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Internship Review, A*STAR institute

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Former Employee - Attachment Student In A-STAR  in  Singapore (Singapore)
Former Employee - Attachment Student In A-STAR in Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at A*Star as an intern for less than a year

Pros

Fun work environment if you like science (everything is science-based here)
Quite decent pay for an intern, quite conveniently located
Very open environment (at least the team I was with), often quite a good mix of old and new staff.
Working time is really very much up to you.

Cons

Tends to be an unstable job sometimes, depending on your specialization versus current trends
Management always has to try to balance the "applied" vs "pure" sides of the research effort, sometimes it doesn't work out
Overtime is sometimes needed (queue for machines, wait for stuff to be fixed etc.)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management sometimes needs to think a bit deeper. Targets and research direction sometimes terribly shortsighted/are stabs in the dark.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good if you are the flavor of the day

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

    I worked at A*Star full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Well-equipped labs with top-of-the-line facilities.
    Self-paced work culture.
    Opportunities to work with worldclass experts.
    Better pay than academia in general.

    Cons

    Top management has little plan for long-term career growth or development of employees
    Middle management doesn't have management skills
    Poor succession planning. The compelling dynamism of founding leaders is largely lost.
    Research priorities overly influenced by government agenda
    Access to funding, prospects to have contract renewed, career advancement, is completely dependent on one's alignment with the kind of industry the government wants to being in
    Scientists passionate about basic research are hard pressed to access resources, while those with translational research goals are disproportionately and lavishly supported

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a strong base of basic research
    Offer better career/professional development opportunities for non-PhD holders
    Value employees rather than grant money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Job and company don't meet promises

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A*Star full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Located in Biopolis: good location for networking

    Cons

    No transparency: suspicion of scientific fraud are not brought up
    No clear line of conduct: 1 day you may be encouraged to go to a conference, the next one, there is apparently no more money and you can't claim your expenses back.
    Scientific projects limited to 6-months because of the lack of management commitment.
    No room for career development.

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