Nanyang Technological University

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Nanyang Technological University Reviews

Updated April 28, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014
146 Reviews

3.6
146 Reviews
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Nanyang Technological University President Prof Bertil Andersson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working hours, nice computers, nice food (in 18 reviews)

  • work life balance is good, resource is tremendous but inefficiently utilized (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • It's not for an ambitious professional, there is little career development (in 4 reviews)

  • Low salary, less exposure, less learning opportunity (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Started off well, ended badly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Decent work life balance
    Encouraging co-workers

    Cons

    Relatively 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 ManagementAdvice

    Directors 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    low cost accomodation, low ot, flexible working time

    Cons

    inflexible in general, slow at responding to situations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n.a.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing due to lack of good leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    NOT a world class University

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No career advancement, very very slow HR process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Officer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Project Officer in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do something about the HR department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Management of Nanyang Business School - The Nanyang MBA

    Former Employee - Executive  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Nothing positive to start with.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

  8.  

    Good and Bad of NTU

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    1) 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Obsessed with KPI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Faculty 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.

    Cons

    Every 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 ManagementAdvice

    Replace 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Weak leadership uses tremendous resources poorly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Weak 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Choose your supervisor carefully

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Good global ranking of the university.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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