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A*Star Reviews

Updated Sep 13, 2019

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A*Star CEO Raj Thampuran
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  1. "good company with casual work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    flexible working hours, flat structure

    Cons

    too little personal space in office

    A*Star2017-02-10
  2. "Good start to career"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 

    I worked at A*Star full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, strong rapport among colleagues, pro-family and work-life balance

    Cons

    Work can get repetitive.

    A*Star2019-04-29
  3. "Ok place to work"

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    I have been working at A*Star

    Pros

    Good support staff to help with facilities management.

    Cons

    People are rather uptight about sharing about their work

    A*Star2017-05-23
  4. "Research engineer at A*STAR"

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    I worked at A*Star

    Pros

    Friendly and informal office environment

    Cons

    Too focused on KPIs for their own sake

    A*Star2015-10-29
  5. Helpful (32)

    "Flexible time but no prospect for non-phD"

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

    I have been working at A*Star full-time for 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.

    A*Star2014-05-21
  6. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A*Star full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A*Star has plenty of resources

    Cons

    The bulk system may not be very flexible

    A*Star2019-09-13
  7. "research in A*STAR"

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    Current Employee - Scientist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A*Star full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    more down to earth research, interaction with industry partners

    Cons

    Things move at a pretty fast pace. One must learn how to be adaptive.

    Advice to Management

    have an email box for employers to raise concerns and for the concerns to be address during all staff meetings.

    A*Star2019-08-18
  8. "Scientist II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and provides learning opportunities.

    Cons

    No clear direction for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Appoint a capable person as RO and team lead

    A*Star2019-08-29
  9. "Post-doc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    Great facility, equipments and expertise

    Cons

    budget cut and hence not much support for basic science

    A*Star2019-08-28
  10. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    flexibility, many smart people to learn from in a multiphysics environment, good facilities for conducting research, conference travelling opportunities

    Cons

    no cons (depends on your supervisor and people you work with)

    A*Star2019-08-02
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