NCS Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
192 Reviews
2.4
192 Reviews
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92 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Training opportunities, healthcare benefits, work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Nice colleagues, great working environment, complete company care (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Staff require to establish effective time management on work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Lower salary and long working hours, bad work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not bad

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

    I have been working at NCS as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Can learn a lot of new technology.
    Good for you if you are very new.

    Cons

    OT OT OT OT OT OT OT OT OT
    In a word, a lot of OT..
    No work and life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work and life balance..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    There are tough times, but overall satisfactory

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

    I have been working at NCS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good supervisors. Yearly bonus is quite good although basic salary is low.

    Cons

    Occasional late hours and weekend support. Low basic salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    worst company!

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

    I have been working at NCS as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    nothing much other than not bad working hours, compensation for claims, benefits for phone and health

    Cons

    politics here and there, poor management, leader slack like hell not giving concern to employees, low salary, very low salary increment, no job advancement, no future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    concern your employees and train them or else nobody will value your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    good experience. Not a good place for hard core programmer

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

    I have been working at NCS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    once you get a permanent position, you wont get fired, unless you are so bad.
    Nice team mates
    entry salary is high compared to the market

    Cons

    salary increases slow
    unprofessional
    many team leaders do not have leadership or technical background

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on quality, not quantity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leaving office on time is SOP

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

    I have been working at NCS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, you come on time, go back on time. Anything official after hour, will be compensated accordingly. Individual Development Planning provide chances for employee's to go for external courses with certifications. CEO never tired of writing communication email to communicate company directions and achievements globally every week. Strong parent company (SingTel) assure your job security. Cost cutting hurts globally but benefits Malaysians. Onshore (Australia) counterparts are helpful and very expert in what they do. Pantry filled with coffee machine, tea bags, milo powder, sugar, and unlimited supplies of biscuits.

    Cons

    As usual, money is never enough because it's not an oil & gas industry. Minuscule HR team can't cope with the whole SingTel/NCS staff in NCSI (Malaysia), leaving staff neglected in terms of Team Building, moral and mental support, as well as company wide notification ( we used to get emails when someone in the company gave birth, or death, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider spectacles allowance, options for flexible 3rd month paid maternity leave and don't be biased when doing salary adjustments (do it globally instead of just Singapore HQ)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not good at all.

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

    I worked at NCS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company offers a lot of training programmes.

    Cons

    Poor hiring, a lot of incompetent managers and co-workers. Rely on employees to work overtime rather than managing the project well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better people or invest in more rigorous technical training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Singapore's Biggest Software House

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

    I have been working at NCS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a security guard at the glass door at Block C Level 8.So, programmer can work very safely.

    Cons

    No Internet access for workstations and programmers find it difficult to resolve issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager need to learn such as 1. Providing freedom to employee 2. How to build a team. 3.Encouraging 4. Treating each employee not just equally but fairly 5.Dishing out frequent public praise 6. Creating opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    negative environment, growth opportunities are slowing down

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

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

    Pros

    challenging work environment
    Big company. ok pay and benefits.
    Learning is good and one would get lot of Exposure

    Cons

    Worst place for a developers to start their career. In short, you would be treated like a slave if you join NCS as entry level or contractor or contract (worse... sub contract). You will always have to be in your managers good book if you want to save your job, performance does not matter.
    No empowerment to make decisions or in any case, think. Everyone is geared to become a cog

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management should rethink they way bids and projects are planned. You cannot hide incompetencies in planning / bidding by forcing everyone to do OT and working on weeknd.

    Typically there is seldom any company in glassdoor who score below 50% - I thought NCS infamous rating was overrated.

    I was wrong. You deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Senior Consultant J2EE

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

    I have been working at NCS (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some employees can come late and leave on time without much repercussion
    Generally ok work - 90% of the time the job only requires warm body to man the station

    Cons

    Low pay in general
    Attrition is high
    good people are laving
    company is left with incompetent people whom after some years got promoted
    repeat the cycle
    promotion is rare and really really really depends on your luck (aka which boss do you end up with)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your slaves well
    pay for OT not so much for fairness but for you to see how incompetent your Presales/bid team/ PMs are when doing their job - underbidding, lousy estimations, poor planning are happening again and again because such mistakes never get reflected in P&L - EVER. Grunts suffers and need to sacrifice a lot to compensate for such incompetence or shrewdness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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

    I have been working at NCS (more than an year)

    Pros

    away from city, less traffic
    very forgiving for staff who are making mistakes on daily basis
    lousy managers and staff can survive for many years
    good for retirement

    Cons

    low pay
    bonus not enough considering the pay
    hiring new staff > keeping talented people
    good people leave, lousy ppl get promoted --> questionable managers
    keep staff as contracts like forever
    perm staff tend to be un-fireable. slack
    lack of career advancement
    lack of meaningful experience
    obselete skillset
    not for freshgrad or intern (they will just exploit you)
    many questionabl hr practise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk the talk
    show us the money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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