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Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 71 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

A*Star Chairman Lim Chuan Poh

Lim Chuan Poh

(5 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance is a plus point(in 8 reviews)

  • The working environment is good and there are abundant opportunities to learn something new(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Career advancement opportunities are limited(in 5 reviews)

  • Does not provide career progression for research officer(in 3 reviews)

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    NICE EXPERIENCE!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe supervisors are quite nice and professional

    ConsNeed to do a lot of self- study

    Advice to Senior ManagementN.a.

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

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    Flexible time but no prospect for non-phD

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery flexible timing
    Good work-life balance
    Pay is decent

    ConsAbsolutely no career path for non-PhD.
    PhDs gets all the glory and recognition, so no point trying hard to achieve anything while in there.
    No directions.
    Admin, HR and procurements are super inefficient.
    Organization that lost touch with the outside world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just look at the achievements of PhDs. Very often, it is the research officer and engineer that came up with great ideas but never trumpet about it, and the PhDs came along, wrote papers, and claims all the glory.

    Set directions please. Don't assume that the scientists can set any directions. Very often they are also lost.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Experience heavily depends on lab group.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSingapore is awesome
    Lots of smart people from different places

    ConsMust be very independent
    Was not given much direction by PI

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    Great place to do research

    Research Intern (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGood mentor and I received good advice on my future career.
    The facilities were top class.
    I learnt a lot of technical parts.

    ConsCould help personal growth by allowing employees to pursue other opportunities in their free time.
    Could also allow employees to do more entrepreneurial stuff.
    Could also make interns feel more at home in the company.

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

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    Student intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsSociable and friendly environment, good work-life balance.
    Opportunity to build network with scientists and engineers from all over the world.
    Decent remuneration compared to cost of living.

    ConsLack of communication between research groups.
    Working conditions (e.g. working hours, days off) vary a lot depending on group and supervisor.
    Probably too many short term internships.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage communications between different groups.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Industrial attachment

    Attachment Student In A-STAR (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGood Training, Opportunity to lead the team and continue assement

    ConsWorking with Experienced scientist

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

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    Terribly disappointing and mediocre

    Corporate Intern (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros- being able to telecommute (work from home) but this is only for full timers
    - generally a friendly environment to work in
    - great exposure to both the corporate and research side

    Cons- poor support from technical staff
    - adhoc pay crediting system for interns (no fixed date, ie. no idea when your pay will be in)
    - heavy workload
    - no remuneration for over time
    - certain corporate staff holding PhDs have a tendency to look down on those who don't

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is pointless to have HR promoting the company over and over again, asking interns to join the agency when they grad, when nothing is being done to improve processes/make the agency a better place to work in. Try to rid the narrow-mindedness present in your employees and encourage mutual respect between people of different positions. Also, give interns the due respect and remuneration (ie. improve your pay crediting system or rather, have a proper one in place)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Profit-oriented management (Shortsightedness in research direction)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Flexible work hour
    -Friendly and sociable colleagues (Not all though!)
    -Less imminent pressure (Long term pressure to deliver instead)

    Cons-No personal growth generally unless you are in the apple of the management's eyes
    -Research are directed towards profitable topics. If you are looking to do fundamental science, my advice is to look for places somewhere else
    -Some people shows elitism, they look up to you if you are under any scholarship, first class honors, etc
    -Efficiency in work can be really low sometimes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook far!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    best working environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInstitute for Infocomm Research located in one-north Circle Line, new building with great facilities. the working environment is very good. the working hour and work force is quite reasonable and comfortable for different style employee. people relationship is quite good if you are not going to management level. can learn a lot of new technology here. staff package is very good, 18 leaves, AWB and bonus

    Consthis company is good for researcher but no future for developer. all the evaluation is based on your degree not your ability. typical gov company style. if you're not looking for a job for your retirement life, you'd better go out when you're below 40

    Advice to Senior ManagementDO NOT evaluate staff by degree ONLY

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very happy environment

    Research Officer (Current Employee)

    ProsRecession proof. Good retirement place

    ConsToo free sometimes. No sense of profit or loss

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

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