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A-Star Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Scientist

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

    I have been working at A-Star

    Pros

    Good environment with good colleague

    Cons

    too much paper work to do, lot of complaint

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a good place for career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Research Scientist and Engineer in West New York, NJ
    Current Contractor - Research Scientist and Engineer in West New York, NJ

    I have been working at A-Star as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    intensive R&D, easy to get grants

    Cons

    Not applicable to industry, paper driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Many exciting opportunities albeit layered with bureaucracy

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

    I have been working at A-Star full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wide exposure for portfolio building. Leadership can be more focused in streamlining vision and outlining clearly strategy to grow staff.

    Cons

    Remuneration could be better. Many layers of bureaucracy at various places impedes staff motivation to want to stay on much less develop passion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chances should also be given to non-scholars to advance in career and given more options to learn.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A-Star

    Pros

    Amazing place to work in

    Cons

    stressful culture sometimes. management can look into it

  6.  

    a lot of learning opportunities

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

    I have been working at A-Star as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive salary. very efficient admin staff. nice enviroment - near mrt, the university, a few stops away from the city. Like the international mix of people.

    Cons

    Although there's an international mix of people they are not mixing around with one another. Career progression for scientists doesnt seem to be that secure or well defined. Not very sure about the opportunities for scientists to join management.

    Approves of CEO
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    Alot of learning experience

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

    I worked at A-Star as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is in the workplace

    Cons

    Experimental failure sometimes is inevitable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Highly educated housekeeper

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

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

    Pros

    Well funded laboratories
    Cutting-edge equipment and technology
    Place to learn new techniques

    Cons

    Anything short of Phd gets you discriminated against

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research Officers manages the lab on top of doing research work.
    Please provide them with the basics too - a clean office area (instead of placing them in lab bench) and a working computer (instead of sharing a common computer with everyone else)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to learn new techniques

    • 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

    9-5. Work life balance. Free gym.

    Cons

    No career progression. Stagnating. No pay increment either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good.

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

    I have been working at A-Star as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    very good technologies to learn from.

    Cons

    It is a very conservative atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Base pay is higher for fresh graduate

    Cons

    Work life balance is a problem

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