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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
253 Reviews
3.8
253 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working times are such that it gives you a great work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The working environment is good in general: modern facility, nice college (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Also, there is no usually no bonus given (in 8 reviews)

  • Not clear on career progression (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    PhD Programme in NUS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good facility, good staff, good research environment, strong research faculty and lab group.

    Cons

    Long working hours, a little low salary compared to the high living cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lifelong journey

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    There are rooms for personal improvement.

    Cons

    Academic focus is too strong

  3.  

    It is political and out of the way from the rest of Singapore but I liked the people there.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore

    Pros

    Great facilities, love the co-workers

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, out of the way from Singapore,

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    Challenging Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Latest research topics being worked on. Highly challenging project work happenning in SOC in NUS. Good personal skills with superiors.

    Cons

    No Bonus, No AWS, Only Basic Salary given. Also contract is usually given for one year. Should be suitable for a phD candidate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation Benefits should be addressed.

  6.  

    Academic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible time. Not to bad salary. No pressure.

    Cons

    No bonus. No career track. Not relevant to industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a career track for R&D Engineer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Overworked and underpaid staff. How to create good education if staff are not even taken care of!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cheap (er) food, good leave for executives (21 days for fresh grad)
    Fun culture.

    Cons

    lower pay compared to market
    slow to recognise high potential staff
    bureaucracy, many layers to the top
    Do not take staff suggestions seriously (company bullying individuals)
    Overworked around the year, and requests to reduce workload are ignored, affecting staff morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate staff more, give Off in lieu days and compensate staff fairly when expecting them to work on weekends for stay in programs.
    Don't pressure staff to do more and more projects with the same amount of manpower, and ignore them when they flag out unsustainability of work pace. It creates dissatisfaction and reduces staff loyalty over the long term
    Also, being regularly overworked reduces creativity and the ability to improve on existing programs

    Especially when NUS is a Institute of Higher Learning (IHL), how can staff be expected to education students on life skills, when they themselves are so pressured that they can't take care of their own lives.

    For student care professionals, the work nature is full of sudden 'fires'. If the staff are stretched to 100% capacity normally, there will be no capacity to handle sudden issues which are the nature of Student Affairs professionals, and this creates a permanent year round overload. Over time, people will burn out and leave, and expertise can never be built up within the organization

    Treat your staff well, and your customers will naturally be treated well too!!

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

    Great student experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Resourceful, competitive, surplus funding and world class research

    Cons

    Can be inflexible at times if you deviate from the "norms"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more understanding of student issues and cut down copious amount of paper work needed for trivial things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    poor culture and environment to work and learn in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Executive  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    there is no pros in my opinion

    Cons

    Poor leadership skills from the management, result-orientated, only cares about the end product. Management is demanding (depends which school), employees having poor work-life balance. If the management doesn't like you and / or is unable to control you, they will find ways to make you leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No employees will work happy or stay long with low morale. More encouragement, less judgmental and believe less in rumours will ease the tension within the team. Be more professional. Should go more courses to increase professionalism on how to manage a team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Bad place to work

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

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None. The job as a whole is terrible. Pay you peanuts.

    Cons

    Long hours and lack of rewards for hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kinder to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work-life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as a contractor

    Pros

    Work-life balance is definitely a lot better than most companies and organisations out there. The colleagues that I worked with were friendly and easy to get along with. The workload was manageable most of the time.

    Cons

    The work was quite repetitive and observed that there wasn't much career progression.

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