National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Post-Docs and Research Fellowships - A good opportunity but know the downsides

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    NUS has some excellent opportunities for post-doctoral and advanced fellowships in the social sciences and the humanities. These fellowships are offered by colleges, departments and special institutes and are great opportunities for junior scholars to complete research programs in the region. The caliber of intellectual engagement at NUS is very high, and the university is committed to becoming the premier university in SEA. Fellows will generally find a collegial atmosphere that is supportive of innovative research. Research money is available and most fellows are permitted (and expected) to travel for fieldwork for part of their fellowship. Life in Singapore is pleasant and safe and it is easy to access the rest of the region, East Asia, and Australia from the island.

    Cons

    The cost of living in Singapore is exorbitant and NUS generally does not provide faculty housing or substantive housing allowance for junior fellows and postdoctoral researchers, instead prioritizing more senior and 'big name' researchers and providing them with housing. The average cost of renting a public housing block apartment in Singapore now stands at between 50-70% of a post-doctoral fellow's monthly salary (including the paltry housing allowance provided for foreign fellows). Single fellows can compensate by sharing housing with other fellows or renting a room, but married fellows or those with children are increasingly finding it difficult to make ends meet. Fellows doing research on Singaporean life (particularly politics) need to be aware of some potential for restrictions on intellectual freedom. Singapore is a pleasant place to live with many amenities for families. It is, however, somewhat sterile and the cost of amenities (particularly alcohol - which is subject to a 100%+ luxury tax) can be steep. Families with children will need to consider schooling options - public school is an option although it may not be appropriate for all children and work permit holders have lowest priority in the school system. Many excellent international schools are located in Singapore, however these tend to be quite expensive and NUS does not provide a tuition subsidy.

    Advice to Management

    Provide on-campus housing to post-doctoral and junior fellows. The cost of living is so high - particularly rent - that NUS will lose top candidates unless it starts extending more housing assistance to those who need it the most.


  2. Industry Liaison Office

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The position allows for working with different research centres within the university and is rewarding because of the role it plays in technology commercialisation.

    Cons

    Most of the technology under research and development is still at the early-stage and not all might lead to a commercial success story. Other than that, the University itself is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps more networking events to showcase early-stage technology and research capabilities at the University to better inform industry.


  3. RA

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Has many areas to choose from and lot of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    No increment or bonus concept

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great colleagues, shaky processes. Job rotation could be better (Admin).

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    Current Employee - Management Assistant Officer
    Current Employee - Management Assistant Officer

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with my colleagues makes life easier when a team spirited approach is taken. Faculty brings up the value of the organisation.

    Cons

    Admin processes still need more work. Recognition of personal efforts to improve oneself (i.e. further studies) should be acknowledged and worked upon.

    Advice to Management

    Tighten audits on senior management staff in departments. Focus on leadership training for potential and motivated staff before they develop the intention to leave.


  6. Neutral

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    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pro family workforce More work life balance Low cost of living (Cheap and good food, Cheap gym membership fee)

    Cons

    Slow promotion and job advancement Less motivated workforce No learning and development


  7. research fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible working time, 28 annual leaves

    Cons

    the organization is flat and flexible.


  8. Good work-life balance

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

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    28 days of annual leave

    Cons

    No performance bonus, no 13th month, but there could be a $1000-2000 "allowance bonus" given at the end of the year

    Advice to Management

    Kindly consider creating job security and career progression for research fellows


  9. Research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Study is good well known

    Cons

    Homework a lot in one week


  10. Helpful (1)

    Suitable for those who wishes to work till retirement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Stable & pleasant working environment.

    Cons

    Can be quite stagnant in growth.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good for a retirement job

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location with lots of cheap food options nearby. Physical working environment is really pleasant for most departments; as NUS is a huge place, it really depends on where the department you would be working for is situated.

    Cons

    Just as in other organisations, it all depends on your department's head (the DIrector, Deputy Director). Get a bad one, you're done for. The pay for executives and above is dismal as they don't even give 13th month. Bonus, even for good performers is not more than 3 months. It just doesn't add up...

    Advice to Management

    To the top management (i.e. President/Provost), you really have to watch the Directors... an inept one causes such grief and suffering for the department.



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