Ministry of Education Singapore Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Relatively comfortable working environment but largely depends on your role as the HR Division in MOE is very big (in 9 reviews)

  • Stable civil service job - enables good work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours (But it is really worth it (in 9 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is skewed towards 'work' (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore

    Pros

    Friendly work environment and flexible scheduling. Colleagues would often go out of their way to help out and make you feel included in the community.

    Cons

    There were always a lot of different projects going on, so you definitely have to be organized and be able to juggle multiple projects at one time independently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. MOE Teaching Internship

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment. Fixed working hours and holidays are similar to school holidays which facilitates adults with families.

    Cons

    Early waking hours and lots of admin work besides just academic teaching

    Recommends
  3. Teaching is Great, Overly Bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Opportunity to Educate, if you have a passion to Teach it is excellent
    Wonderful Colleagues
    Good Salary and Benefits
    Organised and dedication to improving curriculum

    Cons

    Overly Bureaucratic,
    Micromanagement,
    Additional administration duties which take away from the practice of teaching
    Lack of Freedom(managed agenda) - inability to teach freely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust Teachers, seek to limit administrative distractions so teachers can focus on teaching

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Work life balance

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Officer in Bishan New Town (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Officer in Bishan New Town (Singapore)

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore

    Pros

    Work on your own phase. Work life balance. Basic pay is good.

    Cons

    Increment slow. No career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some career advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Teacher

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    Current Contractor - Teacher, Secondary School in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Teacher, Secondary School in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good training and career path

    Cons

    Recognition and promotion slower than expected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - working with students is inspiring, rewarding, meaningful; the only consistent joy of the job, and a tremendous one
    - perhaps suitable for those committed to raising a family, as there are flexi-schemes

    Cons

    - suspicious and indolent work environment, where innovation and hard work are perceived as threats by superiors and "spoiling the market" by those in your team. Scholars receive a heavy workload and far too much undeserved criticism and cynicism, especially when successful.
    - difficult to achieve real change, as most in your team will perceive teaching as a job where they can just get by.
    - little room for advancement, despite ostensible widening of career paths; simply too many officers to enable exposure for all, and lateral positions (e.g. HQ) are seen as hard-sought leadership training.
    - terrible politics, especially as you climb - reviews not mentioning this are presumably blissfully unaware of what goes on at KP level. This is especially hard for a junior officer as ANY key personnel (any HOD, SH, etc.) can bring accusations against you for their own dept's benefit.
    - regardless of all the above you are still in the rat race and, in order to achieve stellar success, need to maintain a focus on pedagogical innovations, new projects, national sharing, leading your teams well, kowtowing to bosses, etc., ON TOP of teaching a full load of classes.
    TL;DR: If you want a successful career (as measured in personal gain, tangible rewards, promotion, etc.), teaching is not a career for you. 2/10 would not take the scholarship again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's important to recognise hard work and sincerity in all your officers. Too many of us burn out and then, stop caring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. MOE

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    Current Employee - Head of Department
    Current Employee - Head of Department

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very little office politics. CONNECT PLAN allows teachers to get reasonable sum of money every few years.

    Cons

    Some parents are unappreciative. Long working hours. Tons of marking and many admin work

    Recommends
  9. Nurturing culture but promotion rate is highly variable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable income and nurturing bosses

    Cons

    Long hours and promotion is dependent on your CEP which in turn depends on how well you did in school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent in promotion criteria. Promote based on capabilities and not just CEP.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Interface with children and parents is enjoyable. However, HR is sorely lacking in support to mid-career hires.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work was very meaningful especially when students and parents affirm you for a job well-done. There is a good working environment (depending on schools and school leaders), but generally people are helpful and nurturing. Benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    There is totally no interface with HR. Mid-career hires waiting to go into NIE are subject to subjective assessment by the school leaders, and "organisational needs". NIE intake changes without prior notifications. There is a conflict of interest as the school leaders who are recommending one for NIE also needs to take into account manpower and deployment in the school. Progression is slow. There are teachers who have worked for decades and it is hard to find innovative ideas. Teachers burn out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time training HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Holistic and comprehensive plan for growth and contribution.

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    Current Employee - Education Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Education Officer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    In Singapore, a job with the MOE is likened to a solid 'rice bowl'.

    Cons

    Strict protocol and standard operating procedures may be a challenge to some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life harmony has been a core thrust of the MOE. I am thankful for that.

    Recommends

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