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    « Assistant Professor »

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    Employé actuel - Assistant Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
    Ne recommande pas
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus d'un an

    Avantages

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

    Inconvénients

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

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    Ancien employé - Assistant Professor 

    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à temps plein plus d'un an

    Avantages

    Nice colleagues, research opportunities, nice students.

    Inconvénients

    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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    Conseils à la direction

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

    Zayed University2019-02-09
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    « Zayed University »

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    Employé actuel - Assistant Professor à Dubaï

    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    Good facilities and a modern campus

    Inconvénients

    Increasing workload, more and more pressure on faculty for publications

    Zayed University2018-11-30
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    « Could be a great place but needs integrity and a complete change of management »

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    Ancien employé - Assistant Professor à Dubaï
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    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à temps plein plus de 8 ans

    Avantages

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

    Inconvénients

    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!

    Dérouler

    Conseils à la direction

    - Transparency, honesty and integrity are needed desperately - Respect your faculty (they are after all human beings!) and take them seriously - The environment of fear is not helping anyone, especially not in retaining good people (the turnover of faculty should raise eyebrows) - Decrease course load for faculty if you want high quality research output and a good, positive working environment - Hire people in... admin positions who are actually experienced, professional, honest and respectful

    Dérouler
    Zayed University2018-09-18
  5. « Best young university in the UAE »

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    Ancien intérimaire - Assistant Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
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    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    Great salaries but short vacations and housing can sometimes not be so good. Campus is situated a long way from town and no public transport.

    Inconvénients

    Class sizes are becoming much bigger and teaching load is increasing all the time. Pay is still good but no raises from year to year. Other staff very helpful and supportive.

    Conseils à la direction

    Keep up the good work. Try to believe more in the staff and assist when they have problems.

    Zayed University2018-07-10
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    « Do not trust positive "reviews" »

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    Assistant Professor 
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à depuis plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    salary, medical insurance, beach, some nice colleagues

    Inconvénients

    work, students, climate, inequality, lack of transparency. Do not trust the positive "reviews" - these are posted by HR, or someone hired by HR. Anyone who actually works there will tell you it is a horrible environment. HR is not helpful, and in this country HR is important. Everyone is looking for a job, or just waiting to make the money they wanted to make and move on. The financial incentives are also... disappearing as things are getting quite expensive, there is a 5% tax, when you arrive you have to find accommodation and will see that it is extremely expensive. So if it is not financially lucrative, then there is really no reason to be here. The university is more like a high school in terms of students and service responsibilities (lots of them - advising, internship supervision, committee work) and students expecting you to be in the office all the time, irrespective of your office hours. Treatment of management is mostly unfair and not transparent - seems that even administrators from the western countries "adjust" to the ZU organizational culture. An unhappy place.

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    Conseils à la direction

    Please do not post fake reviews here, it is dishonest and against any moral values.

    Zayed University2018-06-22
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    « Siege mentality »

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    Assistant Professor à Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à depuis plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    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.

    Inconvénients

    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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    Conseils à la direction

    Just go, you are out of your depth and don't cut the mustard.

    Zayed University2017-07-03
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    « Could be worse »

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    Ancien employé - Assistant Professor à Dubaï
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    Point de vue neutre

    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à temps plein plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    Easy job, decent benefits for the disciplined

    Inconvénients

    No value placed on excellence, mediocre standards, occasionally very bad management.

    Zayed University2017-04-10
  9. « Very Good University Though It IS Still New »

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    Je travaille chez Zayed University à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    ZU has good working environment and good facilities with opportunity for professional development. The management keeps track of who is working hard for the institution and rewards for it sooner or later.

    Inconvénients

    The university does not provide transportation to faculties though it provides transportation to students. The housing and education cost is not fully covered. The management is top-down approach that keeps faculties to follow instructions but do not have opportunity to own many institutional plans and decisions.

    Conseils à la direction

    The management should change the top-down approach to make plans, policies, and decisions in relation courses, curriculum, and faculty related issues. There should be smooth flow of information from faculties to management and management to faculties. Critical comments and suggestions from faculties should not be taken negatively by the management unless it is against the institutional norm, value, and broader goal.

    Zayed University2016-09-11
  10. « A great environment to teach in »

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    J'ai travaillé chez Zayed University à temps plein plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    Very interesting cultural experience and feeling that one is making a difference. Competitive salary and benefits. Beautiful physical surroundings.

    Inconvénients

    Some students have a sense of entitlement which can be frustrating to deal with. However, there are really special "gems" among the students, and they are the ones who make all the difference.

    Conseils à la direction

    Limit service requirements for faculty. Do not censor faculty unnecessarily.

    Zayed University2016-08-27
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