National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2020

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National University of Singapore President Tan Eng Chye
Tan Eng Chye
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  1. "Great Place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Established university so all procedural affairs are easily handled Good career guidance

    Cons

    Career progression may be slow

  2. "nice place"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good academic environment good research nice professors

    Cons

    Singapore is a little bit small.

  3. "PhD Student"

    4.0
    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

  4. "Good place for work life balance"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    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.

  5. "Career Counselor"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  6. "Student factory"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore for more than 3 years

    Pros

    University has excellent facilities and potential

    Cons

    It is a factory pushing students without any soul.

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  7. "Great organization"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great place to work and grow.

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything at the moment.

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  8. Helpful (5)

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

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  9. "Financial aid"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great office environment and good director

    Cons

    Pay, time of during holidays

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  10. "Senior Assistant Manager"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    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.

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