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  1. "RA"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant Coordinator June in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Coordinator June in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good exposure to data analysis in accounting

    Cons

    Have to grasp the main idea of whatever Professor told you


  2. "Very Good, job satisfaction was rewarding, I was a team player."

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    Former Employee - Accounting Technician
    Former Employee - Accounting Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Being the holder of all of the Government's bank account, there is much to be learnt about the functions of the Department. this Department works closely with the Ministry of Finance, where all guidelines that governs the function of Government is created and implemented.

    Cons

    The workload is heavy in comparison to the staff that carries out the functions hence, staff members are over worked.

    Advice to Management

    get some more people on board to alleviate the workload which will result in a smoother running of the Department.


  3. "INTERN"

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    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of early responsibilities along with competitive pay and many training courses offered

    Cons

    A bit too stressful and a lot of requirements to meet as well as deadlines

    Advice to Management

    good job


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't even try if you do not have degree in one of the local uni (NUS or NTU). For diploma & career driven don't try!"

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

    Pros

    -My department generally are good because there's no micromanage.
    -Colleague genuinely are friendly, approachable and helpful.
    -Fresh graduate who are really interested in public finance do try but it is not very relevant to the private sector.
    -For those who want to get an easy life this will be the work place for you (disclaimer easy life = underpay(MSO)).

    Cons

    -Management have a very narrow minded in one employee qualification. You will be condemn if you are not a graduate in any of the two local university (NUS or NTU not even considering SMU).
    -Management don't believe in experienced employees.
    -Management always give fresh graduate to manage the experience which is kind of downfall for a back office operation. Multiple reason constitute to this as one of the cons. No experience in manage in a much mature environment. Tendency to take side and having strong prejudice against certain people. Due to the fact that the managing is from fresh graduate different style of working or standard operating procedure. Causes a lot of discrepancy and inefficiency in later part of the operation as one might already left the company.
    -Mid-management have tendency of not speaking out their mind.
    -Not much guidance given to management support staff.
    -Overhead is overkill many worker but not enough work.
    -Some of the young, experienced employee tend to be dogmatic.
    -Not much career growth in this organisation if you are MSO. (Fastest promotion time for MSO 2 years and it is due to retaining the personnel in average promotion rate for MSO is 3 - 6 years)
    -Don't even try if you do not have any passion in public service. As it is easy to get in but difficult to get out to private sector!!!
    -A lot of passive aggressive colleagues in this organisation maybe due to the unappreciative and underpaid job.
    -For people who are career driven but do not have the qualification Do Not Try Here. You will feel unappreciative very soon and you might be wasting your time and energy fighting for performance. Also no one will really take your view seriously!
    -Management tend not to give a clear guidance even work is not satisfied they would deem that you are incompetent and start by punishing you by giving less work or near zero work.

    Advice to Management

    -For the upcoming new management please listen to the ground appreciate their wealth of knowledge. and also appreciate those working on the ground.
    -Please have a proper work load allocation for the new comer (they really want to learn and work and yet been put on idle, management is withholding them to do the proper job) and stop discriminate people who are different by give them near to zero work. Employee are important to an organisation look at one on their strength and cultivate them and not their weakness.
    -Please give more opportunity to the Management Support Officer, there are many who have the trait of a good leader support and develop them (stop the discriminate practice on only developing graduate employees the MSO are paying a high opportunity cost just by not exposing enough)


  6. "Very good pay, but otherwise not an encouraging place to work in"

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

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept full-time

    Pros

    Extremely good pay for fresh graduates. Generally pro work-life balance if you are not directly under scrutiny for your projects. Good working location, with rather good lunch places.

    Cons

    Discouraging place for newcomers who are looking for some support to overcome the learning curve in a new working environment. Unclear strategic objectives, with the organization's focus mostly guided by temperament.

    Advice to Management

    Be conscious of the fact that at the management level, you cannot afford to, and do not value-add, by doing micro-management. Radically changing the direction of the team should be based on valid and sound judgement supported by a wealth of experience in the related field, instead of overturning the boat just for the fun of it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lousiest management ever"

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

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High pay but at the expense of your humiliation. Good colleagues but are already worn out by top management.

    Cons

    Unclear directions from top management and poor leadership. Senior management is leading employees like kids in circles. Unappreciative of your efforts and initiatives and blames you for every mistake you make. Boss judges you if you are spotted talking to the wrong people in the office. Staff can't even clear their leave regardless of the number of days they are entitled to. And your managers get blamed for allowing you to go on leave if the boss suddenly notices your absence, but ironically, managers also get blamed for not allowing you to clear leave when it's reaching year end. Forget about worklife balance if you get posted to the operational branches. Try work life integration instead where work is your life and your life is about work.

    Advice to Management

    You should be the one needing a mirror, not your employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not for the weak"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I believe that most of the reviews here are rather pessimistic and do not give enough credit to the department. A grossly understated benefit from employment at AGD is the immediate appreciation for any other future workplace. Think of this as basic military training for employment.

    All employees are thrust into positions of accountability without power, and this creates an interesting situation which is also somewhat ironic as you are working for the Accountant General. Given the challenging nature of policy work and variety of projects, this is a fantastic opportunity for learning via blame.

    Management regularly forgets / second guesses decisions already made and is most likely overworked. Therefore, all employees are trained to be extremely efficient to optimize workflow to make time for insignificant / cosmetic corrections which will account for about 80% of your time, including overtime [unpaid :( ]. It is not uncommon to work during weekends. It is my opinion that management makes terrible and asinine decisions frequently, but what do I know? You are also trained (somewhat) to make decisions for management, and as a bonus you will also be solely responsible for any suboptimal outcome.

    Another feature of the blame game is that it is shared among all. Usually in accounting firms, the different levels of hierarchy shelter blame from lower levels. Here, the fury permeates to the bottom. I will never forget the weekly meetings where managers would exit the room in tears, blamed for things which they have no ability / power to change. Whether they were responsible for the boo-boo was irrelevant. What this means is that few or no managers are willing to "stick out" their necks for junior staff when things get rough, because there is no point. As a learning experience, you build the capacity to take higher level responsibility, and this really prepares you for higher positions at an early stage of your career, assuming you are junior.

    I can confidently say that my experience at AGD has hardened my heart and lowered my workplace expectations to a point that ANY other job will greatly exceed them. It is true that NO other place can offer what AGD does.

    People honestly complain way too much. First world problems.

    Cons

    Management style is swift and effective, and most likely modeled from sweatshops and low-wage high-output factories. Unfortunately, this archaic style does not achieve the desired outcomes in a knowledge-based economy due to rigidity. There is also little to negative value-add by Management in the problem solving process in terms of quality of insight and relevance of opinion.

    Lack of internal politics among staff is not conducive to personal drive and motivation. Only the strongest and most focused should apply.

    There is little transfer of technical or industry-relevant knowledge to junior staff due to outdated systems and a lack of established processes including documentation. Self-directed learning is also restricted as the nature of work / rotation system provides less opportunity for re-application of experience from prior projects. The department trains generalists which is typical practice in the public sector. This may be a pro or con depending on perspective.

    Managers have no private sector experience and are greatly demoralized and worn. I worry for the future when management exits.

    Advice to Management

    You are amazing, just the way you are


  9. "Good colleagues, bad management culture"

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

    Pros

    good salary and benefits, little politics among ground staff

    Cons

    little relevance to private sector, stifling company culture

    Advice to Management

    apply your own values and judgements


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best experience in public sector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Colleagues are generally very helpful and nice. No internal politics below managerial level, so you can get help easily from seniors

    Cons

    This is a poorly managed place, which is run like a dictatorship. Immediate bosses often end up guessing what the big boss wants, resulting in multiple versions of the same work being done. Furthermore, bosses do not show appreciation for the work done by employees and often assume that things can easily be done. Lastly, managment lacks private sector experience.

    Advice to Management

    Do not pretend to give employees choices. Perhaps the best way to improve is to change top management


  11. "A one of a kind experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Accountant-General's Dept full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary and bonuses are very encouraging especially for those with accounting backgrounds. Middle/ lower management and staff are exceptionally helpful with a strong sense of camaraderie.

    Cons

    Large expectation dissonance between senior / top management and staff. Corporate culture of constant negative reinforcement from senior / top management; lacking in professionalism and objectivity in decision making processes within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hearing and start listening.



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