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IDA Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
52 Reviews
3.2
52 Reviews
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Pros
  • Generally, more pro to family / work life balance but still required OT quite often (in 13 reviews)

  • There are many opportunities to work in different projects on various technologies (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Lots of senior management or even mid-management people sticking around until retirement (in 4 reviews)

  • Not easy for those coming from the private sector (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience for starting out a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at IDA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible hours, interesting projects, wonderful environment

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility for mid career folk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotion strategies are key

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It depends on which dept you go

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

    I worked at IDA

    Pros

    The main pro is the ability to shape Singapore's IT future. You have the chance to propose projects for good of nation and get paid at the same time. Reasonable pay.

    Cons

    Customer side, can become generalist over time.
    Projects can have unrealistic deadlines.
    Reward and promotion for idea starters and not execution team.
    Management self interest to please stakeholders and protect turf instead of for the good of organisation.
    Lack of respect for staff (an increasing problem).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open eyes and see who are 'salesman' and who are the competent folks. Sales folks can get you some mileage but for execution, you can't depend on them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Contract in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at IDA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, great pay.

    Cons

    Short-term position that was contracted to end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consultants need more post engagement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Pros and cons

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

    I have been working at IDA full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance in most dept

    Cons

    Training varies for every individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training to groom talents

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good Career..if you work with white horse

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

    I worked at IDA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked in Level 8 at IDA HQ. When there is white horse, things get done very quickly. However, if there is no white horse, things proceeds slowly. Job related requests can take up to five weeks to get done because people go on off/leaves or take mc etc. Working hours from 8.30am to 6pm is considered quite long but good thing is you don't need to OT. Be prepared to spend 80% of your day sending email, make powerpoint presentations and googling for images instead of doing core programming because your IDE is most probably blocked by the vendor, meaning you cannot install it on the laptop provided... which is both good and bad.

    Cons

    Politics is everywhere. People tend to avoid being held responsible for things and instead push the responsibility to others. A simple request such as updating your Java on your company laptop can take up to one month because you need ridiculous approval from director level for the IT department to get EXTERNAL vendor to come down and install it for you. In fact, billing starts from the point you send the request email and noting that this is a stat board, loads of money is wasted even though I can do such things myself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with red tape and preferential treatment of white horse, scholars, etc. Allow staff, especially programmers, to install their own software instead of wasting time and money on useless approvals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A good place to network and learn skills

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

    I have been working at IDA as a contractor

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in different projects and explore new technologies.

    Cons

    Audits and procurement processes.

  8.  

    Stable job with bureaucracy and politics

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

    I worked at IDA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good bonus, can be 6-7 months consistently. Variety of high-level IT jobs, telecom policy, IT business development, IT project management. Decent name in the IT sector

    Cons

    Lots of senior management or even mid-management people sticking around until retirement. Frequent project brainstorming for business develop to justify existence. Time-based promotions (i.e. minimal number of years to stay in a grade) is bad for morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time-based promotions (i.e. minimal number of years to stay in a grade) is bad for morale and is not fair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    lots to learn but bad team management and senior management do not care about staff welfare

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at IDA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    varied sources to learn about the ICT landscape.

    Cons

    no work life balance, abusive bosses, Bad HR who do not listen to staff, no proper benchmark in hiring new staff. Backward thinking senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote more work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership is not nurturing

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

    I have been working at IDA full-time

    Pros

    learned about government polices and processes

    Cons

    as compared to other government agencies, the culture is one of the least nurturing experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    legacy lead to the current middle management that still very task oriented and demanding, while achieve results, but many casualties along the way. staff are no longer motivated think out of the box, just follow orders is the best way to stay on the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    MCIO

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IDA

    Pros

    Autonomous
    Sitting with the customers offer excellent opportunities to understand their business and the physical proximity helps to foster better relationships.

    Cons

    Career progression for MCIO is slow

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