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Nanyang Technological University Singapore Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Nanyang Technological University President Prof Bertil Andersson
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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 workplace to work at"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Jurong Town (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Jurong Town (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good work environment to work

    Cons

    no cons to say about it

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  2. ":)"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good staff welfare and benefits

    Cons

    Lower Salary compared to other industries

  3. "PhD Graduate Student at Nanyang Technological University"

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    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


  4. "project officer"

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    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


  5. "Perks of working as Project Officer"

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    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. "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. "Postgraduate Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Postgraduate Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nanyang Technological University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Multicultural and fast paced environment; state-of-art laboratory instrumentation; the best young principal investigators

    Cons

    Nothing special or worth considering; an experience itself


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