Ministry of Education Singapore Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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Pros
  • Comfortable working environment (in 9 reviews)

  • you can have your work-life balance if you are able to prioritize otherwise you'll find yourself working 11 hours in school (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours (still need to do marking after school hours) (in 9 reviews)

  • Work-life balance have to be kept in check (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Too many things to do

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

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

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

    Pros

    Variety of work, stable pay, generally ok colleagues if you are in the same batch, rewarding when students do well

    Cons

    Too many things to do, expectations are too high, teachers generally do not make good managers.

    Advice to Management

    Take some courses in management


  2. MOE

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance, things are pretty slow paced at times due to the aheer size of the organisation, good amount of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Old school middle management. Hierarchical in nature with lots of clearance process. Little risk taking culture.

    Advice to Management

    Whilst senior management may be progressive, the stumbling block comes in the form of the middle management. Do listen to what the ground has to say.


  3. Helpful (1)

    mixed

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

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

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

    Pros

    Able to work with students who could bring. A lot of laughter to your work. The teaching part is meaningful and never boring.

    Cons

    Lots of admin and sometimes very time consuming school policies which are never followed through. Nevertheless, it still takes up a lot of teacher's time. E.g. checking every single file for every single student. To make sure they have all their worksheets and corrections done, for file checks. Writing call logs to note down the time and content of dialogues with parents (and we are supposed to call every parent. At least once sem). On top of these, a lot of other admin work. These are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Advice to Management

    Less admin. Focus on teaching.


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  5. Lost my youth to the Teaching Bond.

    Former Employee - Teacher A K A General Education Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Teacher A K A General Education Officer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

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

    Pros

    You will feel great when you are a young popular teacher.

    Cons

    Lost my youth (4 years of my life) to teaching. When your bond ends and you get out of Teaching, you will find it hard to get another job. The private sector will view you as having NO SKILLS and the public sector will shame you for leaving Teaching.
    Countless interviewers will harp back on your past Teaching job and will try to make you say that you must have done something wrong to cause you to quit teaching.

    Advice to Management

    No advice because even though countless teachers leave the system every year, a new batch of fresh-faced NIE graduates still continue to enter.


  6. Education Officer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    can be rather flexible in work timing after 2pm
    able to bring stuff back to work at home

    Cons

    Need to involved in many other duties other than teaching.
    Alot of administrative stuff to handle


  7. Helpful (2)

    Pay is great but...

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay structure - with clear career tracks
    Offers PD support
    Collegial

    Cons

    Works you dry - how does an average of 60 hours work week sound?
    Little work-family life balance from Jan-Nov.
    Amount of work has been gradually increasing over the years till it has come to an extreme stage!
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    To stem the tide of high turnovers, listen to the teachers - reduce the load especially the admin part (collection of fees, etc, ) and improve work-family life balance. It's very challenging to balance famliy (esp children's) needs when we have to put in a 12 hours shift daily!


  8. Work life balance

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Increment slow. No career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Have some career advancement.


  9. Teacher

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good training and career path

    Cons

    Recognition and promotion slower than expected


  10. Holistic and comprehensive plan for growth and contribution.

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Admin Manager

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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