Nanyang Technological University
3.5 of 5 135 reviews
www.ntu.edu.sg Singapore, Singapore 1000 to 5000 Employees

Nanyang Technological University Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2014
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3.5 135 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Nanyang Technological University President Prof Bertil Andersson

Prof Bertil Andersson

(55 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Started off well, ended badly

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsDecent work life balance
    Encouraging co-workers

    ConsRelatively inaccessible work place
    Inadequate equipment to do job competently
    Superiors biased against lifestyle
    Superiors behind time on knowledge and jargon to do with modern technology and software
    Pay bonuses awarded according to length of employment as opposed to performance
    Inconsistent deadlines and unrealistic KPIs

    Advice to Senior ManagementDirectors and Assistant directors need to be up to date on technology and software to allow a more conducive work environment as opposed to superiors demanding the impossible of their associates.

    Deadlines and KPIs need to be taken into account/ relative to the number of employees working in a single department.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    bad

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    Proslow cost accomodation, low ot, flexible working time

    Consinflexible in general, slow at responding to situations

    Advice to Senior Managementn.a.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointing due to lack of good leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNo need to do real work. Many staff are demotivated and do no real work and survive solely on their ability to write nice reports.

    ConsNot meritocratic. Academically mediocre staff are given administrative positions. Promotion processes which have been perceived as poorly thought out by staff members. Poor HR processes leading to promoting mediocrity and unnecessary work becoming more important than the core business of the university

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do not give administrative positions to academically weak staff as they perpetuate the promotion of work practices to enhance the standing of weak staff and stifle strong staff to maintain their admin position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    NOT a world class University

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNone that I can think of.

    ConsExtremely bureaucratic institution, always be careful, orelse you might step into a trap.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No career advancement, very very slow HR process

    Project Officer (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros- Good insurance
    - Decent benefits
    - Good work-life balance
    - Many leaves per year

    Cons- Low salary.
    - Very very low annual increment, sometimes single digit.
    - No career opportunities, at all.
    - Very hard to use the flexible benefit points. Either the ORIGINAL or certified copy of receipt is required. Yeah right, as if original receipt is not needed for warranty and EVERY shop provides certified copy of receipt.
    - Very very very very slow process needed if dealing with HR (you can expect around 2 month of "standard" process just to start working after you are recruited by professor).
    - Forget about asking anything from HR if your title does not end with "Professor", even then, many reasonable requests will end up ignored.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something about the HR department

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management of Nanyang Business School - The Nanyang MBA

    Executive (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsNothing positive to start with.

    ConsUnprofessional, bias, unreasonable, lack ethical moral, lack professional management skills, tend to take sides of their own people and especially people who share the same religious like them. Lack integrity, like to spin up story so as to make themselves look good on the basis of twisting the fact and making what is not correct into right, by rallying their supporters to support their wrong view and twisting of the truth. Do not have the background to do the job but still pretend they are the most qualified individual to do the role and besides, dealing every day, behaving like they are the boss of the company in their unreasonable and twisting belief, and that being their subordinate is like their slave.

    Twisting of facts and rallying their own people to support them on the fact that they are wrong but make it appear like as though they are right and the other party is wrong. Usually, get support by buying group or individual lunch.

    Utterly disgusting and toxin behaviours that is exactly how in history the rich treat the poor. It is a shame that such character still exists in today's era and affecting a public university's reputation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed the right talent to mangement and not a group of worms who keep bring their own people into the organisation, exploiting and riding on the system to bring all benefits to themselves only.

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    Good and Bad of NTU

    Assistant Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros1) Slow working pace environment
    2) Good place to work in if you are looking to give birth or retiring
    3) low food expenses

    Cons1) Most faculty are hard to work with
    2) Bad place to start your career, increment is low
    3) unfair performance grading system, boss has to be top figure to possibly get good Performance Bonus.
    4) High Difficulty in leaving NTU after work using public transport

    Advice to Senior Management1) Be transparent in the grading system to be fair for those working hard but who have bosses with low ranks/positions
    2) Annual increment should not be based on percentage. Should give lump sum for those with salaries < $5000
    3) Increase dental benefit. $50 per annual is simply not enough and pathetic.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Obsessed with KPI

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFaculty are forced to write hundreds of proposals over the years, which brings in the money, which helps research.
    Hands-off environment, you can do your own research.

    ConsEvery faculty member is dispensable. Too much like corporate world. No compassion. Nobody cares about the students anymore because student well-being is not part of the KPI

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the Management with a Singaporean who really cares about education, and not obsessed with KPI and personal gain. Someone with an established research, like NUS's ex president Shih Choon Fong. Foreign management will only bring in more foreigners to cash in on the prize money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Weak leadership uses tremendous resources poorly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsHighly competitive pay scales for expatriate faculty and tremendous support for research aligned with the Singapore governments agendas; also travel gateway to Asia and Australia.

    ConsWeak leadership fails to communicate effectively or openly; educational research constrained by conservative system unwilling to embrace innovations; no recognition or regard for mentorship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect, transparency, and open-mindedness are challenges that remain unaddressed by the institution's leadership. A powerful research infrastructure critically relies on these qualities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Choose your supervisor carefully

    PhD Candidate (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGood global ranking of the university.

    ConsLack of conference travel funding. Poor welfare for PhD students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou must cater more for the welfare and the professional growth of the postgraduate students. Do not treat them as slaves. There is no career development service for postgraduate students. There is also a lack of conference funding and an unhealthy emphasis on high SCI-impact factor publications.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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