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National Parks Board Reviews

Updated April 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The grass is indeed greener on the other side !"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Parks Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Even if you don't get your work completed on time, you can still leave the office on time. A lot of workshops and seminars that staff could attend. Some divisions do pretty meaningful work like protecting nature reserves, regulation of green buffers and securing green spaces in the urban city, and redevelopment of urban green spaces. Those projects could sometimes be fun and satisfying! Organization allows some staff to work from home.

    Cons

    1. Cross-divisional cooperation is hard.
    2. Staff in some divisions do not get recognition for a job well done.
    3. Extremely bureaucratic, typical of traditional organizations
    4. Some staff are too comfortable; poor prospects for ambitious officers

    Advice to Management

    Show genuine concern for staff.
    Actions speak louder than words.


  2. "Inspiring place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Parks Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with people who truly care about what they are doing - whether it is nature or biodiversity conservation, making the parks and PCNs a beautiful place for Singaporeans and overseas visitors to enjoy.

    Cons

    Crazy workload - 24/7 on standby, no work-life balance. Easy to burn out. Hard keeping up with higher and higher expectations - whether from the ground (the public), the management or the politicians.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people more, and be more understanding. It is hard to expect your staff to always be performing at higher, better standards when they can barely keep afloat with the existing (and very heavy) workload.


  3. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Internship in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Internship in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Parks Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like less desk bound jobs and enjoy nature, the job will be relaxing and fun.

    Cons

    Currently they are not hiring unless any individuals leave the organisation

    Advice to Management

    -


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect choice if you love nature and don't mind zero career progression"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Parks Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with people who are highly passionate about nature. You also get to attend nature related seminars and courses free of charge. The remuneration is fair and competitive.

    Cons

    Limited (or non-existent) career progression due to flat structure (unless you are a scholar). Toxic colleagues in some departments. Ambitious officers tend to get demoralised over time due to limited recognition and career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Do try to treat entry-level managers and execs/support officers better instead of ignoring them...


  6. "Great office environment"

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    Former Employee - Streetscape Officer
    Former Employee - Streetscape Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Parks Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful colleagues. Positive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can be quite competitive in terms of promotion.


  7. "A great experience, lifelong colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Parks Officer
    Former Employee - Parks Officer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Parks Board (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The outdoors, collaborations with other agencies, casual attire for work, open discussions with superiors

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy workload, have to handle sometimes 'ridiculous' public feedbacks

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with relevant skills or experience, and hire enough staffs to get a job done well


  8. "Nice culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Colleagues and supervisor are nice.
    Colleagues are helpful and you don't feel deterred in approaching them when you have any doubts.
    Most people from other departments are friendly and when you liaise with them, they are also nice.
    There is work-life balance.

    Cons

    Can't think of any, it's been good thus far.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great work/life balance, vicious backstabbing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There's great work / life balance here as work seldom gets so hard that you have to stay overtime. There's even an active hour where employees can take an hour off on Thurs to play sports.

    Cons

    There is a vicious culture of backstabbing. Bring your shields people! Also, it's a bit of a walk to the bus stop and MRT station. Try not to walk after dark as the park can be a little quiet.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Could be better."

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    Current Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Work stress is manageable. Average benefits. In a place where the air is healthy, you feel good walking through the park every morning.

    Cons

    Zero progression without paper qualification despite excellent performance. Managers lacks basic EQ and skive given every opportunity to do so. Not to mention the shear lack in office skills(i.e Excel computation) and IT skills.

    Executive level perform majority of the tasks managers given to/have to complete. Managers perform only when performance review is due. Much of the time spent on unnecessary office politics where the efforts could be channeled to complete tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Hire based on competency level not on a proxy assumption. Managers should be worth its dollars. The management needs to re-evaluate its performance review guidelines, seeing "one side of the coin" is clearly non-indicative of his/her overall performance. A 360 approach may resolve many performance issues in the managerial level and move the firm towards a more cohesive and fair environment.

    Deputy directors should be proactive and social.

    Open progression path for non-degree holders, let it be based on performance rather than academics and Grade Level.


  11. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Parks Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My mentor was generous enough to allow me to showcase my creativity and take ownership in the projects assigned.

    Cons

    Some higher management may be a little more rigid.
    Also, of course office politics is inevitable everywhere.


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