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Nanyang Technological University Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  • No career progression for engineers (in 16 reviews)

  • relatively low salary, not as competitive as US universities (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Management Support Staff"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, Work life balanced.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and weak governance structure in place.

    Advice to Management

    Please address and strengthen your whistle blowing process.


  2. "Bad place to build a future career"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Jurong West New Town (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Jurong West New Town (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing good to say, except for low tax (7-10%) for Foreigners

    Cons

    I am working in the worst school of NTU, where I receive no support to conduct research (even a proper bench to work and a set of pipettes). Salary is much lower compared to NUS and other research Institutes in Singpaore.

  3. "NTU review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Promotion takes very long time


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poor remuneration package"

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

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time

    Pros

    Quiet environment. Cleaner air and lots of greens.

    Cons

    Very poor remuneration package. Base salary lower than other university and research institutes. Bonus is almost non-existent. Very far from everywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps you could better compensate your workforce to encourage staff loyalty and retainment.


  5. "Project Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Good environment, flexible working hours

    Cons

    pay is low, little transferable skill, no career advancement


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are generally ok. Good opportunity to work with professors and students and to gain some experience in the higher education industry. Food is relatively affordable, and libraries are great for lunch hours. Pay is ok but not fantastic. Good annual leave benefits. Good IT support (generally). On-site medical clinic but can get crowded during term time.

    Cons

    Distance means a lot of time is spent commuting. Management is autocratic, dictatorial and does not listen to the ground -- perhaps an apt representation of the way things work in government-related organizations in Singapore. No learning opportunities apart from witnessing poor working processes and horrific management skills that belong in the 1980s or Dilbert. Get the feeling that the only purpose of regular staff is to serve and glorify senior management, academics, researchers and students (in that order). Depends on which department you work for, but generally poor work life balance; a lot of time is spent supporting mind-numbing 'boh liao' (useless) activity. If you want a career and not just a job, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that regular staff form the backbone of the university -- just because one has a PhD doesn't mean he or she can lead. Recognize and reward contributions from regular staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Executive position"

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    Current Employee - Executive in Jurong Town (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Executive in Jurong Town (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Seldom need to work OT. For my position lunch time is flexible as long as it doesn't affect your work. Very stable job.

    Cons

    Too many foreigners working in here. Their ways of doing things such as managing people are all wrong. There is no proper system here...no training provided yet expected to perform... too many red tapes. Colleagues very good at wayang and playing taichi.

    Advice to Management

    Top management should go and find out on what is on the ground. There are actually alot of big problems to be solved but middle management likes to sweep these problems under carpet. People dont dare to speak up because the middle management will F them upside down if they find out.

  8. "researcher"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University as a contractor

    Pros

    Good working environment. Nice friendly multinational environment.

    Cons

    Based on research grant, so no career prospect at all. Not a permanent job.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "More sob stories than fairytales"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sits quietly at the very end of the west and surrounded by nature. General benefits are ok with a lot of annual leave. HR do conduct some trainings for staff.

    Cons

    Inconvenient work place. Progression is slow and very limited growth in this company. Increment is pathetic and one person can be asked to take up 2-4 people's jobs because they are cutting corporate side manpower cost and spending more on hiring professors and research instead.

    Too many bad things to comment about the management so I shall summarise them in a few sentences/words: Bureucratic, incompetent, top-bottom approach, reactive rather than proactive, because management are run by the academics (professors), they do not care much about non-academic staff's lives and deaths. They pumped in a lot of money into research to boost the ranking which obviously looks so good on the outside but the core of the apple is rotten. It rots till you can smell it from NUS *NUS is laughing*.

    Corporate side, a lot of kiasee colleagues asking for black and white documents for every little thing (on average 5 papers for one simple request). You will work with people who are here because of (little) but stable income. Nobody wants to help the organisation thrive or become better. People who only do what they need to do at work and go home. People who have no motivation to achieve something in life. People who refused to respond to you when they cannot answer your queries. I am not saying everyone in NTU is like this as I have met many competent and talented colleagues. Those talented ones have mostly left, some still remain but is mainly because of the bad job market out there.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up your ideas. Listen to your staff who know best what they are doing. Fire those incompetent and mouldy workers who are here to free load and laze. Be decisive and stop switching and adding even more layers of administrative work (like NSS). Let non-academics be in-charge side by side with the academics because you don't know well what the corporate world is all about. You only care about academic ranking. Bear in mind without non-academics help, you cannot do anything except to teach and conduct your research.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "hierarchical and inhuman"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good salary and free to do whatever you want in terms of research area

    Cons

    Unclear/unreasonable assessment criterion, not supportive of faculty, absolutely no culture, very strict hierarchical management


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