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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • No bonus for research staff (12-mth package) (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. "Assistant Professor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top university in Asia
    Highly competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    Workload is really heavy
    Getting tenure is extremely difficult

    Advice to Management

    Better mentoring system in place for junior staff
    Need to review tenure requirements commensurate with respective disciplines


  2. "Research Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internet Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Internet Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    To get wide range of exposure

    Cons

    Nothing to higlight about NUS


  3. "Assistant Professor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Creative freedom. Motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Long hours. Little guidance. Competitive environment.


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  5. "Best in Singapore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the best mind in the field

    Cons

    Highly dependent on your supervisor


  6. "Research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Resources in terms of databases. Outstanding reputation.

    Cons

    Sometimes unclear responsibilities or tasks


  7. "research engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Flexible environment, good work/life balance

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for research fellow, but for engineer, it's better to work outside.


  8. "Excellent Work Life Balance Generally"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Except events that make eat into personal time, you get to knock off on time mostly. Manageable workload with clearly defined KPIs. Taking on anything extra can be clearly stated during performance review when keying into system. This helps build your case towards a better rating.

    Cons

    Things can be slow, so if you're someone that wants to move fast then it may be a drag for you. While things do get done eventually, you have to prepare for gatherings where you may not know half the people in your office because it's simply too huge. Yet, when things happen in an individual's personal life, you are expected to turn up. Or rather, there's an invisible pressure to. Things like weddings and funerals of people that you personally don't feel close to? Yeah, you may need to be involved.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to balance between treating staff well and at the same time pleasing the upper management, do keep trying!


  9. "Research assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly environment, independence. You are allowed to work on your own pace. Have plenty of room for learning new skills

    Cons

    You have to work around the clock if you don't get your intended results. Your superior might chase you for result.

    Advice to Management

    Nil


  10. "good work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours, not much politics. Minimal red tape, quite a lot of freedom to go beyond scope of syllabus in class teaching. student feedback system forces you to do job well. Can get award if you get high scores.

    Cons

    Not much career growth prospects. Many teaching assistants see it as temporary job for side income during post-graduate studies

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary for teaching assistants. Have more training sessions for teaching, rather than throw people into deep end.


  11. "Marketing Communications Intern (Part-time)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, high pay, creative work

    Cons

    High workload, small room for skills improvement



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