National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated Mar 17, 2014
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3.8 237 reviews

95% Approve of the CEO

National University of Singapore President TAN Chorh Chuan

TAN Chorh Chuan

(84 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is definitely a lot better than most companies and organisations out there(in 20 reviews)

  • nice working environment with strong support from school(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No Bonus, No AWS, Only Basic Salary given(in 7 reviews)

  • At the mercy of PI; no avenue of recourse for greivances if PI decides to work you like a slave, no work-life balance(in 4 reviews)

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    Bad place to work

    Student (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsNone. The job as a whole is terrible. Pay you peanuts.

    ConsLong hours and lack of rewards for hard work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe kinder to employees

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

     

    Worked in research

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros*Singapore is a fun place to be as an expat
    *Lots of interesting Biotech research going on

    I worked there for a summer as an intern in a research lab during my undergrad. It was useufl in that it gave me a work history to build on and some good recommendations. I definitely wouldn't recommend Singapore as a great place to pursue an academic or research career unless you are well along in your development (ie Phd or MD).

    Cons*Weather sucks
    *Work culture is horrendous in the research labs

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncentivize creativity and stop the infighting

     

    Good place for retirement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRelax, slow pace... pple are nice

    Consno aws, laid back and v slow pace

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove leadership skills of line managers

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    Very academic which can mean long time before decisions made

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance for admin staff

    ConsSome arrogant Faculty though not all are bad.

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    Much room to improve

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStandard employment benefits, salary paid on time.

    ConsQuality of management is poor, some directors lacking in integrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Admin staff: good if you like stability, bad if you're looking for career growth

    (Current Employee)

    Pros- good work/life balance, rarely need to do overtime work
    - stable government-linked institution, so your job is secure even if you are a slightly below average performer
    - friendly working environment in general

    Cons- a lot of red tape leading to lots of frustration, especially since top level management seems to oblivious about sentiments on the ground
    - slow career progression, can be boring
    - rude professors can really bog you down

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess paperwork, please. Try to go paperless. Do more to value admin and support staff.

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    Could be required to work over time.

    Research Fellow (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsFoods are cheap, lots of canteens in the campus.

    ConsSome assistant professors may push you very hard. Because getting tenure in NUS, especially in computing, is very difficult for the faculties in recent years. Some research fellows and phd students are pushed to work 12 hours per day for at least 6 days a week.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease supervise those "demanding" assistant professors to ensure that they show sufficient respect to their research fellows and students. It is their own problems if they cannot get tenure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood salary - not great but good.

    ConsNo respect for employees, no transparency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhy - they won't listen!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    National University of Singapore

    Assistant Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsBrand name which is good for your resume. Great for using as a spring board to better things.

    ConsThis University does not value admin staff. The support staff are better paid with less responsibilities, while the bulk of the budget goes to research and academia. Salaries are way below benchmark.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe admin have a hoard of knowledge you never thought existed. And they are taking all these with them as they go. Your ancient heads of departments and de facto heads will not renew your knowledge base but seek to monopolise and implement old policies to your detriment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery flexible hours and high autonomy in deciding what to do. Interesting topic with a great deal of learning taking place.

    ConsLow pay with very limited value to resume unless you are gearing towards an advanced degree. Really, just work for the experience and interaction with the faculty (and the pay, of course).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing much. Didn't get to interact with the senior leadership at the university. Faculty wise, I think it depends on your luck... personality varies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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