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Updated March 24, 2019
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  • "Work life balance ok but can be better" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Contract worker with no career progression" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Career Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Great management and work-life balance, inspiring students!

    Cons

    Nothing at all, I love the experience.


  2. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Good friends and food throughout the campus. (minus the cockroaches in the old science canteen)

    Cons

    No increase in PhD stipends for past 8+ years

  3. "Good place for work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Flexible timing as long as you get your planned work done.
    Perfect for working mother with one or more young kids.
    Various staff benefit such as health, curriculum

    Cons

    Lack of challenge. Can foresee the ceiling of your career if stay in the same position.
    Contract-based, renewal of contract solely dependent on Professor's grant.


  4. "Student factory"

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

    I worked at National University of Singapore (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    University has excellent facilities and potential

    Cons

    It is a factory pushing students without any soul.

    Advice to Management

    Should improve the quality of students. If they cannot hire their own students as faculties, that reflects their confidence level


  5. "Great organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great place to work and grow.

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the good work and I wish the research claims we submit gets processed fast.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Organizationally chaotic and still figuring out the tenure-track system"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Branding and self-identify as a top tier research instition

    Cons

    Reality is that NUS has still a long way to go if it wants to be an R1 university. It still hasn't fully figured out how to assess its faculty members - and thus there is constant self-doubt and coming up with new metrics on how to assess research. The bureaucracy here is tremendous - there are lots of people left over from the old NUS (pre-NUS as a enterprise/research *insert other buzzword here* institution). Hence it talks forever to get things done. This is because there is a real tension between management by audit culture and management by neglect. The fact of the matter is - the university has a public mandate to teach but has the ambitions of being an R1. This tension will never be resolved. Also, budgetary cuts - especially in the areas of graduate student funding and research funding - will make faculty's life constantly interesting.


  7. "Senior Assistant Manager"

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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of room for individuals to grow since CIRC's research portfolio is expanding
    Opportunities to build relationships with people in academia, government offices and industry sponsors

    Cons

    It's a fast-paced and diverse environment and one has to find the right people in the right offices to resolve issues. Otherwise things wouldn't get going.

    Advice to Management

    Management has always been supportive of ground work and of escalating issues to institutions overseeing CIRC. It would be great if management could open a platform inside CIRC for groups in various functions to communicate better with each other.

  8. "Current Student"

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    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities for students

    Cons

    Nothing much to improve on. it's really awesome!


  9. "Pays well but little job security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent facilities, competent staff. NUS is a global university with hardworking students and a great library.

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, academic culture is individualist not collaborative, hard to introduce new modules.


  10. "I was a research assistant for a study abroad program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore part-time

    Pros

    Absolutely gorgeous campus, plenty of things to do in Singapore, and the food is both cheap and amazing

    Cons

    Honestly, didn't really have any cons. One of the most amazing experiences of my life