Defence Science & Technology Agency

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Updated Jul 6, 2014
Defence Science & Technology Agency – “Implements defence technology plans”

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3.0 35 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Chan Yeng Kit

(2 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good work life balance with high pay

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) North Depot Road Colonia, TX

    ProsGood work life balance. Two hour extended lunch time seems very acceptable here. Staff often go to Vivo or Ikea for lunch for two long hours. Very good pay with not much work and with many bonuses. Good benefits like flexible benefits can claim travel, dental, etc.

    ConsLots of red tape. And restrictive policy like cannot bring ipad, laptop or thumb drive into office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave less red tape.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A place with a fresh experience everytime

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsThere is good work life balance. Interesting and dynamic working opportunities where we can go overseas for testing etc, but depends on the project and phase of project.

    ConsWork can be monotonous. Can put in a lot of effort to complete some task which in the end is not used due to changes in projects. Can be hard to tackle the high demand when handling several projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, a great place to work

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsA great place for fresh graduates to middle career level. Opportunities for personal growth. Good bonus package. Values technical staff. Invests in staff competency and skills development.

    ConsJob scope can be better defined to allow better focus on areas of expertise. Technical staff may find it difficult to transit to management roles if not selected to be on the track.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook beyond traditional metrics for selecting staff for management track. Better define the job scope to allow staff to present their best value.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its great for engineers and scholars

    Business Development (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Prosthe compensation and prospect for engineers and scholars are much better than corporate staffs. it is a stable job and compensation can be pretty attractive for a government sector

    Consthe red tapes due to the industry nature can be quite a handful.

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

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    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsRelatively high annual income for engineering job in Singapore.
    Relatively young workforce that creates a vibrant work environment.

    ConsProject management experience and technical skills attained from job are unique to the organisation/industry and barely transferable to other industries or job roles, especially in the private sector.
    Can be demoralising when career progression appears bleak.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppraisal process can be improved - too much emphasis on contributions outside one's expected job scope, overlooking how well staff contributes to his/her job responsibilities. In my opinion, this instils wrong values in staff, and does little to contribute to work productivity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice company to gain experience

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsLots of opportunities to learn and grow experience and skills.

    ConsThere will be lots of red-tape to be tolerant of.

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

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    Work life balance, ample learning opportunities, slow processes

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)

    Proswork life balance, ample learning opportunities

    Conssecurity is an issue and source of red tape. slow processes. still got to grapple with red tape though efforts are made to reduce them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall working in DSTA has been a fruitful experience despite some bad experience with the management.

    Associate Engineer (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros- Good welfare benefits
    - Good career path for scholars only
    - Good working relationship with colleagues
    - Inter-departmental collaboration in ICT projects

    Cons- Poor management
    - Long working hours without OT pay
    - Poor carreer path for non-scholars

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Slow-paced but comfortable, with good pay.

    Engineer (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros-Excellent work-life balance (if you are an engineer)
    -Comfortable pay. One of the best in the public sector.
    -Opportunities (debatable)

    Cons-Plenty of opportunities if you are willing to fight for it. However, for non-scholars you will be at a disadvantaged position, as the scholars have all the right networks and such. However, in my opinion, the scholar prejudice is not too bad in DSTA compared to other government agencies. It is a big organization after all.
    -Not enough challenge at times. Slow-paced, risk-adverse working style of bosses means that the work can be quite boring.
    -No camera phones!

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

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    Work life balance and considerably good pay, but too much top-down management tends to drag things back

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsWork life balance, considerably good pay

    ConsPoor management from top, a lot of red tape

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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