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Nanyang Technological University Reviews

Updated August 11, 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 place for retirement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - if you like slow tempo, minimal workload, and looking for a place to retire, this suits you.
    - brand name is strong, because everyone knows NTU (easier for your next jobhop)
    - working in a youth (students, not staff) environment
    - foodcourt, to cafe, to fastfood to restaurant, with supermarket, ocbc bank
    - still allow smoking (discreetly)
    - stable career, with decent bonuses (AWS+VB)
    - 18-21 days of leave (depending on your rank)
    - Aviva medical covered ($5 co-payment) (a list of panel GPs)
    - dental $70 per year
    - knock off on time, if not 10-15 mins earlier (to catch the chartered bus)
    (there is paid chartered bus to & from different parts of SG, at different rates, ranging from $90-$130.

    Cons

    - ageing population (similar to SAF)
    - looks good on the outside (ranked 11th in the world), but inside not as rosy as it is
    - no standard work processes, no proper documentation
    - takes at least 3 working days to reply email
    - not driven at all
    - everyone going through motion, and waiting for payday
    - not organised at all
    - no proper orientation for new staff, no guidance, no proper handover, no SOP, everything start from zero (at the expense of your own time to explore)
    - there is two public buses (179, 199 from boon lay), and a free campus bus (from pioneer). its always packed to the brim during peak hours.

    Advice to Management

    - to tidy up all the internal processes
    - change blood (the management doesn't seem to know how to manage the office) (most of them have no real corporate experience, either they are academics background, or have been in NTU for decades)
    - consider have a LRT to either pioneer or choa chu kang, or to the nearest civilisation. few hundred, if not thousand people going to ntu or leaving ntu with just that 3 bus services is not sufficient.
    - tighten the internal audit - in aspects of processes
    - buildings looks new inside, but very old inside
    - have more food outlets to cater to the increasing number of people
    - have shelters from all bus stops


  2. "PhD Graduate Student at Nanyang Technological University"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High international industry exposure
    - Top notch research facilities
    - Collaborations with leading global researchers

    Cons

    - Limited coursework. More varied (and interdisciplinary) coursework should be included

  3. "project officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Project Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pressure is low and not push

    Cons

    no challenging and very busy

    Advice to Management

    If you want a ordinary but busy life, you can come


  4. "Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and Nice campus

    Cons

    No increments, No performance and more research


  5. "Perks of working as Project Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Project Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to gain valuable insights to scientific research of interest as well as a time to assess oneself if he or she wants or find it suitable to pursue in further studies eg. (master/phd)

    Cons

    This job probably would be considered as a transition/temporary career as it is usually in the form of one-year contract depending on the availability of the manpower funding from the particular research grant. One has to be prepared to source for another job in the event that there is insufficient fundings to extend the contract.


  6. "Research Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University full-time

    Pros

    It is a chance to work with good researchers.

    Cons

    I would find it easier if they provide more computing resources for my work.

    Advice to Management

    Provide Research staff with good laptops or computers and not the ones that are of no value to the research work involved.


  7. "Quite Good"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Very flexible, poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Research fellow at NTU"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanyang Technological University full-time

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere for research work.

    Cons

    Too strict product purchase policy and slow purchase process. Not enough relaxation area in work place.


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