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SPRING Singapore Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
12 Reviews

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  1.  

    Fulfilling job but conservative management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Officer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Officer in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Good teams, driven colleagues. The environment is relatively younger compared with other government organizations. The organization also engages the local SME businesses and has built a reputation for being a respected organization.
    Employees are also given the responsibility to plan their work, and are given flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    In general, the management is rather conservative in many aspects, such as utilising social media.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fulfilling

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Comfortable culture. Make mistakes without getting penalized.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Poor communication from senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start talking more to your lower level staff.

  3.  

    Unhealthy Office Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Officer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Officer in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    The salaries are competitive if you are well-liked by management. A fresh graduate senior officer can easily reach senior manager within 3 to 4 years and draw more than $5,000 per month

    Cons

    If you have a weak or self-serving, arrogant reporting officer, it is time to look for a new job. You progress depends more on your reporting officer than what you actually do. Over time, the capable and motivated staff will leave, while people who perform superficially gets promoted... resulting in a very weak middle management. Consequently, top management gets disconnected from the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you like work-life balance...

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

    Pros

    The job itself:

    If you apply for a job in Industry Development, then you will definitely get to see the small business landscape in Singapore. You will account manage about 20-30 small companies and meet them on a regular basis to provide them with incentives and an avenue for them to gripe about the latest government policies. Within 2 years you will almost certainly have a very good perspective of a particular industry and what ails it or keeps it going.

    Perks:

    There is probably no better job for the amount of work you put in than working for the government, especially a Ministry of Trade & Industry-related statutory board. Bonuses are tied partly to performance, ranking between employees, and the GDP. Expect a minimum of 15 months' pay annually if you are of average performance.

    Training:

    You will receive a minimum one-month orientation training that includes some general training on the values of the agency. But don't expect to learn much from it - the real training comes on the job.

    Cons

    Job scope:

    Be prepared to do a lot of unrelated things to your job scope if you join. If you are in Industry Development, for instance, be prepared to deprioritise what is supposed to be your main job as compared to taking on flashy, meaningless projects that will look make management look good. Ultimately, don't forget that the job is a political tool for the incumbent government - millions of dollars in cash grants are disbursed every year for companies who may or may not deserve them.

    Office culture:

    There is essentially no culture of improvement in the organisation. If you want to make any internal changes, there is no point taking any initiative to do it unless it is driven by the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Job scope:

    There is a clear disconnect between the following:

    a) The official job description, i.e. account management of SMEs in a particular industry;
    b) The actual job, i.e. writing speeches for ministers, organising trips and conferences by thinking of where to go first before thinking of the objective, and other projects, PLUS account management; and
    c) How we are assessed during appraisals/rankings, i.e. the "side stuff" is what actually gets you a good grade rather than the account management work.

    This causes some major issues. People get disillusioned about how they no longer have time to do what is supposed to be their main job. And ultimately, doing the "side stuff" is a matter of chance. How are officers selected to be part of committees? I can almost guarantee that it is not a result of merit, but favour. Conclusion: career opportunities here are largely a result of chance.

    To change that, fix the disconnect between these three things. If not, expect a consistently high staff turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Bureacratic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Patient learning environment focused on ppt slides creation/ management presentations, room for accomodating learning mistakes/minor errors

    Cons

    Indecisive senior management afraid of making the wrong decision, bureacratic layers upon layers to obtain a final yes/no, absolutely no work-life balance (department dependent) and high turnover for staff after suffering a couple of years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower each department director to make management decisions with room for minor errors accomodated. Upgrade IT infrastructure and make use of time saving technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Career Development Depends On Your Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Senior management is approachable and knowledgeable. Staff welfare is good.
    It is possible to learn a lot about the Singapore economy from daily work and assigned projects

    Cons

    There is too much back stabbing and office politics in some departments. This is not conducive to work and creates tension, distrust in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Continue to engage staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic and heirarchical organization. Ineffective and fear to take initiative and do the necessary.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Welfare for employees and good compensation

    Cons

    Not transparent with information even within department. People are generally not progressive. Fear to take initiative to do the neccesary. Time wasted in meetings that discuss minor details. No trust and autonomy given. You will not be appreciated for being progressive if you bring more work and challenges for the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on self interest and more on duty. Be more progressive and open minded, less on details and more on the big picture. Get real work done, we are not primary school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Enriching

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are nice and there is job stability

    Cons

    There is no work life balance

  10.  

    Very friendly office culture

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

    Pros

    Flexible, little office politics, Good welfare

    Cons

    Working days can get boring at times but this is not unique to this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more approachable

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good exposure to SME industry, but little skillsets acquired

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

    Pros

    Family culture, good work life balance

    Cons

    Few transferable skills developed over the course of my time there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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