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IE Singapore Reviews

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

    Fulfilling and demanding

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IE Singapore as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great exposure
    Steep learning curve
    Opportunities to meet high-level management of companies for project insights and discussion

    Cons

    Heavy desktop research works
    Demand on paperworks

    Recommends
  2.  

    You exist to please the management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at IE Singapore

    Pros

    Some international exposure but depending on job sope aa well
    Gnerally young colleagues, contributing to some fun at work

    Cons

    Working in IE feels like being in Grad school where we work on projects with the sole objective of showcasing it during the senior management meetings to profile yourself. It does not matter if the projects are not practical as the management are just living in their theoretical world. You live to please their imagination and satisfy their ego when they are able to ask obscure questions which junior managers cant answer.

    Most senior management have no private sector experience but think their advise are worth gold and should be lapped up by the companies they serve.

    Too much focus on paper and strategy writting without real operational value.

    Employee morale is low from a recent org survey done but management still chooses to think that they are doing a great job. The high turnover is a clear indicator of employee happiness.

    Some senior management are only interested in big MNCs (who actually need the least help from goveenment) as those projects will have a more impressive story for showcase. It is the small compaies that truly needs IE's help not the giant telcos, big infrastructure companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a reality check on how IE can truly benefit companies that really need help. Focus on real practical help and devote your resources in the right places.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Fulfilling

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

    I have been working at IE Singapore as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was given relatively heavy responsibilities from the start. Was spared the standard "odd-jobs" and was given real things to do. Teams are relatively small, and so you get quite a lot of guidance from the team managers.

    Cons

    The size of the teams are relatively small, and though you do get a lot of guidance, you end up doing a lot of other things which may not be relevant/repetitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Rewarding but demanding

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

    I worked at IE Singapore

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for personal growth as you will usually be thrown in the deep end to learn on the job. Location is very convenient, and depending on your department, you will get may get many opportunities to travel on the job and meet new people. There is also a scheme for telecommuting from home. Corporate culture is quite friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The learning curve can be steep at times. Most people end up working longer hours than in other public sector organizations.

    Recommends
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management of resources and talents

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Officer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    - Reasonable work-life balance
    - Friendly colleagues
    - Good officers can add value to senior executives of companies
    - Strong network of seasoned clerical officers to prepare for events/seminars, order supplies etc.

    Cons

    - CEO has completely wrecked the organisation's ability to perform. Rewards were given to those who can put up a good show, literally. Those involved in throwing the IE 30th anniversary party were mostly promoted even though lots of money were spent and work were outsourced to vendors. Officers were told to interview companies on how well IE has done for them instead of doing actual work and this is all necessary if the officers want to be noticed by senior management so that they can stand a chance to be better graded.
    - Management are sorely incompetent since they have almost zero private industry experience, P&L and project management skills. Yet, they sit atop their ivory tower and claim they can drag all companies across the world with their "insights". Their impractical growth targets set up useless and misguided internal rivalry. Despite biannual feedback, management insists that there's nothing wrong with the management and resolves to "better market" their vision to the officers.
    - Company burns through good officers who honest feedback is construed as heresy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please leave the job to more qualified professionals. No MBA and INSEAD 5-day courses can replace industry experience. Telling officers to put up strategy papers just shows that you have absolutely no idea what to do and need juniors to parade new ideas before you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of talent retention and too much red tapes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good learning place
    People are friendly
    Has alot of process in place to guide your work

    Cons

    Too much red taps
    Too focus on writing and managing the management, instead of doing the correct work
    Do not focus on the staff unless you are scholars.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Manager , IE Singapore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Huge exposure to different businesses in an given industry - business strategy, C level meetings, conferences, international trips are eye opening. International exposure within the organisation is tremendous.

    Cons

    Paper work can be quite heavy and unnecessary. Sometimes it can be too heavy till it hinders officer's ability to do core work and hence catching up over weekends and at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt a Servant leadership style / Open communication - open to hear what others have to say without reservations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fulfilling Experience

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

    I worked at IE Singapore as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Experience at IE was fulfilling with good learning opportunities and friendly working environment. Company conducts regular staff benefit/bonding events. HR actively collects, listens and responds to feedback.

    Cons

    Working hours are longer than average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    a place with many tasks on hand

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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 IE Singapore full-time

    Pros

    good location, good learning environment, friendly colleagues, organisation encourages interaction

    Cons

    meeting deadlines, juggling many tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nil

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great environment not such great benefits and payment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Officer in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Market Officer in Mexico City (Mexico)

    I have been working at IE Singapore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In general there is a great environment to work and collaborate. Also, working here will provide you with an excellent exposure to high level representatives in government and private companies in a variety of sectors.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there is a general lack of career opportunities and development. Furthermore, salary and benefits are below the median, specially in overseas centres.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better career path and double check sources for salary information

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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