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Ministry of Education Singapore Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
86 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - 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
  2.  

    MOE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    disappointing

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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 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
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    Nurturing culture but promotion rate is highly variable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Holistic and comprehensive plan for growth and contribution.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore as a contractor (less than an 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
  8.  

    I had enough after more than 5 years in service.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time

    Pros

    - No need to do business development
    - Predictable work routine

    Cons

    - No worklife balance
    - Respect (from both parents and students) for the teaching profession is generally low

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Admin Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Administration Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Usually have good colleagues in the cluster. Depends on management setting the culture. Opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Handling a group of teachers who like to complain too much admin work and they like to demand you do this and do that for them. Little appreciation for helping them as they treat you like you owe it to them. Poor compensation for the amount of work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to start setting clear expectations of what is considered beyond the job scope and what is considered your duty for the respective sub grade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Stable job and requires passion for teaching

    Former Employee - General Education Officer
    Former Employee - General Education Officer

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable job with regular bonus payout and fixed school holidays
    Decent pay
    Depends on school management

    Cons

    Long working hours (still need to do marking after school hours)
    Need to do various administrative and committee work in order to hit KPI
    No time to plan proper lessons
    Ranking system in teaching staff usually cause a lot of unhappiness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core of education which is education. Education is not about earning various corporate achievement.

  11.  

    Rigid and Stressful Environment

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

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

    Pros

    If you love hanging out with children and teaching, this is the place to be. Culture wise it depends on which school you have been allocated to.

    Cons

    You will only be teaching half the time. The other half involves school activites, extra activities, staff meetings. So you have to take the entire package.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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