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Updated April 19, 2017
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IDA Managing Director Jacqueline Poh
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Pros
  • good culture, good work-life balance and growth opportunities (in 19 reviews)

  • You can explore your creativity , good working environment ; (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Procurement can be a tedious process especially for people from the private sector (in 4 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "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


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  5. "IIPL not bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  6. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. "Good career exposure."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Government Board"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Depends on which division you are"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IDA full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Flexible timing
    Good remuneration and benefits

    Cons

    Micromanagement (when declaring micromanagement)
    A lot of bureaucracy
    Don't speak the same language
    No one dares to speak up even constantly been told that you should speak up (you die faster)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff below you
    Speak the same language else risk employees leaving


  10. "Good place to retire"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IDA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance
    good for people with kids

    Cons

    no career progression
    good place to retire

    Advice to Management

    Be clear of strategy and role


  11. "Doing mostly project and vendors management as well as procurement for the Government"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IDA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a project manager we are mainly doing administrative stuff which are not technically difficult. Laid back working style and leave office on the dot

    Cons

    The current job scope deal mainly with Government processes and very little hands on technical IT stuff. After a while you will forget all your technical IT skills

    Advice to Management

    Nil



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