IE Singapore Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Good learning ground for new hires

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

    I have been working at IE Singapore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1. Able to interact and network with CxOs of Singapore companies
    2. Paid travel 3-4 times a year on average
    3. In depth learning opportunity about markets, products and/or sectors
    4. Smart peers
    5. Good work life balance

    Cons

    1. Below average pay and benefits
    2. Senior management is not inspiring
    3. Employees are too young and inexperienced to "advise" companies

  2. Internship experience

    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at IE Singapore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Average age of employees are quite young - hence, quite a lively and vibrant organisation

    Managers I've work with and for are mostly patient in guiding interns

    Able to get many real experience, managers will bring interns along for meetings if possible

    Cons

    Can observe red tape slowing the process of things getting done

    Older employees are reluctant to change

  3. Exposure even as an intern

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

    I worked at IE Singapore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    My superiors were willing to loop me in for meetings with different companies in order to provide exposure to what it is like to work in IE. The company culture is great where people are friendly and always willing to teach.

    Cons

    The internship lacks structure, basically just doing a lot of adhoc projects as required by your superiors. But that depends on the mentor that you get. Some mentors provide useful feedback and provide one with more learning opportunities whereas other mentors simply get you to write meeting notes and do deskbound research.

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  5. Fulfilling and demanding

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    You exist to please the management

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

    I worked at IE Singapore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Fulfilling

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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

  8. 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Management of resources and talents

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Lack of talent retention and too much red tapes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  11. Manager , IE Singapore

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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

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