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Updated 24 Nov 2019

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3.1
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Ngee Ann Polytechnic CEO Clarence Ti
Clarence Ti
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  1. "Great Place to work in general"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ngee Ann Polytechnic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to work especially if you are local and middle-aged Awesome Work-life balance

    Cons

    Mostly middle-aged workforce. Strong emphasis on Status Quo Limited career growth Poor Salary compared to MNC

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2019-11-25
  2. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ngee Ann Polytechnic full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and flexible working hour.

    Cons

    Risk of out of touch with industry. Not focus on domain expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on education. It takes time to see the impact of any restructuring.

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2019-11-21
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sabotaging from middle management and poor staff management for academic staff"

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

    I worked at Ngee Ann Polytechnic full-time

    Pros

    There are variety of activities to engage in with the students or with family. If you are senior staff on old pay scheme, this is a great working environment. There are plenty of work-life balance and light teaching load for this group.

    Cons

    The school leadership trusted only the middle management. The middle management likes to form clique and sabotage others. While the middle management are engaging in their activities, the working level received most of the damage. While the school leaders said that they are open to listen to feedback, the feedback will always trickle down to the middle management, which resulted in collateral damage. The school... constantly requires staff to volunteer for students' activities. Although it is opened to all staff to volunteer, only designated staff who volunteered gets the work, others will get the flak from the middle management. These days the management are moving towards designating staff to do activities, rather than discussing with the staff. There are no discussion with the staff on the career progression and direction one would like to head towards. The short meeting/discussion between the staff and the management is leaning towards informing for awareness. The staff could reject during the session, but will still have to do what is set out by the management. Compounding to the problem, the management favours master and PhD holders. Despite the school and MOE is educating the students of higher importance of working experience over paper qualification. Staff without them are at the mercy of those who have. Although the school is always saying they are doing things for the best interest for the students, many times the management are blindly following the rules and regulations rather than really helping the students. Weaker students might not get the help required unless stipulated by the system. Or unless the students are of value to the students, especially students who can represent the school in competition, etc. As the education sector in Singapore is heading towards SkillsFuture, this is adding to the woes of the staff. Every academic staff have to teach in these courses, regardless whether you have the domain in the topic. On top of lacking in domain knowledge, staff are not paid as this is part of your work scope. Timetable scheduling might not be optimised due to special requirements from the senior staff. You could be teaching night classes today, and have 8am class the next morning. While NP is looking at reducing the headcount on yearly basis for the coming years, this make the situation worst as staff are more inclined to spend the least amount of time on the students in their academics, and more towards other highly valued activities by the management.

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    Advice to Management

    Trust the staff engagement survey, they reflect what is the sentiments on the ground. Hiring people that can fit into the culture just implies that the management have lost touch with the core values, big-hearted, respect, responsibility, resilient, integrity, compassion, gratitude . The values this poly is trying cultivate in the students. Trusting solely the middle management is splitting the school apart. Need... to trust your ground staff and stop favouritism. Appraisal is often played by the middle management and the senior management. Your ground staff are aware of what you are doing. All your staff are good and have their strengths. The senior management need to create psychological safety for every staff, not only the middle managers. Have structure and clarity in everyone's role and every activities. Not assigning one task at a time to the staff. This is a career, not soldiers receiving orders. And engage and depend on all your staff, not just the middle managers. The school is very self centred now. The industry might have a less than ideal culture, but the school should never reference the lesser than average, as it will only make your culture deteriorate.

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    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2019-07-14
  4. "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Adjuct Lecturer in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ngee Ann Polytechnic part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The working environment is pretty stress free. A lot of incentives and benefits given to workers for work-life-balance.

    Cons

    There are a lot of unnecessary paper work.

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2019-03-11
  5. "MSO"

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

    I have been working at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

    Pros

    Stable, Work life balance and Training opportunities

    Cons

    Slow progression and increment Management bend backs on policy

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2019-03-05
  6. "Stability"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ngee Ann Polytechnic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable Work life balance Training opportunities

    Cons

    Slow progression and increment Management bend backs on policy

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2019-02-15
  7. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ngee Ann Polytechnic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance Extra leave if poly performs well

    Cons

    Hard to handle old timers who resist job scope changes

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2019-02-12
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Retirement Job (Non-teaching staff)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Ngee Ann Polytechnic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Standard civil service benefits Pretty good work/ life balance if you can wiggle out of having extra work passed on to you Principal (CEO) has a strong vision and is open to adopting new methods with regard to back-end processes or teaching

    Cons

    Favoritism is rampant here More often than not, people are rewarded for who they know and are close with rather than what they have achieved Not much guidance, which I can imagine is worse for fresh graduates Many people are stuck in their ways and refuse to move on with the times, even though ironically this is an educational institute that promotes staying at the forefront of the industry

    Advice to Management

    While I understand the need to keep loyal employees or those who have stayed long in Ngee Ann, there needs to be a balance between that and also rewarding and promoting people with the right talent. It should not depend on age and seniority.

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2018-11-30
  9. "N.A.."

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Clementi New Town, West
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ngee Ann Polytechnic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    work life balance very well

    Cons

    Payment is not very high

    Advice to Management

    N.A..

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2017-07-05
  10. "Salary title"

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    Management Support 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ngee Ann Polytechnic for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Very good

    Cons

    Work can become abit routine. Very routine

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic2017-01-10
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