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A*Star Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
92 Reviews
2.7
92 Reviews
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Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
A*Star Chairman Lim Chuan Poh
Lim Chuan Poh
11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, but only if one knows how to temporarily let go the massive work load (in 13 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, international culture exposure (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Career advancement opportunities are limited (in 6 reviews)

  • Contract-based, No career development, Inexperienced management team (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experience heavily depends on lab group.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at A*Star as an intern

    Pros

    Singapore is awesome
    Lots of smart people from different places

    Cons

    Must be very independent
    Was not given much direction by PI

  2.  

    Flexible time but no prospect for non-phD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible timing
    Good work-life balance
    Pay is decent

    Cons

    Absolutely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at A*Star

    Pros

    High tech facility and friendly staff

    Cons

    A lot of work that needs to be done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Career Progression for research Officers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Officer in Bukit Batok New Town (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Officer in Bukit Batok New Town (Singapore)

    I have been working at A*Star

    Pros

    Good Work life balance, Good Working Culture

    Cons

    Poor Career Progression Routine Work Sometimes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern (less than a year)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at A*Star as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, helpful colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opportunities and career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More promotion opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Executive Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A*Star

    Pros

    Work life balance. Good benefits. nice work environment

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and paperwork.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A*STAR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours
    - Perks (health care, bonus, dental treatment)

    Cons

    - Research salary is relatively low as compared to other type of works (e.g. software engineer)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Not available

  9.  

    Good place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work ethics, compensation and sufficient training is given when you start out. Right amount of benefits, pay above average and takes good care of their employees.

    Cons

    Personal growth is quite slow but if you work hard, you can make it up the ladder pretty quickly. Work life balance sometimes suffers as you may need to pull in weekend hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A*Star

    Pros

    good salary for fresh phd

    Cons

    the salary increases very slowly

  11.  

    The work is interesting althought the pay sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head
    Current Employee - Head

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work on new technology to serve the industry. Mission purposed.

    Cons

    Pay sucks and promotion is slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to current staff and have better career development plan to keep them engaged!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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