Defence Science & Technology Agency

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Defence Science & Technology Agency Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
40 Reviews
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40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good work life balance with high pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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.  

    Have work life balance but too much paper submission and approval forums

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is achievable. Pay is above average at least for non-scholar and colleagues are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Too much paper submission and sometimes overly focus on innovation which tends to force things through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have seems lots of scholar left the company after their bond period

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

    Got Pros & Cons Working Here...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rather satisfied with the pay with its total package.
    Have flexi hour of reporting to work and off work.
    Good office working environment.

    Cons

    Users are very demanding.
    Scholars tend to have better work scope and opportunities and promotion chance.
    A lot of secondary roles such as meetings secretary, ECA such as welfare committees, etc.
    A lot of processes
    Depends on which boss you are reporting to, because the boss may be micro-managing you.
    Overall pay package may get stagnant or become flat after 8 years of working.
    Some papers are very difficult to clear because the Users simply do not want to commit and approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of the non-scholars in terms of pay package as they are also working very hard on the ground.
    Lessen the frequency of the meetings and report writing as Engineers would need time on the ground to work things out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable career

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

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency as an intern (less than an 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
  6.  

    Senior Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time (less than an 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
  7.  

    Great place to work till retirement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency as an intern (more than an 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
  8.  

    A place with a fresh experience everytime

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Overall, a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time (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
  10.  

    Its great for engineers and scholars

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Business Development in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time (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
  11.  

    Ups and Downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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