National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is much independence in conducting research and most PIs will trust you to lead your part.

    Cons

    There is little guidance, training, professional enhancements courses, etc. Hard to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employee development and mentor-ship, as well as professional development courses for research staff.


  2. My review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good infrasctructure to work with

    Cons

    things are done slowly. not very proactive co workers


  3. Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Research Assistant (RA) in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant (RA) in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent labs, great environment to learn. The supervisor is very supportive and accommodating.

    Cons

    The work life balance tends to depend upon the supervisor you are working for.


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  5. Temp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good opportunity for independent learning

    Cons

    Working environment was not as pleasant.


  6. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to know many friends at once. Being the teaching assistant suddenly makes one the most popular guy in the room by default.

    Cons

    Spent lots of hours grading students' code submissions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Post-Docs and Research Fellowships - A good opportunity but know the downsides

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Kent Ridge (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Kent Ridge (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NUS has some excellent opportunities for post-doctoral and advanced fellowships in the social sciences and the humanities. These fellowships are offered by colleges, departments and special institutes and are great opportunities for junior scholars to complete research programs in the region. The caliber of intellectual engagement at NUS is very high, and the university is committed to becoming the premier university in SEA. Fellows will generally find a collegial atmosphere that is supportive of innovative research. Research money is available and most fellows are permitted (and expected) to travel for fieldwork for part of their fellowship. Life in Singapore is pleasant and safe and it is easy to access the rest of the region, East Asia, and Australia from the island.

    Cons

    The cost of living in Singapore is exorbitant and NUS generally does not provide faculty housing or substantive housing allowance for junior fellows and postdoctoral researchers, instead prioritizing more senior and 'big name' researchers and providing them with housing. The average cost of renting a public housing block apartment in Singapore now stands at between 50-70% of a post-doctoral fellow's monthly salary (including the paltry housing allowance provided for foreign fellows). Single fellows can compensate by sharing housing with other fellows or renting a room, but married fellows or those with children are increasingly finding it difficult to make ends meet. Fellows doing research on Singaporean life (particularly politics) need to be aware of some potential for restrictions on intellectual freedom. Singapore is a pleasant place to live with many amenities for families. It is, however, somewhat sterile and the cost of amenities (particularly alcohol - which is subject to a 100%+ luxury tax) can be steep. Families with children will need to consider schooling options - public school is an option although it may not be appropriate for all children and work permit holders have lowest priority in the school system. Many excellent international schools are located in Singapore, however these tend to be quite expensive and NUS does not provide a tuition subsidy.

    Advice to Management

    Provide on-campus housing to post-doctoral and junior fellows. The cost of living is so high - particularly rent - that NUS will lose top candidates unless it starts extending more housing assistance to those who need it the most.


  8. Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    This job can well balance between life and work

    Cons

    No bright and clear career plan


  9. It's awesome

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible, always exploring new technologies

    Cons

    Small team in Singapore, remote work


  10. Flexible Working time

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Clementi New Town (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Clementi New Town (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Always can learn new things

    Cons

    the job is usually contract based. Have to search for new position after one or two years working.

    Advice to Management

    no


  11. Research assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexible working hours, responsible supervisor

    Cons

    slow pay increment unless you obtain higher degree

    Advice to Management

    none



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