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Defence Science & Technology Agency Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
40 Reviews

3.4
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good work life balance with high pay

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  North Depot Road Colonia, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in North Depot Road Colonia, TX

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have less red tape.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stable career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance and salary

    Cons

    Limited prospects and scholar culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equal oppurtunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Environment /Cool work enviroment

    Cons

    Low salary and less Carrier growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work till retirement

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Work life balance
    2) Reasonable pay scale compared to market

    Cons

    1) Red tape causing matters go progress slowly
    2) Career advancement for non-scholar is slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Keep up the good job of retaining employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A place with a fresh experience everytime

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Work 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Job 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Its great for engineers and scholars

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    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ups and Downs

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Project 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 ManagementAdvice

    Appraisal 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Nice company to gain experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow experience and skills.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Work life balance, ample learning opportunities, slow processes

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    work life balance, ample learning opportunities

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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