National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
273 Reviews
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273 Reviews
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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 good in general: modern facility, nice college (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.  

    Good welfare with work-life balance but poor prospects, bureaucratic & myopic management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Great for research and academic appointments; excellent work-life balance and welfare

    Cons

    Poor prospects for appointments other than research & academic appointments; slow moving with huge bureaucracy and some turf mentality; some of the senior management aloof from the rank and file with poor people's management skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Student in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    None. The job as a whole is terrible. Pay you peanuts.

    Cons

    Long hours and lack of rewards for hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kinder to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked in research

    Former Employee - Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore as an intern (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize creativity and stop the infighting

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  5.  

    Good place for retirement

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Relax, slow pace... pple are nice

    Cons

    no aws, laid back and v slow pace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve leadership skills of line managers

  6.  

    Very academic which can mean long time before decisions made

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance for admin staff

    Cons

    Some arrogant Faculty though not all are bad.

  7.  

    Much room to improve

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Standard employment benefits, salary paid on time.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Less paperwork, please. Try to go paperless. Do more to value admin and support staff.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Could be required to work over time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Foods are cheap, lots of canteens in the campus.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Frustrating

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

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Good salary - not great but good.

    Cons

    No respect for employees, no transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why - they won't listen!

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    National University of Singapore

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

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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