National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Working times are such that it gives you a great work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • The working environment is very relaxed (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • No career progression and limited career growth (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. NUS Research Engineer

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great environment to work, good resources, competitive group.

    Cons

    lack of extra social activities,


  2. Some things made easy, some things made hard

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    As a Westener working in Singapore, the people at this institution make me feel very welcome. The workplace is well organised and therefore can be quickly understood, and the administrators are quite efficient in helping you, within their remit. This lets you get on with your research without too much fuss, and be as productive as you can be. There is an annual review/assessment with the prospect of a bonus, pay rise, and/or promotion, that makes the job feel like it might be heading somewhere, which is not always the case in academia. Nice campus to work on, easy transport, food, gym, facilities etc. Pay and benefits decent. The quality of those other researchers around you will depend on the specific group/department within which you work, so I don't discuss that here.

    Cons

    Perhaps the downside of the high organisation is that sometimes you have to jump through bureaucratic hoops. Expect on occasion to have to take some time out of work to watch a series of lectures and pass a surprisingly detailed exam (all online) on fire safety or conflicts of interests, then fill out a long end of year assessment that is probably only read by someone you talk to anyway. A lot of administration is done through a not-so-good online system.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have too many problems with the management. Perhaps the only thing to mention is that they should keep working to reduce the bureaucratic workload for researchers down, as after all this can only stimy their output.


  3. Nice place to stay

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. And you can walk through the campus just like a student.

    Cons

    Life is a little bit boring.


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  5. Research assistant

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    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am currently a student there so i was familiar with the standards and know the professor and supervisor before the internship. Good learning experience since it was my first time conducting research, and performing all the necessary academic procedures were relatively interesting.

    Cons

    However, due to the lack of funds, the pay was not very competitive and the timeline of the project was rather short. This meant that the learning curve was relatively steep, and the pace was very fast, which made the project rather exciting to work on.


  6. research fellow or research scientist

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    weekends don't need to work

    Cons

    pay is not very high.

    Advice to Management

    should raise salary and more benefits


  7. Research Anaylst

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning environment with good progression and learning curve. People are willing to teach.

    Cons

    Education industry where things are limited and not as fast paced as other industry.


  8. Administrator

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Kent Ridge (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Kent Ridge (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a good environment to work. Able to find colleagues willing to teach others.

    Cons

    Not much benefits or stability as contract staff. Takes time to be converted to permanent staff.


  9. 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.


  10. Research Lab Work in NUS

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    Current Contractor - Laboratory Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Laboratory Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Easy to access the uni via the MRT - Cheap food on campus - Pay increases yearly - Good work-life balance - Comfortable work environment

    Cons

    - Sometimes lab work/experiments can have a touch of uncertainty as you may have to come in during weekends and/or after office hours. But those are usually few and far between. - Be prepared for failed experiments especially in the first year of work. Research is never easy. - Being paid on a research grant that will expire means your job is not 100% stable unless your PI is able to acquire new grants frequently to keep the lab open and running. - If you're not too interested in research, this position may not suit you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look after your employees welfare.


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

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    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.



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