National University of Singapore
3.8 of 5 235 reviews
www.nus.edu.sg Singapore, Singapore 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 30, 2014
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3.8 235 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

National University of Singapore President TAN Chorh Chuan

TAN Chorh Chuan

(84 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsOpen environment for research. Free flow of ideas welcomed

    ConsNot much translational work going on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease consider translational research to improve industrial impact

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    working environment is OK. Food is cheaper in campus.

    Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsFood is cheaper in campus. Most labmembers are easygoing

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great colleagues, poor benefits

    Graduate Student (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    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 Senior Management- 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

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A flexible working environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Post-doc hell

    Research Fellow (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros- World class facilites and Principal Investigator
    - No office politics

    Cons- Contract work - no career trajectory for non-faculty scientists
    - At the mercy of PI; no avenue of recourse for greivances if PI decides to work you like a slave, no work-life balance

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    It has been an important period for my career development with minimal and competitive funding support.

    Associate Professor (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGood facility and high standard of KPI.

    ConsThere are many hidden agenda.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good funding, bad paperwork

    Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsResearch funding is generous, seems stable. Food on campus quite OK. Nice location in Singapore. University seems to be on upwards trajectory.
    Salary quite good on international scale, though not so good on Sg scale.

    ConsPace of expansion is fast, some poor hirings. Awful paperwork and admin burden, some research support staff flaky (although some are good). Singapore is a bit hot. Some profs think they are god.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the admin burden, let researchers research. Don't worry so much about publications etc., Singapore is trying to develop a research and innovation culture, not file a load of useless patents.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is political and out of the way from the rest of Singapore but I liked the people there.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat facilities, love the co-workers

    ConsBureaucracy, out of the way from Singapore,

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    Satisfactory experience working at NUS

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGet chance to learn more about research

    Conslimited work scope, less benefits and salary for staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould increase benefits for research staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosnot stressful, good for work/life balance

    Conscareer oppotunities, low salary and bonus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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