National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
253 Reviews
3.8
253 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working times are such that it gives you a great work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The working environment is good in general: modern facility, nice college (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, there is no usually no bonus given (in 8 reviews)

  • Not clear on career progression (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
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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 for 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
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    Similar to other Universities

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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 full-time for 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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    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 for 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
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    NUS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Open environment for research. Free flow of ideas welcomed

    Cons

    Not much translational work going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider translational research to improve industrial impact

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    working environment is OK. Food is cheaper in campus.

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Food is cheaper in campus. Most labmembers are easygoing

    Cons

    University is in the west part of Singapore, Not convenient for ppl living in east part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great colleagues, poor benefits

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

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

    Pros

    - My colleagues from my department and my institute are very friendly and helpful
    - Pleasant working environment - our office and labs are well-furnished, and the campus has lots of greenery

    Cons

    - Poor compensation and benefits
    - Research staff and students are completely at the mercy of the PIs, with no recourse for grievances (as mentioned by other reviewers)
    - Human Resources, Finance and the Registrar's Office are full of sadists who enjoy tormenting staff with administrative red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The university really needs a proper avenue for staff and students to report grievances, such as an ombudsman office - there are too many sad tales of exploitation and unjust treatment
    - Administrative red tape is overwhelming needs to be brought under control

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A flexible working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Time schedule is very flexible, and the job is very relaxed.

    Cons

    Low salary, there is no much challenge in the work .

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