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National University of Singapore Reviews in Singapore, Singapore

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
250 Reviews
3.9
250 Reviews
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National University of Singapore President TAN Chorh Chuan
TAN Chorh Chuan
90 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is definitely a lot better than most companies and organisations out there (in 21 reviews)

  • nice working environment with strong support from school (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No Bonus, No AWS, Only Basic Salary given (in 7 reviews)

  • At the mercy of PI; no avenue of recourse for greivances if PI decides to work you like a slave, no work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Impressively efficient and organised.

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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 for less than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great colleagues.

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    Current Employee - Professor  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Professor in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The research environment is world class.

    Cons

    Difficulty in placing PhD graduate students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NIL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as a contractor for less than a year

    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.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Similar to other Universities

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    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 for less than a year

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fantastic University.. On its way to be the Stanford of Asia

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    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 for more than 8 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome Internship at NUS

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Meaningful projects to work on.
    Access to bountiful pantry.
    Friendly and nurturing work environment.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve and fast paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Excellent job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good learning and teaching experience!

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, friendly professors and lecturers are ready to offer help whenever needed, and the students are very bright, pleasant, and eager to learn.

    Cons

    More training should be provided to non-local graduate students who are teaching, and there is a significant pressure when it comes to workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have more perks for employees and more time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good working environment

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    Current Employee - Industry Liaison  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Industry Liaison in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Nice and vibrant academical environment

    Cons

    Not clear on career progression

  10.  

    Good welfare with work-life balance but poor prospects, bureaucratic & myopic management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Great for research and academic appointments; excellent work-life balance and welfare

    Cons

    Poor prospects for appointments other than research & academic appointments; slow moving with huge bureaucracy and some turf mentality; some of the senior management aloof from the rank and file with poor people's management skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A relaxed environment to work in as a Research Fellow

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The working environment is very relaxed. You can reach your lab at any time and leave at any time. Reporting officer is also quite lax on the topic of research as long as you publish papers for him

    Cons

    One of the downside is that it is only on a contract basis. You need to continually apply for funding to support yourself. Also, there is no usually no bonus given. Hence, the total package for a research fellow is relatively low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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