DSO National Laboratories
3.3 of 5 15 reviews
www.dso.org.sg 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 3, 2014

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Overall a nice environment, needs a bit of vibe

Intern (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at DSO National Laboratories as an intern for less than a year

ProsSome jobs are really interesting and cutting edge.
People there are generally intelligent and great to work with.
Good place for innovations as compared to ST.
Gives time and money for personal experiments.

ConsSome jobs seem routine, unexciting.
Same old problem with red tape, as with other agencies.
Interns underutilized by management.

Advice to Senior ManagementMotivate employees to work better and create more team bonding activities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Family oriented company, interesting work, good working environment

Senior Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFamily friendly, 5 day work week, interesting work, good working environment, stable job that is largely not affected by economic cycles

ConsSlower pace of work, much red tape, seniority based so one must wait for one's turn before one can assume higher responsibilities

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove competitiveness both within and without the company. By within, one can do so by giving responsibilities to employees based on merit and potential instead of by seniority. By without, improve the company's cost competitiveness, which will raise productivity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning experience

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I worked at DSO National Laboratories as an intern for less than a year

ProsNice working environment, friendly colleagues. Great opportunity to experiment with things in your own way, as long as approval is given.

ConsHigh security, but necessary.

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

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Great

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I worked at DSO National Laboratories

Pros- No office politics
- Good pay

Cons- Defense related work only
- Singaporean only

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great research environment if you are in the right team

Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company has interesting research topics that are very unique and encourages work life balance. It also has quite a few pro-family policies that are beneficial for young families.

ConsThe amount of administrative work does sometimes result in less time for actual research work as many requirements are unique and specific.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Research Based organisation

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Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at DSO National Laboratories as an intern for less than a year

ProsFriendly co-workers, non-competitive working environment, various family-oriented benefits.

ConsMight require patience and a great passion for research based work. High security means no camera phones and tablets.

Advice to Senior ManagementMight look into ways to ease security so as to spur more creativity and innovation at work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good and stable job

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery good compensation benefits
Not all work, as company encourages sports activities thru sports day and regular participation in sports activities
Possible to spend time on "personal" R&D projects

ConsOnce in a while, gets bogged down with non-core work stuff such as serving on committees
Tendency to be complacent after many years, especially if working on the same stuff year after year and facing the same colleagues month after month.

Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent compensation benefits will do little to retain the best talent in the company. In fact, the reverse in the end result - the not-so-excellent researchers will stay to enjoy the benefits whereas the really good ones will leave as long as the work does not attract them and elsewhere do. Really good researchers are not lured by just compensation benefits but by the prospect of contributing and learning in return.

Study the turnover statistics and examine the caliber of staff that leave.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Stable but low ceiling

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time

ProsGood colleagues, friendly staff, good remuneration and benefits and work life balance.

ConsSlow progression. Scholars are generally more "favored".

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good retirement place

Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood work-life balance. Flexible working hours.

ConsAlot of paperwork, non-camera phones, favors scholars.

Advice to Senior Managementcome up with a 360 degree staff feedback.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience, but insular and inactive environment

Intern (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at DSO National Laboratories as an intern for less than a year

ProsEnvironment promotes research and development at one's own pace. It is also welfare orientated, giving its workers adequate remuneration on top of staff benefits. The organization is focused on work life balance, giving its workers adequate time to spend with their families as well as time off to enjoy sports on fridays.

ConsLacks a driving factor to push interns and employees to do more. Not all employees are driven in their work, which might pull the team down and affect the personal working spirit.

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