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quite good work and life balance

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at A-Star

Pros

well work&life balanced and well paid

Cons

less of room to advance ones professional career path

Advice to ManagementAdvice

give employees more opportunities to advane themselves

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dismal excuse for a research agency. Talented people galore stuck here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at A-Star

    Pros

    Prestige from belonging to the country's best promoted, and possibly the world's best marketed, research agency.

    Cons

    Incredibly low support and guidance given to staff. You will not even be assigned a proper project to work on, even when the management is impressed by your abilities. Lousy computing, no professional software for working. You will have to secure shell to the local university to run your computing research smoothly. Talented people need not apply unless you are really keen on putting your energies down the drain. Dismal salaries to top it off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make 360 degree appraisals mandatory. That means engineers rate their managers, and this will determine if they can stay. Now many Astar managers get away with twiddling their thumbs in their chairs. I know what kind of company I will be moving to next time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Many exciting opportunities albeit layered with bureaucracy

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

    I have been working at A-Star full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Wide exposure for portfolio building. Leadership can be more focused in streamlining vision and outlining clearly strategy to grow staff.

    Cons

    Remuneration could be better. Many layers of bureaucracy at various places impedes staff motivation to want to stay on much less develop passion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chances should also be given to non-scholars to advance in career and given more options to learn.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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