National University of Singapore

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Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Crippling environment mismanaged by academics.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible benefits.
    Varied food choices for lunch.

    Cons

    The university has a history of springing academics into management positions for which they are thoroughly unequipped. For example, my department's main role was to partner foreign universities in exchange arrangements and encourage students to sign up for exchange programmes. However, we were first led by a professor of dentistry, who was then succeeded by a professor of linguistics. Until today, I'm still not sure how having good teeth or a frighteningly extensive vocabulary helped our work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing academics into positions for which they are not qualified.

  2. Postdoc in NUS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Didn't see any pros. I mean, it's a well known university, but there are many well known ones, and NUS doesn't stand out too much from them in terms of working comfort or anything that adds value to the working life.

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratized. For a research university one has to fill up endless forms and attend endless trainings, when am I supposed to do the actual research?

    Advice to Management

    Cut the paperwork, let the secretaries and the purchasing department deal with it. Trust more to your employees.

  3. From PhD perspective

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment is good in general: modern facility, nice college. The work schedule is quite flexible.

    Cons

    The welfare is not so good. No free tea and coffee break. The air-con doesn't work at weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the working environment by adding more service.

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  5. Impressively efficient and organised.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge compound with lots of very affordable food and unbeatable transportation within the compound. Great staff benefits.

    Cons

    Tonnes of paperwork given the amount of administrative work involved in procurement and multi-step processes. Rigid structure makes it unsuitable for a creative individual.

  6. Part time for a couple of months

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    Former Employee - Casual Staff in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Casual Staff in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible timing, bosses are approachable.

    Cons

    the turnover rate is ridiculously high which could lead to low morale.

  7. Student's review

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    Current Employee - Student in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Student in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Facilities are world class, at least in most of the labs, classrooms, lecture halls etc., compared to a public university in the US where I spent 6 months.

    Cons

    This is definitely NOT a place where they encourage you set your path in academia, nor do they provide much help or encouragement if you wish to. Some faculty members are of the lowest quality.

  8. Similar to other Universities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are similar to working at any university, access to a gym, pool, tennis courts, and libraries.

    Cons

    I am not originally from Singapore, but the health insurance policy was very poor. I have not been able to fully understand what is and is not covered. Preexisting conditions are not covered unless you have been an employee for more than 1 year. The system for filing an insurance claim in not very clear.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Graduate Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working times are such that it gives you a great work-life balance. Compensation is fair. Great learning experience and very friendly environment. Highly Professional.

    Cons

    No negatives from me. I was happy with my experience.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Fantastic University.. On its way to be the Stanford of Asia

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

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good benefits. Word class colleagues. NUS is on its way to being among the very best in the world. The resources available to do research are amazing. The students are also extremely bright.

    Cons

    Can be a little bureaucratic. Lots of paper trail for everything. Much better terms for expat faculty compared to local faculty. Singaporeans do not recognize the value of this institution.

  11. Great colleagues.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Professor in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The research environment is world class.

    Cons

    Difficulty in placing PhD graduate students.

    Advice to Management

    NIL

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