Singapore Armed Forces

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Singapore Armed Forces Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
142 Reviews
3.6
142 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food, once in a lifetime training (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is good with very generous leave schemes (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Red tape is stifling - inefficiency is also rampant (in 14 reviews)

  • super long working hours at times (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Growth of a leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Officer
    Former Employee - Officer

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best place to grow in a tough environment where people are around to guide you through your mistakes

    Cons

    The inefficiency at times can be irritating. But it's a big organisation after all and that's bound to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nil

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best

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

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces

    Pros

    Good training, interesting places and interesting work

    Cons

    Horrible management, top down approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Naval Divers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great training and life learning experiences. Made some of my best friends within the Naval Diving Unit and I will take away skills that I have never imagined.

    Cons

    It is a small unit within its own facilities. Communications with other camps is low. Culture within the camp does not necessarily fit everyone's personality.

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  5.  

    Good experience

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

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Met lots of great people here, made lots of good friends. Got to learn a lot here, both in terms of hard and soft skills. Learned to interact with people in various settings.

    Cons

    Regimentation took some getting used to, and more institutional flexibility would be desirable. Also, one's experience is highly dependent on the people you're surrounded by. Work was also a little monotonous.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ops Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces

    Pros

    Great exposure to the mechanisms behind training and operations. Opportunities to interact with other arms of the organisation. Great office culture and rapport from staff. Job where keeping fit is relevant and pays off well.

    Cons

    Layers of red tape and measures can be stifling and impede efficiency, especially when work requires prompt delivery of certain tools and equipment. Environment where innovation and creative thinking is not actively espoused. Repetitive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink measures and processes so as to cut down unnecessary delays that will affect efficiency.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Physical Training Instructor (Headquarters Instructor)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Enrich and expose young men to variaties of individuals.
    - Allowing new members to take charge and exercise 'real deals' such as live weapons and executing training protocols in real hazardous environment.
    - Induce confidence in every member.

    Cons

    - Rigidity in rank-promotion structure, i.e. impossible to switch track from NCO to Officer after age of 26, making it especially difficult for experienced soldiers to communicate to higher level officers with regards to certain barriers faced by the lower ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study and emulate the US Military with regards to the dual-track promotion, i.e. the possibility of allowing Non-Commissioned Officers to become Officers upon completion of OCS training, regardless of age, and based on military performance/merits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    2 years of various unforgettable experiences that can change one's life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Singapore Armed Forces full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to develop interpersonal and leadership skills. Good place to build up fitness and discipline

    Cons

    limited progression if one does not sign a full time contract with the company

  9.  

    Not too bad a company

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

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You go through tough times together, eat together, march together. In the end you get a sense of brotherhood and experiences that will last you a lifetime.

    Cons

    You will always undoubtedly have some guys that do not want to cooperate, but you will not be able to do anything about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have more channels of feedback, and make it legit channels because no matter what you will have to go back to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best experience if you are posted overseas.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Perm Staff in Pingtung (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Perm Staff in Pingtung (Taiwan)

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High overseas allowance, opportunity to tour extensively on off-days, colleagues can be mean and political, can be physically exhausting during peak periods.

    Cons

    Boss-dependent, quality of posting severely depends on your superiors, no space for personal growth, every man for themselves, easy to pick up bad habits such as smoking and gambling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff, ensure junior staff are not bullied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Platoon Commander

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Platoon Commander in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Platoon Commander in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Singapore Armed Forces full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As an officer: good pay, great benefits, depending on your appointment you might be able to influence to lives of many other people (hopefully for the better).

    Cons

    Huge organization with much bureaucratic red tape. Sometimes/usually people care more about not screwing up rather than actually getting stuff done right and done well. Long working hours but if you really believe in what you're doing this should not be an issue.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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