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Updated February 13, 2017
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  1. "unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    I don't really think there are any that come to mind at the moment. Some employees are nice.

    Cons

    very unorganized staff. Over worked and way underpaid staff

    Advice to Management

    increase employee salary


  2. "Good Research, good benefit."

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at A-Star full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ample funds for basic and translational research activities. You usually have some freedom to work on the project you proposed. Good pay and generous annual and personal leaves.

    Cons

    No permanent research position in some institutions. Core budget is being cut, so that researchers have to spend more time on grant application.


  3. "scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at A-Star full-time

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    contract based, career path is not good

    Advice to Management

    give more training course


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  5. "Okok but change too much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at A-Star full-time

    Pros

    Flex working hours and ok pay scale

    Cons

    Too much changes in a short time

    Advice to Management

    Staff communication is not enough, feel unstable


  6. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A-Star full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits and nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Unclear management directions that keeps changing every now and then. Things were better before functionalisation. No worklife balance as you are expected to share/take over workload of other colleagues who left. Lack of training opportunities for corporate staff

    Advice to Management

    Please make up your mind about it, plan ahead and give clear directions. You are overworking your existing pool of staff when you choose to freeze headcount. Do give enough time for your staff to streamline the processes and listen to them.Treat your junior officers and senior officers equally. Least, the senior officers be bullied by the junior officers.


  7. "Performance Scoring of Singing Voice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    friendly working environment, knowledgeable stuff

    Cons

    maybe a kind of stress


  8. "Scientist"

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

    Pros

    Good environment with good colleague

    Cons

    too much paper work to do, lot of complaint


  9. "Many exciting opportunities albeit layered with bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A-Star full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wide exposure for portfolio building. Leadership can be more focused in streamlining vision and outlining clearly strategy to grow staff.

    Cons

    Remuneration could be better. Many layers of bureaucracy at various places impedes staff motivation to want to stay on much less develop passion.

    Advice to Management

    Chances should also be given to non-scholars to advance in career and given more options to learn.


  10. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing place to work in

    Cons

    stressful culture sometimes. management can look into it


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Highly educated housekeeper"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well funded laboratories
    Cutting-edge equipment and technology
    Place to learn new techniques

    Cons

    Anything short of Phd gets you discriminated against

    Advice to Management

    Research Officers manages the lab on top of doing research work.
    Please provide them with the basics too - a clean office area (instead of placing them in lab bench) and a working computer (instead of sharing a common computer with everyone else)



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