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Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • good culture, good work-life balance and growth opportunities (in 20 reviews)

  • Good bonus, flexible working timing (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Being govt there are red tapes and lots of paper work (in 7 reviews)

  • Career advancement depends on luck and who you know - those in higher profile projects tend to advance faster (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great experience for starting out a career"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IDA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible hours, interesting projects, wonderful environment

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility for mid career folk

    Advice to Management

    Promotion strategies are key


  2. Helpful (5)

    "It depends on which dept you go"

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

    Pros

    The main pro is the ability to shape Singapore's IT future. You have the chance to propose projects for good of nation and get paid at the same time. Reasonable pay.

    Cons

    Customer side, can become generalist over time.
    Projects can have unrealistic deadlines.
    Reward and promotion for idea starters and not execution team.
    Management self interest to please stakeholders and protect turf instead of for the good of organisation.
    Lack of respect for staff (an increasing problem).

    Advice to Management

    Open eyes and see who are 'salesman' and who are the competent folks. Sales folks can get you some mileage but for execution, you can't depend on them.

  3. "Rigid processes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IDA full-time

    Pros

    Stability and reasonable pay package

    Cons

    Rigid HR policy, many red tapes


  4. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Good bonus for High achievers

    Cons

    Too rigid. Too many unnecessary red tapes


  5. "great company to work for if you want stability"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IDA full-time

    Pros

    very stable, fair pay and good life

    Cons

    same as pros. not suitable for young ppl who want to get rich.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work. not many govt agencies could be like this.


  6. "Horrible work place"

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

    I worked at IDA full-time

    Pros

    Gives opportunities to college graduates.

    Cons

    Bad salaries
    Abusive boss
    Can't provide what is promised to customers


  7. "IIPL not bad"

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

    Pros

    Nice friendly and great learning opportunities

    Cons

    No oversea travel opportunity. Greater benefit

    Advice to Management

    More exposure thanks!

  8. "Manager"

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

    I worked at IDA full-time

    Pros

    High community impact that is very visible

    Cons

    Fast paced environment. Management is tilted towards media attention, than long term deep engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Changes to title take too long to incentivise staff.


  9. "Good career exposure."

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    Former Employee - Applications Consultant in Bukit Panjang Estate (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Applications Consultant in Bukit Panjang Estate (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IDA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Guidance is provided to assist you in your job.
    Great exposure as it will involve engaging different stakeholders and understand their operational perspective.
    Good exposure in improving soft skills

    Cons

    Lots of documentation to follow up.
    Lots of processes to follow up that will possibly takes substantial time to complete a task.

    Advice to Management

    To review the necessary documentation that will help in speeding up the process flow


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Government Board"

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

    Pros

    Usual government board benefits. SOP, standard practices. Trying to inject new ideas to keep up with IT industry and to bring in younger employees.

    Cons

    Usual government board practices. Regimental and stringent practices. Too many senior citizens hanging around and passing time. Leaving a gap in middle age group (late 20s to 30s). Young or fresh employees are really on on-the-job-training.


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