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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 (less than an 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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    A*Star

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

    I worked at A*Star full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Leading agency in Singapore who advances science and engineering research.
    Equip companies and startups with technology edge.

    Cons

    Restricted by public sector funding concerns; cannot be fully commercial minded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be daring to break new ground; challenge the statys quo

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    Internship Review

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    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at A*Star as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff members, cool working environment, lots of research opportunities, many opportunities to interact with people from all over the world

    Cons

    Independent working environment often discourages team bonding among the staff. Too many foreign talents deters the performance of locals within the company.

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