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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (19)

    "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
    Recommends

    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.


  2. "Intern experience at MFA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very bright colleagues
    Work is varied and exciting

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be quite bad, perhaps not for interns but for full-time officers


  3. "It's a constant battle , to stay or to go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to global issues and influential people. Some good people, very professional. Challenging work. Doing work of consequence. Some impact on policy.

    Cons

    Long hours. Toughest on singles who are expected to carry the load every time someone else goes on child care. You want to help, and be big hearted...but then they also get special considerations for postings. Whereas singles are expected to always say yes to any posting, anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Be kinder to the singles.


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  5. "Good Pay but bad work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good pay as compared to other civil service
    can be interesting depending on the portfolio and bosses

    Cons

    very bad work-life balance (including weekends)
    high stress and high demands


  6. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I was made to feel as part of the team with real responsibility from day 1.

    Cons

    No cons really, it was great.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Functional officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fast paced
    working with smart people
    the salary (but this has to weighed against other factors such as worklife balance)

    Cons

    culture: expect to get yelled at
    bureaucratic (but this is the civil service after all)

    Advice to Management

    burnout is real
    worklife balance is important to retain people


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Elitist Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great exposure. The various overseas trips and postings will expose you to different cultures and practices that no course can offer. Prestigious job.

    Cons

    Elitist organisation. Do not expect much salary progression unless you are an FSO.At the end of the day, they term you a "support staff" if you are not an FSO.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate good staff, even if they are not FSOs. Do not create a culture that segregates the different divisions. The organisation should be inclusive and not exclusive. Not all your FSOs are that damn good.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "good place to learn and develop"

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    Former Employee - FSO
    Former Employee - FSO
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong corporate identity, prestigious, most people have high integrity. Thrown into the sea and you'll learn to struggle and swim, so it's good starting ground. Very good benefits. Posting opportunities for those who want to work overseas and contribute to Singapore at the same time.

    Cons

    Long working hours, poor work-life balance, low tolerance for mistakes, elitist mindset (can be good or bad), red tape

    Advice to Management

    Introduce more work-life balance initiatives. Long working hours will ultimately lead to staff burnout.


  10. "I worked at Ministry of foreign Affairs Singapore full - time"

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    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Director in Ban Nonghai (Laos)
    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Director in Ban Nonghai (Laos)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Face of singapor high pay. Considered quite and elite job. Exciting job duties that is different from corporate

    Cons

    Long working hours. No problem for me so I like this job it is my dream I graduated about law so I want to do this job Singapore are standard. I like communicate with people. Make friendship with them

    Advice to Management

    Can look my beyond papers grades . Human can be trained. Thanks. One thing I want to work with honest people.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good bosses who know their stuff
    Offers one of the more attractive pay packages within the Singapore Civil Service

    Cons

    Nature of the job may not suit everyone.
    May have long working hours, but this is portfolio dependent.
    IT help desk needs upgrading.


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