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Raffles College of Higher Education. Reviews

Updated October 4, 2016
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "EduCorp? More like EduCock"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time

    Pros

    Two stars for the pros. Not much frills from most colleagues as they are the ones who might be your friends in the long run. You also get to dabble in many roles (due to budget constraints) to enhance your skill set though it comes with a price of many cons.

    Cons

    You get to dabble in something new but hell will be risen upon you regardless of whether you do it or not. You do it right, you'll be reprimanded for not thinking deeper. You do it wrong, you'll be reprimanded for the sake of being reprimanded. You'll be made to play mind games with the powers that be and guess what it wants. You'll encounter last minute decisions as it likes to provide suggestions at a pivotal timing frequently and if you're "lucky" enough, you'll get personal attacks right at your door step. This is a dynasty-like environment where eunuchs rule and micro-manages everything from top to bottom. Overall, many are undervalued and it epitomises the characteristics of having trust issues and insecurities.

    if you want to experience a palace lifestyle with the emperor, empress dowagers and eunuchs in place, this is certainly the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent, repent,

    for the end is near. (I needed more than 20 words)


  2. "Business Lecturer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business and Hospitality Lecturer in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Business and Hospitality Lecturer in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Raffles College of Higher Education. part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good colleges and work enviroment

    Cons

    Unorganized administration and student English level is quite low

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the value to the students instead of how much money you can get from the ones you already have


  3. Helpful (2)

    "High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You look good working at an educational institution, but only on the outside.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime
    High Stress
    High Workload
    High Turnover

    Advice to Management

    I couldn't find a review here and I thought future employees really need it due to extremely high turnover! More than 20 a year and this company supposedly have branches worldwide.

    I did part time, so I wasn't really affected by most of the stories that plagued staff until it seemed to spiral down as competent management left. Over the past one year, I managed to observed that many staff do not seemed to like to engage in ideas that benefit the place as nobody gets compensated to run these projects anyway. Interns are expected to run project ideas without a budget, but out of their own funds, for example, social media or doing a poster, you are supposed to do them for free as an Intern if the staff left and are unable to do these anymore. It was really demoralizing to watch.

    Overtime of over an hour daily was expected without any form of compensation and confirmation of permanent staff was 6 months instead of the usual 3 months. No compensation was given if you are supposed to work on busy days such as Saturday and Sundays, but "off in lieu" if you are staff when there are busy periods. The issue was that staff never managed to get off their off days even though it sounds good on paper, due to the extremely high turnover, most other staff have to put in additional hours to compensate those that have already left due to the high stress level suffered.

    Good Lecturers never managed to stay for long and they change every term. Salaries seemed to remain stagnant considering the extremely high exorbitant fees charged to students and most lecturers have to take up other positions elsewhere to make ends meet due to the supposed "Low salaries".

    Most staff complained about the to management wanting the end effects but trying to bring them to fruition without any budget if possible, which is detrimental to the overall eco-system.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Review of Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time

    Pros

    Freedom at your own desk if you are senior position.

    Cons

    Micro management
    Political by junior management
    Overtime too much
    No work life balance
    No appreciation of staff

    Advice to Management

    More appreciation for staff and not listening to one side story. Be open to suggestion


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Modern Facilities, Multinational student cohort, International Lecturers, Possibility career progression, Possibility of moving into other countries, Campus Location, Brand Perception

    Cons

    Employee Turn over in administration due to low salaries and extreme workload causes distress to lecturers. Reduced holiday period, Salaries incompatible with Singapore life standards, Chaotic and manual proceedings incompatible with promoted image of hi-tech environment, lack of decent school management software, Lack of English level control of student admitted forcing lecturers to deal with full classes with below minimum understanding of the language.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Modern slavary"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Living in Shanghai. Sadly, can not think of anything else.

    Cons

    Incompetent, disrespectful management that does not know the difference between control and management. Schedules are made randomly as well as any other decisions. The management does not take responsibility for literally destroying the business, but rather searches to blame others for their lack of competence and bad management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Attend management training and treat people with respect.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Please avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time

    Pros

    none at all. unless you enjoy suffering at work

    Cons

    long work hours , high staff turnover , very poor management , a leader whose style is to berate his staff in public .

    do expect to do 2-3 extra jobs while in office. and when u struggle, they will berate you for poor performance.

    Advice to Management

    A revamp at the top needs to be done


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A big regret joining"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None at all! No benefits working for this organization at all, except meeting a bunch of like-minded colleagues who turned friends.

    Cons

    - Longgggggg working hours, averagely burning more than 12 hours everyday
    - Not enough people in the department, people keeps leaving shortly after joining, you end up covering many duties and could be inter-department type of work
    - No incentive bonus, and full 13th month can only be claimed if you stay until past March
    - Do not volunteer to help if it is not necessarily in your job scope, if you screw up even just a little, you will get reprimanded in front of the whole company
    - Unnecessary yelling and attitude from top management in front of your colleagues
    - Unappreciative management, you can do many things right, but unforgiving once you do ONE thing wrongly
    - This is probably not the end of it, but this is all the time I have now...

    Advice to Management

    If you want to run a company, you need to learn to cherish your staff!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away from Raffles College - there are many other decent companies out there"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles College of Higher Education. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good working relationship with fellow colleagues
    - I personally enjoyed my position's job scope
    - Good place for career advancement due to high turnover. High chance for you to get considered for your work supervisor's position when they leave.
    - Academic positions are stable

    Cons

    - Decision makers from higher management works with an autocratic style
    - Working environment can get oppressive, depending on the management's "mood"
    - Lack of respect from top down - managers must be prepared to be yelled at and receive humiliating dressing-down in the presence of other staff
    - No work-life balance
    - Management thinks nothing of their staff having to overtime until late into the night. Depending on the department you find yourself in, it is a norm for you to be overwhelmed by unreasonable amount of workload and to be expected to overtime.
    - Stingy on staff perks/benefits/welfare - don't even think about retreats, outings or D&D
    - To be entitled to the full AWS bonus in December, there is a requirement for staff to work until March
    - No performance bonus.
    - High turnover. Be prepared to cover duties.

    Advice to Management

    Respect ALL your staff regardless of how your day/week/month is going for you. Be more pro staff and appreciate them.


  11. "So so"

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    Former Employee - Executive
    Former Employee - Executive
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Local management is fine and good to try to keep the staff.

    Cons

    Highest management is not very supportive and have bias to a certain level. Internal top management politics.

    Advice to Management

    stop being bias and have fair competition within the group.



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