision making. All decisions, including curricular, are made by the deans and one elected faculty member from each campus. No job security. Any contract can be, and they often are, cancelled with 6 months notice, no reason needed. If you are not Emirati, you will have to leave some day (but you know that coming in) Heavy teaching loads (4-4) with minimal release time for research or administrative duties. Research expectations inconsistent with high teaching loads A lot of last minute 'hurry up and do this'. This is often coupled with... A lot of time invested in projects requested by admin who then just seem to lose interest or move into a different direction so the work is no longer needed. All sections of a course must use identical syllabi, textbooks, content and assessments. Most faculty underestimate our students' abilities and I often hear talk about 'dumbing things down' for the students, which is offensive Tensions between Abu Dhabi faculty and Dubai faculty.

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    Zayed University2017-12-16
  5. Helpful (23)

    "Siege mentality"

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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
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Charms and challenges"

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    Instructor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University

    Pros

    Good working conditions in terms of teaching and work spaces. Wonderful colleagues Predominantly pleasant students, even if they tend to lack motivation Comprehensive benefits - housing, medical, bonus at end of contract Many inspiring Deans, Assistant Deans, Acting Deans and admin staff

    Cons

    Unstable & self-serving leadership after a long period of excellent and supportive leadership, however there's cause for optimism with the new provost Fewer and reduced benefits - housing allowances rather than provided housing Increased teaching hours on top of research & service obligations Lack of integrity in some key management positions which has eliminated faculty support and enabled the continuation of institutional bullying - primarily in University College

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    Zayed University2016-07-01
  7. Helpful (33)

    "Dysfunction at it's finest"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zayed University full-time

    Pros

    Not. One. Thing. Hopefully prospective applicants will stop at glassdoor first and avoid this farce of a university at all costs.

    Cons

    The university has completely collapsed in the past few years. Claims that the university’s problems are due to staff shortages from unprecedented growth and faculty discontent stems from expats not understanding the culture are simply lies. Do your research - the previous president went on a rampage and was fired, or rather silently moved to another plush government job. In the aftermath, incompetent administrators continue to literally rip everything apart in an attempt to placate higher powers who obviously don’t know what they want. Administrators, deans, chairs, and managers are mostly unqualified puppets barking orders and have absolutely no understanding how to manage people, let alone run a university. They are now hiring anyone with a pulse so don’t expect anything to get better. The quality of the undergraduates is atrocious; indifferent and ill-prepared students who blatantly cheat and plagiarize. The courses I taught were continually “dumbed down” so everyone could pass. These programs cannot even be compared to real accredited degrees. In fact, they don’t even measure up to high school diplomas. I’m amazed that they’ve been able to hang on to accreditation, but according to all the rumors, seriously doubt they have done so legitimately. Pay and benefits have seriously eroded and have not kept up with the high cost of living in the UAE. Forget savings, especially if you have children, as school fees subsidies no longer cover costs. The tyrannical push for faculty to publish research to improve rankings is comical, especially given that NO support is offered. I was personally embarrassed to affiliate myself with this “university”. Colleagues tended to fly under the radar and managed to do the minimal amount possible out of fear or indifference. Morale is low and the environment is toxic. The human resource department is extremely dysfunctional probably because, like most departments, they can’t keep competent people from leaving.

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    Zayed University2016-02-11
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good and bad"

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    Former Contractor - Assistant Professor in Dubai

    I worked at Zayed University for more than a year

    Pros

    Some students were great and were a joy to each. Saddened that the work I put in was not carried forward to help those with genuine abilities progress - they were basically asked to do something else that they were not well suited to or supported in.

    Cons

    No-one cares about anyone except themselves. Management don't understand international qualifications - therefore it's a battle to get a decent salary, and you probably won't. Courses dumbed down and plagiarism is rife. Spent more time finding where students took it from than supporting those who genuinely worked hard. Deans and Chairs are unqualified and lack experience. They don't do anything other than support themselves - withholding information from faculty that helps them boost their own careers and screws yours.

    Zayed University2016-02-25
  9. Helpful (24)

    "Sad demise of a once promising University."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zayed University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Professional and collegiate faculty who do a great job in difficult circumstances. Friendly students who are polite and well behaved. Wonderful country to live in, accepting and tolerant of all regardless of race, creed, or colour.

    Cons

    A few years ago this was a great place with a viable mission. Now the university is run by megalomaniacs for the benefit of the management and administrators, not the education of the students. The administration is unaware, or doesn't care, that Z.U. is a "university" whose purpose is to retain good faculty for the benefit of the students, and the future prosperity of the nation. Money is being taken away from where it needs to be spent - classes sizes are far too large, especially considering this is a second language university. Course release is only given after publication, so those striving to publish have to do so with a full-teaching load. Something has to give so faculty, in order to keep their jobs, put more effort into publication than teaching. Senior management have zero interest in the well being of the faculty. Deans live in fear of reprisals from the top if they do not tow the line, which means it is almost impossible for them to act for the benefit of their departments.

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    Zayed University2015-10-15
  10. Helpful (18)

    "University college summer courses depend on connections"

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    Assistant Professor in Dubai

    I have been working at Zayed University

    Pros

    Very friendly and polite students, collegiate faculty and lovely weather

    Cons

    The person responsible for distributing summer courses (which pay well) does so depending on who she personally likes, rather than (as pretended in ZU policy) who applies first. Some of her favorite faculty got up to two courses while others who she was not in good terms with got nothing. I strongly believe that the misery of University College is having unfit Deans who are destroying the good reputation of ZU nationally and internationally.

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    Zayed University2015-08-21
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