National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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Pros
  • Working times are such that it gives you a great work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • The working environment is very relaxed (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • No career progression and limited career growth (in 8 reviews)

  • Also, there is no usually no bonus given (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Mistreats PMEs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good wellness program, they have a whole hospital! Will not collapse. Too big to fail.

    Cons

    Ignores anyone who is not in research or academic. PMEs will do well to avoid this employer. They don't promote internally and loves to hire externally for higher positions. Bad increment way below market rate. Bonus, what bonus? Bad politics among PMEs due to extreme low resource for salary packages (increments and bonus). It becomes the last man standing show for that small chicken pie at the end of the road after starving you for a year. Constantly asks you to do more but refuses to promise what they will give in return for extra performance. HR will not respond directly to questions. Gives vague replies. Redirects back to your management who referred you to HR "policies" and "budgeting" to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Why? They don't listen anyway!


  2. Helpful (2)

    Crippling environment mismanaged by academics.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible benefits. Varied food choices for lunch.

    Cons

    The university has a history of springing academics into management positions for which they are thoroughly unequipped. For example, my department's main role was to partner foreign universities in exchange arrangements and encourage students to sign up for exchange programmes. However, we were first led by a professor of dentistry, who was then succeeded by a professor of linguistics. Until today, I'm still not sure how having good teeth or a frighteningly extensive vocabulary helped our work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing academics into positions for which they are not qualified.


  3. NUS clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Clerk in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Intern - Clerk in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and very nice serene place

    Cons

    good for your own personal development

    Advice to Management

    good in welfare for employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Overworked and underpaid staff. How to create good education if staff are not even taken care of!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cheap (er) food, good leave for executives (21 days for fresh grad) Fun culture.

    Cons

    lower pay compared to market slow to recognise high potential staff bureaucracy, many layers to the top Do not take staff suggestions seriously (company bullying individuals) Overworked around the year, and requests to reduce workload are ignored, affecting staff morale

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate staff more, give Off in lieu days and compensate staff fairly when expecting them to work on weekends for stay in programs. Don't pressure staff to do more and more projects with the same amount of manpower, and ignore them when they flag out unsustainability of work pace. It creates dissatisfaction and reduces staff loyalty over the long term Also, being regularly overworked reduces creativity and the ability to improve on existing programs Especially when NUS is a Institute of Higher Learning (IHL), how can staff be expected to education students on life skills, when they themselves are so pressured that they can't take care of their own lives. For student care professionals, the work nature is full of sudden 'fires'. If the staff are stretched to 100% capacity normally, there will be no capacity to handle sudden issues which are the nature of Student Affairs professionals, and this creates a permanent year round overload. Over time, people will burn out and leave, and expertise can never be built up within the organization Treat your staff well, and your customers will naturally be treated well too!!


  6. Helpful (1)

    poor culture and environment to work and learn in

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there is no pros in my opinion

    Cons

    Poor leadership skills from the management, result-orientated, only cares about the end product. Management is demanding (depends which school), employees having poor work-life balance. If the management doesn't like you and / or is unable to control you, they will find ways to make you leave.

    Advice to Management

    No employees will work happy or stay long with low morale. More encouragement, less judgmental and believe less in rumours will ease the tension within the team. Be more professional. Should go more courses to increase professionalism on how to manage a team


  7. Helpful (1)

    Workplace politics, slow pace of life, few opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Non-academic Staff in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Non-academic Staff in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Venue, Low expectations

    Cons

    Politics, Low salary, Lack of prospects, Management doesn't see on-the-ground-issues


  8. Complete Rip off!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Just a name which promotes itself well.

    Cons

    Shifting to new residences on campus required and paycut of more than 25%. Take it or leave it attitude and zero accomodation and flexibility regarding academic staff's needs. Preference for locals over expats. Low salaries in comparison, no inflation compensation over years. Very intransparent and unfriendly HR officers, which can hardly be accessed. A lot of frustration and not keeping promises regarding tenure, promotions, salary. According to senior management, staff is meant to leave any ways after some years. Dictate housing and living conditions. Very, very frustrating employer!!!


  9. micromanaging galore of an institution

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice staff, very helpful employees

    Cons

    too much micromanaging, inconsistent senior management


  10. Helpful (2)

    Awful Experience Working at NUS.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Availability of high tech instruments Good country location for those who like to travel around Asia and Australia

    Cons

    Rigid culture in the work place and Singapore Access to high tech instrument are limited to "who your manager is" For those who work in R&D, expect severe delay (2 weeks) on chemical procurement as all chemicals must be imported from US or Europe. Expect a majority of people would not share information for the purpose of common goal Low work ethics and interpersonal values at management level. I have seen employees getting their termination notice BY E-MAIL ! or without prior review performance/discussion.

    Advice to Management

    Consider balancing work ethics and the "law and economics" value.



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