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Nanyang Technological University Reviews

Updated July 20, 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. "Good for a short time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, enough freedom, good campus.

    Cons

    Working environment doesn't respect your privacy.


  2. "Good Experience"

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

    Pros

    1) High-tech facilities
    2) Good on-campus transportation facilities
    3) A lot of options available for food on-campus (Western, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean). And it is cheap too.

    Cons

    1) On-campus accommodation is usually not provided
    2) Research grants will mostly depend on the guide under which you are working.

    Advice to Management

    Overall experience was good. It would be better to provide on-campus accommodation for all interns. There's good scope for NTU to become the best Asian university.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "PhD"

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

    Pros

    Beautiful view and perfect study environments!

    Cons

    The graduate courses are not sufficient to choose.

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on research and teach instead of red tape.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Researcher"

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

    Pros

    Learning environment, great culture and team

    Cons

    Nothing I could think of.


  5. "Good environment but high work pressure"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its a university so good environment. People are generally friendly.

    Cons

    High work pressure. Less resources.


  6. "Quite Good"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not very stressful environment to work

    Cons

    Do not have clear office hours


  7. "Very flexible, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The biggest perk of the job is the liberty you get. You get paid to complete work, not to be desk bound for 8 hours regardless of the amount of work you have. The liberty is a great asset in this job.

    You also work in a University, so you can access lots of great seminars, events, workshops, classes and keep yourself active

    The campus, while far, is really well equipped and allows you to feel like you're in a bubble, with access to supermarket, hair dresser, and lots of food options.

    Cons

    The pay is really despicable, and it depends entirely on your professor how much performance bonus, and monthly increment you get. This only happens once a year in July, and it is an exercise that is completed within the guidelines of the finance department and HR, which means even if you discuss with your boss that you want a certain increment and they agree, it is still at the discretion of finance/HR and the grand monies available. Professors don't always ensure to check those two are checked off, so you may well end up earning a lot less than you negotiated.

    The university is highly diffused of responsibility, there are many people in support, finance, HR, and it seems everyone hides behind one another or behind policy, thus it can be extremely slow to get things done and to push simple tasks forward

    The position of research assistanceship should ideally be occupied for a year or 18 months, anything beyond that is unlikely to yield any further employee growth. One needs to get qualified at the next level to be promoted, so it's not a long term career, but rather a pitstop for fresh graduates before venturing into Master's/PhD programs.

    Advice to Management

    My personal take is that there is a lot of emphasis placed on keeping faculty happy, and assisting them in their career progression (facilitating grant applications, etc.), however, as part of the research staff there is little nurturing as it is not beneficial for employees to stay long term. I think this can be addressed by providing more support and communication from top management down, as most of the time, research staff are on the receiving end of conversations and don't know what's going on.

  8. "Programme Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Programmer Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Programmer Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    -work-life balance, suitable for people who want chill, or waiting to retire

    Cons

    - Slow career progression
    -Low increment
    -No transparency and work accountability

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to actual performers and non-performers.
    and pay according to relevant work experience, and not just age.
    it's an irony that a world-class university hires plenty of incompetent people. they may not be highly paid but they are relatively highly paid for their level of competency.


  9. "Culture"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good balance between work and life

    Cons

    Average monthly salary and benefit


  10. "Temporary Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University as a contractor

    Pros

    Work life balanced, not much OT

    Cons

    Location, only accessible with a couple of public buses


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