National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
279 Reviews
3.8
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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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  1.  

    Academic atmosphere, laid back and conducive for research, but not great salaries.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow

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

    Pros

    Academic atmosphere, laid back and conducive for research

    Cons

    Does not provide great salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and promote talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    very relaxed environment and good culture

    Cons

    sometimes hard to learn new things

  3.  

    Rewarding, up to a point.

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    Current Employee - Editor in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Editor in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Cheap canteen food, work-life balance, scenic environment, generous annual leave (up to 21 days).

    Cons

    Mostly contract-based employment, limited to no medical benefits (for contract staff), lack of job security, bureaucratic red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider putting more staff on permanent full-time employment so they can receive more benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A Leading Global University Centred in Asia, Influencing the Future

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6.  

    Average

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Postdoc in NUS

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  9.  

    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 a 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Similar to other Universities

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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 a 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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