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"Horrible and elitist work culture but the job scope offers a unqiue learning experience."

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Former Employee - Assistant Protocol Officer
Former Employee - Assistant Protocol Officer
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Pros

Good opportunities to interact with people of high social standing around the world.

Chance to travel overseas and experience.

Good place to work in if you are a degree holder on a prestigious government scholarship.

Good launch pad for young adults on a different educational track. (No degree)

Cons

Remuneration did not commensurate with workload.
(Furthermore, significantly lower pay than degree holders, albeit the same workload.

Hostile political officers.

Long work hours without extra remuneration.
(I worked 15 hour work days for 7 days a week until I left.)

Elitist work enviroment.
(Offers S$10 000 to degree holders to stay on an additional 6 months but fail to do the same for diploma holders who carry the same workload; Ambassadors who look down on employees from the heartlands because they stay in HDB apartments)

Have to pay out of your own pocket for entertainment of foreign and domestic high ranking government officials before claiming from a computerised system which will take 1 - 2 months to clear. This is regardless of your current financial status. No effort was made to understand the employee's economic situation.

Advice to Management

There is a limit in the relationship between fiscal rumuneration and employee satisfaction. Eventually, it tapers off to a point where throwing money at people will not keep them. If you're concerned about the high turnover rate, take a good look at the work culture.

To potential employees, do take up this opportunity to learn at MFA. Once you've grown your wings, take off.

Other Employee Reviews for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore

  1. "Learnt a lot"

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore as an intern

    Pros

    Learnt speed notetaking, got to go to meetings with diplomatic corp

    Cons

    none, really. thoroughly enjoyed the internship


  2. Helpful (24)

    "A chance to be exposed to some of the best strategic thinking and diplomatic practice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time

    Pros

    MFA is intellectually challenging work, and far from bureaucratic. The postings train you to think on your own two feet, to advocate strongly for your country's position, and to develop broad networks.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor, even by the standards of diplomatic services - seems particularly tough for working women with children.

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