National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
273 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    A Leading Global University Centred in Asia, Influencing the Future

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    Current Employee - Research in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Asian friendly university with many international staffs and students.

    Cons

    English speaking environment should be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider PhD programs, restrict take-in process, reduce time for PhD study (like 3 years in EU) and pay higher scholarship.

  2.  

    Average

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleague and nice working environment

    Cons

    No career progression and limited career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more incentives to attract more people.

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    Good Work/Life Balance, Median Salary Range, Very Poor Management of Admin/Exec Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Most of the faculty and students are great to work with. Very good work/life balance and quite a pro-family place.

    Cons

    The office politics can be out of hand. Some departments are very poorly managed. Very high turnover rate. Management of admin and executive staff needs a lot of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Big overhaul of the way admin/exec staff are managed and treated is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Postdoc in NUS

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Didn't see any pros. I mean, it's a well known university, but there are many well known ones, and NUS doesn't stand out too much from them in terms of working comfort or anything that adds value to the working life.

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratized. For a research university one has to fill up endless forms and attend endless trainings, when am I supposed to do the actual research?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the paperwork, let the secretaries and the purchasing department deal with it. Trust more to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Part time for a couple of months

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    Former Employee - Casual Staff in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Casual Staff in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible timing, bosses are approachable.

    Cons

    the turnover rate is ridiculously high which could lead to low morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student's review

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    Current Employee - Student in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Student in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facilities are world class, at least in most of the labs, classrooms, lecture halls etc., compared to a public university in the US where I spent 6 months.

    Cons

    This is definitely NOT a place where they encourage you set your path in academia, nor do they provide much help or encouragement if you wish to. Some faculty members are of the lowest quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Similar to other Universities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are similar to working at any university, access to a gym, pool, tennis courts, and libraries.

    Cons

    I am not originally from Singapore, but the health insurance policy was very poor. I have not been able to fully understand what is and is not covered. Preexisting conditions are not covered unless you have been an employee for more than 1 year. The system for filing an insurance claim in not very clear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    A great learning opportunity for new graduates, highly beneficial to mid-career and family-oriented employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    NUS is huge. Every faculty, central office is an individual organisation and culture on its own. Therefore you can't use your experience for the whole NUS. In general, NUS offers good training opportunity, nice HR benefits, systematic and clear career path if you plan to stay in long term.

    Cons

    For a faculty, the treatment for different categories of staff is widely varied. Most important is faculty staff, followed by admin staff, then research assistant staff. This usually affects the staff's morale.
    Salary increment is relatively modest, career advancement can be slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    NUS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is stable. Flexible working hours. Campus environment. Access to a well maintained library

    Cons

    Low salary. Lot of paper work. Bureaucratic in nature.. Comparatively lower growth opportunities. Policies differ from department to department

    Doesn't Recommend
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    A relaxed environment to work in as a Research Fellow

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

    I worked at National University of Singapore as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The working environment is very relaxed. You can reach your lab at any time and leave at any time. Reporting officer is also quite lax on the topic of research as long as you publish papers for him

    Cons

    One of the downside is that it is only on a contract basis. You need to continually apply for funding to support yourself. Also, there is no usually no bonus given. Hence, the total package for a research fellow is relatively low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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