National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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National University of Singapore President TAN Chorh Chuan
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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. Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working environment. No presure

    Cons

    HR works slow. Difficult to communicate with HR.


  2. NUS Research Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    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,


  3. 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.


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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. 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.


  7. Research Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, nice management, many smart persons

    Cons

    Contract job, limited career development

    Advice to Management

    N.A.


  8. Postdoc Research Fellow

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    Location, multi disciplinary projects, friendly staff. The professor makes all the difference

    Cons

    Too much red tape for certain administrative matters. Requires time to clear the backlog


  9. National University of Singapore

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    Research staff get 28 days of leave from the start. Subsidized healthcare with insurance. Discounted food.

    Cons

    Contract work. Relatively low salary. Nothing much to add really.


  10. Researcher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed. Relaxed. Relaxed. Relaxed. Relaxed.

    Cons

    Not much carreer advancement around.


  11. research fellow or research scientist

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    • Senior Management
    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



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