Defence Science & Technology Agency

  www.dsta.gov.sg
  www.dsta.gov.sg
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Good entry level.

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

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

Pros

Believes in work-life balance, convenient with shuttle bus to food centres.Benefits and compensation were rather attractive. Good starting point for fresh

Cons

The organisation is quite elitist and biased towards scholars and those who did well academically in their schoollife, though work performance seems to be also taken into account.
But some staff were really good at playing "taiji" pushing work around. Some were always uncontactable, even though they appeared to be present.
Some of the staff, though highly educated, had scholarships,were quite snobbish and were rude to staff, also highly educated, but were from other companies, contractors insourced to help them, hurling insults openly at them unnecessarily at times.
Ironically, the contractors were graceful and maintained their composure.
Camera phones, videos not allowed.A lot of red-tape and bureaucray.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve the staff retention. reduce turnover rate, not necessarily good.
Learn to retain and apppreciate your staff, like giving them some inside mobility.
Need to educate your staff to give insourced staff proper manners, they are not slaves, they are also like you, though maybe slightly less advantaged only for now.
Are you sure camera phones need to be completely banned?

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    challenges from a wide spectrum

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    exposure a wide variety of challenging tasks, some may not even be in your domain of knowledge
    competitive salary and good salary benchmarking
    policies and guidelines in place to govern quality deliverables
    lots of learning opportunities in business and technical skills
    improving focus on individual career development and staff retention
    flexible hierarchical and project team structure

    Cons

    management 'have good risk mangement skills' by constantly loading the employees who can deliver
    policies and guidelines in place which consume a considerable amount of project time
    multi-tasking skills required
    need effort to handle past, present and future projects as and when necessary
    senior management aims to push for individual career development while middle management are constantly overloaded with projects and places lesser emphasis on the individual aspirations

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    Procurement in DSTA

    Current Employee - Procurement Executive
    Current Employee - Procurement Executive

    I have been working at Defence Science & Technology Agency full-time

    Pros

    Nice working environment
    Nice colleagues
    Good Pay

    Cons

    Since it's a government agency, bound to be not as flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay more attention to the salary grade

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