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Updated December 6, 2017
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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. "Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good support staff to help with facilities management.

    Cons

    People are rather uptight about sharing about their work

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (24)

    "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.


  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    Clever people, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Slow progress, no career prospects


  6. "Trying to be but need to focus"

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

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

    Pros

    ARTC has new offices, very green environment, new equipment, international working environment, relatively flexible working hours, dynamic atmosphere, friendly colleagues. Reasonable benefits, reasonable leave days.

    Cons

    Top down management (maybe less compared to other A*Stars institution but still pretty much Asian style), little personal space and move office too often, too much distracting activities that is non-productive, cannot decide if it wants to be an industry-focused research centre or a technological show-case. Too much distraction to focus on getting a real success story. Not much career perspective, people working here for more than 3 years, unless have previous industrial experience, will find it difficult to move out. Misuse of resources for various task creating more hindrance and frustration.
    Contract base, not stable. Average to below average pay range especially if you are fresh graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Resource management, assign tasks to appropriate resource with the right skill set. Conduct training only because it is really needed. Reduce noise and distractions and focus on fewer real value adding activities and projects . Build in-house capability before you run.


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    "Prestigious place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    The technology is world class and you get to meet a lot of very smart people.

    Cons

    Depending on who you work for, some group leaders can be slave drivers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest a bit more on the career development of your researchers if possible.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great working environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very flexible working time. friendly colleges. Enjoy great culture here

    Cons

    Just as most research institute, not too exciting


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A*Star full-time

    Pros

    flexible working culture if having good boss
    good facilities

    Cons

    a little bit hard for promotion


  10. "lacks work space"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Officer in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Officer in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A*Star full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    more relaxed, decent starting pay

    Cons

    very difficult career progression, pay increments are pathetic, they overwork you and make you do things that does not cover your pay grade. decent working enviroment and friendly staff. workplaces are extremely crammed


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