National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
258 Reviews
3.8
258 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working times are such that it gives you a great work-life balance (in 25 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.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    poor culture and environment to work and learn in

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    Bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    Satisfactory experience working at NUS

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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 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get chance to learn more about research

    Cons

    limited work scope, less benefits and salary for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should increase benefits for research staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A pleasant place to build a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Very strong scientific community to interact with
    2. Excellent resources
    3. Global attraction of talents

    Cons

    Can have better benefits/remuneration for post-PhD holders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    simple, friendly environment. not stress for intern.

    Cons

    There is limited opportunities for growth

  10.  

    Nice time in NUS

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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 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. A lot to learn. Good place for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    By contract. Hard to get promoted.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good

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

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    not stressful, good for work/life balance

    Cons

    career oppotunities, low salary and bonus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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