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GIC Investments Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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GIC Investments President Lim Siong Guan
Lim Siong Guan
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Pros
  • Nice people, friendly culture, people willing to share and learn (in 6 reviews)

  • People are generally nice on surface but some notorious ones can leave them alone (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, limited work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • No career progression especially to contract staff (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front Desk Corporate Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front Desk Corporate Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GIC Investments (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing company...Amazing offices...Amazing location...Amazing guests

    Cons

    None at all! Everyone should get an opportunity to work here!


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Overworked, underpaid, spoken to by SVP's in a very demeaning tone, Entirely too much work for one person to do."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GIC Investments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits, Working in San Francisco Financial District

    Cons

    No training, lack of communication, office culture divides the support staff from the executives.

    Advice to Management

    Consider ensuring that when you have someone working for you whom gives a significant amount of notice on their departure you are proactive in finding a replacement in order to give the departing employee time to review and go over the specifics of the position that way you are not scrambling to throw together administrative assistants whom are already overwhelmed with work and sometimes are completely unaware of how the executives supported by that particular position prefer to have items such as expenses done in a particular way and in a certain turn around time. It's unfair to bring a person onto a team, give them four months of backlogged by work, put absolutely no time in training them and then additionally have that person supporting two people who clearly had personal issues with each other- so I was put in the middle of two people who felt their work was more important than the others. I spent many nights at work until 9pm just to be let go. When I discussed with my recruiter she even agreed that the expectation level was unreasonable. Supporting 2-3 Senior Vice Presidents is a heavy workload at times, especially with consistent international and complex travel. I technically supported 8 SVP's ALL of which were in completely different departments of the company; Global Risk Management and Insurance oversight, General Counsel/Legal, Investments, Human Resources and Benefits- My background was in legal and the team that interviewed me all were well aware of that. My personal opinion is that I was merely brought on for my legal knowledge due to an upcoming transaction and ironically as soon as that transaction was finalized- I was given my walking papers. Even more particular regarding the situation is the large severance package and benefits I was offered in exchange for signing a contract saying I would not investigate further or take any action towards the company for my dismissal.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great people but very conservative. Opportunities are limited outside of Singapore."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GIC Investments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented, small office feel, excellent pay, challenging work. Beautiful office in downtown San Francisco.

    Cons

    Least 'fun' place I've ever worked. Red tape, then add in more red tape and before you're done add in some bureaucracy on top of that.

    A lot of change is driven out of Singapore. US culture gets limited respect in management circles.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about removing red tape and do it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment and Trading Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment and Trading Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GIC Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Low stress environment. Good, smart people, good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    slow moving and bureaucratic. constantly shifting benchmarks

    Advice to Management

    decentralize management controls


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    Very structured and not very flexible organization structure.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation below industry peers.


  7. "One GIC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GIC Investments full-time

    Pros

    Broad exposure to international markets; diversified portfolio of assets

    Cons

    New office structure limits former open interdepartmental relations culture


  8. "PM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GIC Investments full-time

    Pros

    Quite ahead with the technology so you can learn some of the newest stuff in the industry.

    Cons

    will groom only scholars, if you are not, it does not matter how well you perform.

    Advice to Management

    more likely you will be disrupted and will be lagging behind the big firms.


  9. "intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great working culture. nice people. large AUM so big impact on the market. great exposure to all kinds of people including company management.

    Cons

    Nearly nothing bad about the firm. Everything I observed is relatively good. They don't take many graduates every year though.

    Advice to Management

    no advice.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "it was a good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits, smart colleagues, enjoyed working there

    Cons

    politics drive the place but thankfully I was able to avoid it


  11. "Investment Services Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GIC Investments full-time

    Pros

    - Good employee benefits.
    - Office gym and group exercise classes.
    - Competent colleagues.

    Cons

    - Side projects that sometimes take time from actual work.


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