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"Internship Review, A*STAR institute"

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Former Intern - Attachment Student In A-STAR in Singapore (Singapore)
Former Intern - Attachment Student In A-STAR in Singapore (Singapore)
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Neutral Outlook

I worked at A*Star as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Fun work environment if you like science (everything is science-based here)
Quite decent pay for an intern, quite conveniently located
Very open environment (at least the team I was with), often quite a good mix of old and new staff.
Working time is really very much up to you.

Cons

Tends to be an unstable job sometimes, depending on your specialization versus current trends
Management always has to try to balance the "applied" vs "pure" sides of the research effort, sometimes it doesn't work out
Overtime is sometimes needed (queue for machines, wait for stuff to be fixed etc.)

Advice to Management

Management sometimes needs to think a bit deeper. Targets and research direction sometimes terribly shortsighted/are stabs in the dark.

Other Employee Reviews for A*Star

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good if you are the flavor of the day"

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

    I worked at A*Star full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well-equipped labs with top-of-the-line facilities.
    Self-paced work culture.
    Opportunities to work with worldclass experts.
    Better pay than academia in general.

    Cons

    Top management has little plan for long-term career growth or development of employees
    Middle management doesn't have management skills
    Poor succession planning. The compelling dynamism of founding leaders is largely lost.
    Research priorities overly influenced by government agenda
    Access to funding, prospects to have contract renewed, career advancement, is completely dependent on one's alignment with the kind of industry the government wants to being in
    Scientists passionate about basic research are hard pressed to access resources, while those with translational research goals are disproportionately and lavishly supported

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a strong base of basic research
    Offer better career/professional development opportunities for non-PhD holders
    Value employees rather than grant money


  2. "A*Star"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Leading agency in Singapore who advances science and engineering research.
    Equip companies and startups with technology edge.

    Cons

    Restricted by public sector funding concerns; cannot be fully commercial minded

    Advice to Management

    Be daring to break new ground; challenge the statys quo


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