Nanyang Technological University

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Nanyang Technological University Reviews in Singapore

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
146 Reviews
3.5
146 Reviews
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Nanyang Technological University President Prof Bertil Andersson
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Pros
  • work life balance is good, resource is tremendous but inefficiently utilized (in 18 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours (which implies responsibility) (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary, less exposure, less learning opportunity (in 5 reviews)

  • No career advancement and very little transferable skills (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    As a researcher, a lot depends on your boss

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow
    Former Employee - Research Fellow

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with smart people and on interesting projects,relatively simple relations, little politics at researcher level, 21 days of annual leave, flexibility in working hours (no overtime pay, though).

    Cons

    Not easy to change the project if your boss is stuck with something you don't agree with; Projects can be "of academic interest only"; Average salary and low monetary incentive to excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to interact and collaborate with the industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Research fellow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working time, good environments. Supervisors are nice and world-class.

    Cons

    Location is far from city center and salary is not high.

  3.  

    Student Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Student Research Assistant

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, relaxed and friendly environment

    Cons

    No career progression, no mentoring from supervisor, colleagues are too relaxed and slow. Basically great for people who only want to have a stable income but easy life. Won't learn much transferable skills either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good research atmosphere

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Scholar in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - PhD Research Scholar in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I'm pursuing my PhD degree in NTU. The supervisor and group members are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Need to publish several papers before graduation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Officer

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

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University

    Pros

    This work is very Flexible.

    Cons

    Project based and not permanent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Research Fellow in NTU

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University

    Pros

    A great university. The collogues are professional.

    Cons

    The salary is a little low.

  8.  

    good place for those who dont have ambition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University

    Pros

    colleagues are friendly and helpful. a good environment close to nature. good for those who dont have career aspiration and wish to retire.

    Cons

    some colleagues dont believe in empowerment and make decisions without considering other colleagues's feelings. some show favortism and bias to favourites7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be less bias. show less favortism. reward and show encouragement to staff. better compensation package.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I am a PhD student working on characterization and control of hysteresis in the piezoelectric actuator.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University

    Pros

    Working together with professors of different background and communication with them benefit me a lot. Specially, their research achievements and experience are of special value for my study and open my horizon.

    Cons

    Waiting for the manufacturing of my setup took a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope technicians in the workshops are more efficient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    More sob stories than fairytales

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sits quietly at the very end of the west and surrounded by nature. General benefits are ok with a lot of annual leave. HR do conduct some trainings for staff.

    Cons

    Inconvenient work place. Progression is slow and very limited growth in this company. Increment is pathetic and one person can be asked to take up 2-4 people's jobs because they are cutting corporate side manpower cost and spending more on hiring professors and research instead.

    Too many bad things to comment about the management so I shall summarise them in a few sentences/words: Bureucratic, incompetent, top-bottom approach, reactive rather than proactive, because management are run by the academics (professors), they do not care much about non-academic staff's lives and deaths. They pumped in a lot of money into research to boost the ranking which obviously looks so good on the outside but the core of the apple is rotten. It rots till you can smell it from NUS *NUS is laughing*.

    Corporate side, a lot of kiasee colleagues asking for black and white documents for every little thing (on average 5 papers for one simple request). You will work with people who are here because of (little) but stable income. Nobody wants to help the organisation thrive or become better. People who only do what they need to do at work and go home. People who have no motivation to achieve something in life. People who refused to respond to you when they cannot answer your queries. I am not saying everyone in NTU is like this as I have met many competent and talented colleagues. Those talented ones have mostly left, some still remain but is mainly because of the bad job market out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up your ideas. Listen to your staff who know best what they are doing. Fire those incompetent and mouldy workers who are here to free load and laze. Be decisive and stop switching and adding even more layers of administrative work (like NSS). Let non-academics be in-charge side by side with the academics because you don't know well what the corporate world is all about. You only care about academic ranking. Bear in mind without non-academics help, you cannot do anything except to teach and conduct your research.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University

    Pros

    good working environment and people around you

    Cons

    bad career development for long term

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