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DSO National Laboratories Reviews

Updated Sep 14, 2019

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DSO National Laboratories CEO Cheong Chee Hoo
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  1. Helpful (12)

    "From an aspiring PhD"

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    Member of Technical Staff in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DSO National Laboratories for more than a year

    Pros

    Great working hours and thorough review process. Employees get to decide what 8 or 9-hour span of the day they prefer to work during, and are not required to adhere to a fixed 8am-5pm schedule. Each employee typically work on a few different projects every year. These different projects are often managed by different project leads (PLs). During the yearly performance reviews, these different PLs would convene... and rate the performance of an individual. Performance reviews are carried out by multiple supervisors, and everyone is ranked based on collective inputs of the whole management team. As such, this allows John and Peter to be compared on a somewhat similar scale even though they have not been on the same team together.

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    Cons

    Engineering and Applied science oriented, and might not be suited for people who are more focused on curiosity-driven research.

    DSO National Laboratories2015-09-21
  2. "review"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reasonable colleagues and managers. Stable job.

    Cons

    Work life balance in some divisions but not others. Too many courses recently.

    DSO National Laboratories2019-09-15
  3. "Senior IT System Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Multi disciplinary tracks. Learn multiple aspects of IT and integrate all together as a system.

    Cons

    No career progression, management do not really care about junior staff and very demanding. Do not tolerate mistake although they will.

    DSO National Laboratories2019-09-13
  4. "Good place to do applied research"

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

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and cutting edge work

    Cons

    Most work here is classified so it's hard to leave the defense ecosystem.

    DSO National Laboratories2019-08-16
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director gloats he is a scholar killer."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary is competitive with the market rate.

    Cons

    No work life valance, MC and hospitalization leaves and affects your performance grading and bonuses

    DSO National Laboratories2019-09-07
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good for entry-level engineers, but feelings mixed for a senior staff"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Singapore
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good worklife balance (depending on department), salary benchmark annually to equivalent markets

    Cons

    slow career growth, niche capabilities that makes employees less diverse in their exposure to commercial markets, top-heavy organisation

    DSO National Laboratories2019-07-11
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Stressful, boring environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    High starting salary for new hires

    Cons

    Middle management is inept. They don't try to control the clients, the chief scientist, the collaborators, and the project scope. Human Resource only focuses on recruiting interns and fresh graduates. There is zero focus on retaining existing talent. Notable high-flyers and scholars have left to join other companies. High burn-out in several departments, with too many projects and too little time. Most staff... have to juggle at least 2 to 5 projects one after another. Weekends, late nights, are par for the course. The work is sensitive, so staff have little chance to promote their work. We never get to see our systems in action (unless war occurs). Systems are too dated, and you'd rarely get to use new technologies. If you stay too long, your skillsets become too niche, too legacy, that you're completely unemployable outside of the company. There is little variety of work. You're stuck in 1 division, 1 programme, 1 domain. You become myopic. There is no job rotation, no exploration of divisions, no exploration of research fields, no exploration of job families. Senior Engineers are pushed towards System Engineering and Project Management responsibilities. There's political tension between divisions and external collaborators. There's plenty of red tape and system reports. Because of understaffing, everyone is expected to do everything like a startup. Except this startup has horrid red-tape, poor sense of direction, lousy management. Word of advice: stay just 1 year to reap the benefits that HR showers upon new staff, then leave for greener pastures.

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    DSO National Laboratories2019-07-30
  8. Helpful (5)

    "SMTS"

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    Current Employee - SMTS Software Engineer in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    High starting salary and above the market rate

    Cons

    Bad management stemming down from ceo who does not lead by example

    Advice to Management

    Change the ceo

    DSO National Laboratories2019-06-30
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Rotten from the top"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DSO National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good retirement job for people who no longer care about anything

    Cons

    Good starting salary tapers off quickly as increment is extremely low. Average annual package is lower than civil service when all the bonuses are considered. DSO claims to be R&D but focused on wayangs and "fake it till you make it" approach to projects. With the change in CEO, there's more show than actual R&D work in the past few years. CEO got promoted to pinnacle of technical ladder - didn't know... it was April Fool's today. This is an insult to all the DMTSes who actually have the technical wealth from many decades of R&D. Current CEO only knows how to bend over backwards to do demos to external parties and does not care about long-term cap development or even using existing technologies that were developed in the past properly to deliver working systems. Interns should not join the company if they want to do R&D. There are better places out there.

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    Advice to Management

    This is a R&D company. Constant demos at the expense of development is not the way to go. I agree with the other review - get rid of the CEO. Cheong Chee Hoo may be more suited for other stat boards which are focused on external engagement. Do not waste years of taxpayers investment for short-term gains.

    DSO National Laboratories2019-07-01
  10. "Senior member of technical staff"

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

    I worked at DSO National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and pay

    Cons

    Slow pace. Lack of learning.

    DSO National Laboratories2019-05-18
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