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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore Reviews

Updated Aug 10, 2019

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3.3
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Pros
  • "With job rotations and overseas postings, there is always light at the end of the tunnel even if the going gets tough(in 6 reviews)

  • "Had better success looking for jobs after listing MFA in resume(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor work life balance: "working at MFA is a lifestyle"(in 19 reviews)

  • "Culture is horrible and working hours are extremely long, not to mention the horrible treatment you get from the bosses(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (31)

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

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    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.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2014-01-29
  2. "Exciting and challenging career"

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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive starting salary, challenging yet meaningful work, overseas posting

    Cons

    Longer working hours and tough bosses

    Advice to Management

    It’s important to focus on retaining good officers.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2019-07-28
  3. "Pays well, but workload not sustainable in the long run."

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, overseas postings, flexible working arrangements.

    Cons

    Heavy workload, poor work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes management should put their foot down and say “No” to the excessive workload, and try to manage the constant deadlines by setting the right example instead of accepting that everything is urgent.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2019-08-10
  4. "FSO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time

    Pros

    motivated and smart colleagues. able to work overseas.

    Cons

    work is life. hard to balance personal life.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2019-07-26
  5. "Not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Motivated, friendly and interesting colleagues; international exposure if on overseas posting; good pay and bonuses

    Cons

    Terrible working hours and high degree of work stress, although there is a range depending on which desk; senior management and HR have little regard for staff welfare; supervisors can be harsh and unforgiving

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2019-06-26
  6. "-"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Travel, exposure to leaders and thinkers. Work, depending on which department you are in, will likely be fast-paced and stimulating, especially for the first few years. A place where you are likely to make strong and lasting friendships with colleagues.

    Cons

    No work life balance, no control over your time, the system in general, can be quite bureaucractic, and management practices needs updating to keep in touch with the times. This job is certainly not for everyone.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2019-04-12
  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Best place to start at after campus

    Cons

    A lot of workload skills in time management needed

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2019-01-12
  8. Helpful (26)

    "Meaningful work but horrible culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work can be meaningful. Surrounded by brilliant and motivated colleagues. Opportunity to experience things that you will never get to unless you are working in MFA. Opportunity to get posted overseas (has its own pros and cons).

    Cons

    Senior management is either ignorant or choose to turn a blind eyes to abusive managers with poor leadership skills. Through politicking, these managers often get promoted and raised through the ranks, some even reaching senior management level. It is not uncommon to work 15 hours a day and continuously over weekend due to your manager's indecisiveness. It is also not unusual to have managers scolding and shouting in...

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    Advice to Management

    You will kept losing brilliant and young officers if you continue to be ignorant or choose to turn a blind eye to the hopeless situation. You can start by looking at the numbers; the raw figures, not the "positively" presented ones.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2018-11-17
  9. Helpful (9)

    "FSO"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good exposure, overseas opportunities, doing important work.

    Cons

    If you’re looking to lose weight, MFA is the place to be. Culture is horrible and working hours are extremely long, not to mention the horrible treatment you get from the bosses. Although your colleagues will tell you that none of the scoldings are personal, it’s very hard to not be affected by the scoldings when you’re getting screamed at in the middle of the office. My best decision ever was to treat myself better and...

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    Advice to Management

    No advice, because any advice falls on deaf ears. The officers have been trying to feedback for years but management turns a blind eye.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2018-11-23
  10. "Foreign affairs officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I love the team spirit and networks

    Cons

    There is inefficient circulation of information at work

    Advice to Management

    hierarchy should educate staff more

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore2018-10-04
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