Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

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Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    good company, met a lot of friends here.

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice ppl around. They pay attentions to areas even like interactive design.

    Cons

    typical company founded by government. No pressure from market. Fresh graduated student cannot learn a lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is quite few they could do. Actually, they are enjoying their pre-retiring time, happily....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Relax but with low paid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Staffs are very nice, work load is reasonable, a very nice environment with sea view,work time is very regular Salary is always on time

    Cons

    Not much chance to get promotion, the salary is low while the living cost in HK is very high. Also, a little bit of bureaucracy. Do not find the impetus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    unhappy and disappointed...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - stable
    - seldom work over time
    - getting ITF grant is easy if external investment is involved
    - getting external investment is also easy if you could provide a much cheaper offer to the investor
    - good working environment, e.g. spacious working space, large desk, quiet, gorgeous sea view

    Cons

    - slow and a little bit of bureaucracy
    - below market salary, so people are not great, some are even incompetent
    - most projects are not technologically driven, but investors driven
    - good for investors to have cheap product that suit their needs, but bad for engineers who want to grow and invent
    - people are generally not committing more than 60% effort, some are in 'retiring mode' or 'pretend to be busy mode'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest to the employees. Let them know the reality. Let them know this is not a place for making any kind of innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    It depends on the team leader and project

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

    Pros

    I was lucky to work in a great team with a great leader and many smart team members. We worked very hard to achieve a lot in a great project. My professional experience grew up quickly during the period.

    Cons

    The salary is not competitive. There is few opportunity for training. The company culture has not been built up well.

  6.  

    Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Project Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Freestyle culture, rarely overtime, and highly communication with each other. Freestyle culture, rarely overtime, and highly communication with each other.

    Cons

    Salary is a little bit low. The culture is not very active. Salary is a little bit low. The culture is not very active.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    An organization for keeping incompetence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Ma Liu Shui (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Ma Liu Shui (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pseudo-retirement environment:
    - Infinite money from goverment.
    - No need to meet deadline.
    - No need to monitor quality of work.
    - It's OK even if a project fails. (somehow you get praised because you fail......)
    - A normal experienced engineer only need to work less than 10% of time a day.
    - Incompetent staffs can stay
    - Guaranteed yearly raise higher than inflation.
    - Can work till retire

    Cons

    Doomed job:
    - 2nd hand technology, which the market does not need.
    - Competent staffs are kicked away, so-called "spin off".
    - Competence level keeps going down after 2 years of stay.
    - No one can manage discipline of staffs
    - Most employees cannot re-enter the job market because of high salary and incompetence.
    - Once you leave ASTRI, you can really retire, because you can't find an R&D job in HK any more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is really a miserable job for those who really contribute to the productive flow:
    - There is no clear target.
    - There is no regular team meeting so staffs don't know how their procrastinations affect the others.
    - Managements are so inexperienced that they don't really care about the staffs.

    My suggestion: go back to industry and then you know what I mean.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Job nature

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free, less pressure, get off work on time

    Cons

    low salary, slow lift, less passion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a better career path for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    nice company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Intern in Sha Tin (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Project Intern in Sha Tin (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    reasonable working hours and sufficient time for learning new knowledges

    Cons

    salary is not high, maybe just around the avg. for the 1st year employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Nice place to work, stable but prospect is poor

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sha Tin (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sha Tin (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable, seldom OT, always renew contract

    Cons

    No careers prospect, no methodology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the staff incentive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    summer intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

    Pros

    free, resourses are enough, good environment

    Cons

    communications between colleagues are not well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends

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