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Updated April 24, 2017
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  • Not much of a career progression for research engineer (in 10 reviews)

  • Not much of a career progression for research officers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "good company with casual work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    flexible working hours, flat structure

    Cons

    too little personal space in office


  2. "Research engineer at A*STAR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly and informal office environment

    Cons

    Too focused on KPIs for their own sake


  3. Helpful (22)

    "Flexible time but no prospect for non-phD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible timing
    Good work-life balance
    Pay is decent

    Cons

    Absolutely no career path for non-PhD.
    PhDs gets all the glory and recognition, so no point trying hard to achieve anything while in there.
    No directions.
    Admin, HR and procurements are super inefficient.
    Organization that lost touch with the outside world.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just look at the achievements of PhDs. Very often, it is the research officer and engineer that came up with great ideas but never trumpet about it, and the PhDs came along, wrote papers, and claims all the glory.

    Set directions please. Don't assume that the scientists can set any directions. Very often they are also lost.


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  5. "Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A*Star (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of pros: friendly environment, good working conditions and state of the art equipment, a lot of possibilities.

    Cons

    For Research Projects the delivery time of equipment, chemicals etc. is very long and experiments has to be plant long time in advance.


  6. "Good overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A*Star full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexi benefits, Time Off, Freedom

    Cons

    Job security is not there as whenever research budget cuts u lost your job. Academic minded.
    No career progression, pay is not equivalent to your workload.
    Employee will not make an effort to mingle with new staff, and often have their own cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Know what is happening on the operation end and solve the issue as per promised. Do not solve the issue and ended up create more politics in the work environment.


  7. "unstable organization"

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    Current Employee - Senior Bioinformatics Specialist
    Current Employee - Senior Bioinformatics Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Different research topics, can possibly find area of your interest.

    Cons

    It is an unstable organization, now giving out 1 year contracts. HR is absolutely horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Please identify and have some vision and stick to it for some reasonable time frame. Do not change so quickly and drastically every now and then.


  8. "A* Star Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting projects happening all the times

    Cons

    None for me when I was working there


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    Good research environment, and encouraging people

    Cons

    frequent changes in research directions


  10. "People Oriented Work Environment But Salary Is Too Low"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at A*Star full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are not bad, considering they give out examination leave, flexi benefit, dental benefit, AWS and average 3 months of performance bonus.

    Cons

    Basic Salary is not competitive to other industries at all. They really pay you peanut basic salary. They will only groom employees who are graduated from local universities. Those who are graduated from private universities, please look elsewhere for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Have an open mindset when it comes to grooming employees. Don't be bias.


  11. "Increase effort to engage industry"

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    Current Employee - Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with some of the brightest PhDs and also work life balance

    Cons

    Need to engage with industry more


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