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Updated March 12, 2017
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  • No bonus for research staff (12-mth package) (in 21 reviews)

  • Slow career progression as it is a large organisation (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Not too bad place to do temp job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as a contractor

    Pros

    Easy work, nice people and environment

    Cons

    No training, no benefits, hard to acess


  2. "Depends on Department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues (as a whole university) are generally friendly, patient and helpful.
    Established company.
    Average compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Department management may be dysfunctional/toxic, resulting in internal politics. Management backstabbing one another and gossiping is common.

    Ethics of department management questionable, head can jump to conclusion and accuse staff without evidence, and just what was assumed based on what he knows about the "process", without apology when it it not the case he imagined. Staff are taught to feign ignorance to manipulate other colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Good researchers may not always be good managers.


  3. "Political Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    21 days of leave

    Cons

    People who are already good at what they are doing and wants to play politics, engage in gossips, no team work, too fast-paced, no time for adjustment, management is unhelpful

    Advice to Management

    Management should step in to help instead of pushing more work to the people on the ground. Coaching and mentoring must not be left to the staff of the same ranks. Encourage staff to not engage in small talks and focus on the real work,


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  5. "Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None whatsoever that i can think of

    Cons

    Too much backstabbing colleagues.
    Too much last minutes jobs given by management
    Management do not care about staff and promote rivalry to protect their own position.
    Top down culture.

    Advice to Management

    What comes round goes around


  6. "Research Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Working at your own pace.

    Cons

    Vague directions. Happened to have a female prof who is emotionally and mentally unstable when it come to decision making at work.

    Advice to Management

    We are being engaged by the school to deliver our profession. Department head and Deans are nice. As for my prof working at ground level, do not treat working adults like juveniles in a school. Make clear decisions based on facts and not feel behaving child like and consistently holding on to grudges just to think that others will bow to you does not work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Professor is push"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore (Less than a year)

    Pros

    food is cheap, need 5 words..

    Cons

    they only sees papers. nothing else. really, nothing....


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Mistreats PMEs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wellness program, they have a whole hospital!
    Will not collapse. Too big to fail.

    Cons

    Ignores anyone who is not in research or academic. PMEs will do well to avoid this employer. They don't promote internally and loves to hire externally for higher positions. Bad increment way below market rate. Bonus, what bonus?

    Bad politics among PMEs due to extreme low resource for salary packages (increments and bonus). It becomes the last man standing show for that small chicken pie at the end of the road after starving you for a year.

    Constantly asks you to do more but refuses to promise what they will give in return for extra performance.

    HR will not respond directly to questions. Gives vague replies. Redirects back to your management who referred you to HR "policies" and "budgeting" to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Why? They don't listen anyway!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Crippling environment mismanaged by academics."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible benefits.
    Varied food choices for lunch.

    Cons

    The university has a history of springing academics into management positions for which they are thoroughly unequipped. For example, my department's main role was to partner foreign universities in exchange arrangements and encourage students to sign up for exchange programmes. However, we were first led by a professor of dentistry, who was then succeeded by a professor of linguistics. Until today, I'm still not sure how having good teeth or a frighteningly extensive vocabulary helped our work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing academics into positions for which they are not qualified.


  10. "NUS clerk"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Clerk in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Intern - Clerk in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and very nice serene place

    Cons

    good for your own personal development

    Advice to Management

    good in welfare for employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked and underpaid staff. How to create good education if staff are not even taken care of!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cheap (er) food, good leave for executives (21 days for fresh grad)
    Fun culture.

    Cons

    lower pay compared to market
    slow to recognise high potential staff
    bureaucracy, many layers to the top
    Do not take staff suggestions seriously (company bullying individuals)
    Overworked around the year, and requests to reduce workload are ignored, affecting staff morale

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate staff more, give Off in lieu days and compensate staff fairly when expecting them to work on weekends for stay in programs.
    Don't pressure staff to do more and more projects with the same amount of manpower, and ignore them when they flag out unsustainability of work pace. It creates dissatisfaction and reduces staff loyalty over the long term
    Also, being regularly overworked reduces creativity and the ability to improve on existing programs

    Especially when NUS is a Institute of Higher Learning (IHL), how can staff be expected to education students on life skills, when they themselves are so pressured that they can't take care of their own lives.

    For student care professionals, the work nature is full of sudden 'fires'. If the staff are stretched to 100% capacity normally, there will be no capacity to handle sudden issues which are the nature of Student Affairs professionals, and this creates a permanent year round overload. Over time, people will burn out and leave, and expertise can never be built up within the organization

    Treat your staff well, and your customers will naturally be treated well too!!



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