Raffles Design Institute

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Raffles Design Institute Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Company To Work With

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in Banani Model Town (Bangladesh)
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in Banani Model Town (Bangladesh)

    I have been working at Raffles Design Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, will help you gather experience, gradually push you to work hard, easy to travel as they have multiple branches in many different countries

    Cons

    No cons as I enjoyed every time with them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE DO NOT ASSOCIATE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Cross culture
    Distinctive working habit

    Cons

    Gold digger
    Rude people
    Poor work flexibility
    A lot mind games
    Poor quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    SCHOOL WITH NO GRADUATION

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Services in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Student Services in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional Lecturers and Academic Team. The lecturers all strive hard under very lean conditions and virtually minimum support, broken computers, old equipment, etc... but they often produce some of the best graduates in the industry.

    Cons

    Unprofessional Upper Management only concerned with student numbers and cash flow, very short term outlook. The vision and mission of the group is very ideal and noble yet management does not follow a single bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk. Students are forgotten when they graduate, except that if they excel in their work and careers they are chased to be featured for marketing purposes. Students are not given any graduation because it would "cost money"...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Hell of a life

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer
    Current Employee - Lecturer

    I have been working at Raffles Design Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful Chinese students... and places to explore

    Cons

    Bad to work.. nothing much on . Thinking native English speakers are the best in the industry. doesn't need to have any experience from the real industry. Many of the lecturers are unprofessional and having no idea on what to teach. Recruits any one from native English speaking countries since they can speak good English . Had to work for 2 years due to the contract terms and conditions. teachers from business management background teaches design :)

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Unprofessional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute

    Pros

    If you want to get to China from abroad, if you do not care about your career, if you want to get pregnant.

    Cons

    Do not think to be passionate about the subject, teaching or any form of creative attitude on your job, you will be shut down immediately, even fired. Any attempt of being ill / hospitalized it is a cause for dismissal, health costs are not paid.
    A constant situation of terror, from the unprofessional management team on anything you do. That’s their idea of managing their stuff. Clock in and clock out every day.
    Usually, if you have a good professional background it won’t be recognized but will be used against you, as some of the management will consider this as your self-promotion.
    Most of the western staff use the same lawyer to leave RDI, often because they don’t give you the exit papers. Often they ask back the money they spend on you on the airfare, visa and hotel, if you wish to leave before the end of the contract (2/3 years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Terrible experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    you meet interesting colleagues occasional

    Cons

    horrible, terror state of surveillance and mistrust. Managers have no clue of education, they deal with people like factory workers. Horrible facilities, very few holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    resign and hire people who know education to manage it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely unpleasant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Department head knows his stuff and does his best considering the circumstances. Facilities spartan but still pretty good for Mongolia. Friendly, helpful co-workers.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for long and odd work hours. Quick succession of directors over less than 10 years. Upper management bullies staff. Everything takes second place to the almighty dollar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pander to HQ when they hand down illogical/harmful rulings. People want to do their best, so don't sabotage their efforts with false advertising, underpaying and imposing bizarre work conditions. Stop trying to pit employees against each other. Try to care for your workers -- your salary may not be affected by galloping inflation, but your staff's are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad career move & horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Doing great stuff for students with minimum resources. Staff works extremely hard to ensure the students have successful careers.

    Cons

    - Purely focused on profit at the expense of standards, students; unfair treatment of staff and students.
    - Salaries are terrible in Singapore, basically almost a factory worker mentality.
    - Lecturers are disposable. Mediocre program directors fire staff to hide their ignorance and protect themselves.
    - Constantly change staff to keep low salaries.
    - Management needs to be replaced. Staff leave as a result of senior management verbal & economical abuse.
    - No training or career opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all your program directors and get real industry leaders. Respect your local/foreign staff and provide training to increase quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Work is good, but management needs some work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer, Design in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Lecturer, Design in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Raffles Design Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teaching is a great job, and affords a good lifestyle in general. We work independently following a course outline that is provided to us, which we can create materials around. A strong sense of satisfaction if you see your students understand.

    Cons

    Lecturers get the feeling that they are not trusted by management. There's a system of clocking in and clocking out for everyone, as if we were factory workers doing a time based job. People are sent around the classrooms to make sure that teachers are in class, and we must sit in the office during all hours when teachers do not teach. Another difficulty is that the students' level of english is generally quite low so a lot of time needs to be taken to make sure your students understand concepts about design which could be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to do their job. Most people do want to do their best (at least that's what I think), and will work hard if you trust them. You'll find there's more cooperation between staff and management if you give this trust to them. Show that you appreciate your employees. Give them raises that at least meet overall inflation. Don't be cheap!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good salary although no raises once you join...you get to meet many types of people from different cultures as your colleagues.

    Cons

    completely outdated equipment, incompetent college directors and simply a money-making enterprises at the guise of education. The college heads know nothing about academic leadership and are there simply to market the school and get the student numbers up - its a for-profit company listed in the singapore stock exchange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk the talk - no more promises to students you cannot keep

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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