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Raffles College of Higher Education. Reviews

Updated August 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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

    I have been working at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time

    Pros

    The students impressed me along with many lecturers

    Cons

    The only thing not mentioned here already is the school's lack of respect for the students. Management dropped by class unexpectedly. They demanded to see the students work and criticised what they had done. Even the good students were made to feel ashamed. I was left to pick up the pieces once they had gone. On several occasions students were publicly humiliated to the point of tears. I understand bad management when it comes to staff, but I feel this behaviour is unacceptable.

    Advice to Management

    I have never worked at a company without a heart before Raffles. Please care more for the people that make Raffles possible.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time

    Pros

    Too many pros to mention.

    Cons

    None that I've think of.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nasty, Racist and Hypocritical Management"

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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

    I don't think any deserve mention

    Cons

    - You don't learn anything from People who occupy SENIOR mgmt positions
    - It's like a Bad Degree Mill comparison of a Company
    - Lack of transparency, growth of internal capabilities, selfish self-fulfilment, family driven business

    Advice to Management

    - Harvest young honest hardworking diversified talent so that you stop depending on racist, colorist, and hypocritical 'men' to salvage your probable soon to collapse operations and colleges
    - Listen and not sweep feedback under your plush rugs to reduce the 'echo' of your mismanaged and overly-trusted, self-fulfilling Senior Mgmt staff
    - Understand that you are losing staff and receiving such terrible feedback cos you have nasty nasty Senior Mgmt staff at your front and backyards but you have chosen to overlook most of them and these 'men' continue to abuse their authority because YOU allow them to do so


  4. "Disorganised chaos"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Kuala Lumpur is a great city to live in

    Cons

    There is no management or leadership, it's basically a huge free for all. The company is interested in one thing: money. They show little interest in the quality of their staff and offer no training. Management are lazy and HR is even lazier.

    Advice to Management

    Care.....


  5. "Challenging but understanding president"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Johor Bahru (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Raffles College of Higher Education. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    President is open to new ideas, lot of career opportunities

    Cons

    no bonus, no annual dinner, low salary


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Even More Turnovers than BK's Taro Turnovers"

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

    Pros

    The only pros I can describe here are the ones who are relevant to those that you can find in the slumps of Singapore. Nothing good comes out of here, absolutely nothing.

    Cons

    If there's a top 10 most pathetic human being chart, I would definitely name the boss in all 10 placings. A modern century eunuch who rose through the ranks partly due to some alleged relations with a senior prominent staff, he will scr(eech)eam at you in public and aim you for life even when you do 1 thing wrong and 10 things right. For someone who seems to be having his PMS moments everyday, expect to be in multiple WhatsApp group chats with the majority being tools for him to vent his frustrations and leave the group afterwards. Other than that, he tracks those who uses WhatsApp Web in office. Talk about professionalism, you can only feel the devil's presence when his abnormality looms around the office because if he doesn't like you, you're in for a personal treat.

    If you think the HR can be the saving grace of the company, that's where you are wrong. Upon first glance and you can see the word "CUNNING" written on their foreheads for they are the two-faced lackeys of the unit. They gossip and speak ill of others frequently but once people speak of them, they get all tensed up. If a senior staff can tender with arrogance but ends up having to beg for his/her job back due to being ditched by his/her significant other, there is absolutely zero integrity and dignity within the folks in this department. Beware of the dogs that bite.

    While some of the so-called CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS are fine, there are those impatient and arrogant ones who demand your prompt bidding every time they need a request. If they do not get what they want, they will resort to being rude and talk down to you as if you are his or her slave. Also, some will throw tantrums if the weekly breakfasts on Mondays are not according to their liking. They will demand for western delights when you serve them local delicacies because they have the mindset that they are entitled to it. This only resulted in the staffs buying the breakfast (yes, we have to take turns to come in early and buy breakfast) getting scolded for not "getting things right". What kind of logic is this?

    Just when you thought you'll learn something from a "BIG" company, you will only learn that the corporation operates like a small enterprise. Get ready to be shot down when you suggest new ideas and what is the point of being listed on the stock exchange when they should be listed on the obituaries as one of the dying companies instead?

    You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.

    Advice to Management

    To the face that runs the place, go for some myopic surgery because you have been failing to realize the problem that lies within your company. Your organization wasn't screwed up, until your fellow minions came along and screwed it up. You traveled around the globe procuring land after land until the point that you forgotten about the human touch. You wondered why people leave, just read all these reviews and you will truly execute with passion.

    Respect is earned, not commanded. There is always a reason why most of the reviews here are negative because it speaks nothing but the truth. No matter how much you want to counter with good reviews, IT WON'T WORK.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Long review by VP"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice fancy building cannot mask the rotting management. Forget about joining this place. You won't learn anything much. Worst place of my career life.

    Cons

    Ridiculous long hours, alternate 5.5 days work week, AWS "claw back" (go ask around what does this mean!), zero or low bonuses, getting screamed at, and many more. Those with weak hearts pls note.

    Advice to Management

    Previous contributor, thanks for the long refutation. All the negative responses will not just go away with your single long reply. Try harder! Average staff turnover is 6 years? U must be kidding...average between all the top management? Perhaps? Ownself shoot ownself.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Don't waste your time"

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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

    Literally nothing worth learning there

    Cons

    1) No proper handover as employees come and go very fast

    2) Job scope is not specific, they will ask you to do everything if possible

    3) Alot of red tapes, every minor things requires approval and approval takes very long

    4) The boss is the most worst off person I have ever met in my entire life. A real modern life eunuch that treats everyone with no respect, shout and scream at you as if you owe him the whole universe. Beware of all the sacarsm and unconstructive remarks provided by him everyday.

    5) Some lecturers are good but others will trample over you with their authority and years of seniority with the organization. Especially the Caucasians, they revert back to their white imperialist mentality and talk to you like their slaves and order you to do everything under the sun.

    6) As much as you think HR will protect you. You are definitely wrong. They are a bunch of watch dog for the management. They pick on every small minor things, a sycophant that are out to cutback on employee social well being.

    7) The organization demands employees to purchase morning breakfast for the lecturers and management. They claim that it is highly motivating. Try that out for few months and you will know that it is plain exploitation.

    8) All employees have to come back on alternate saturdays. Don not take that seriously, especially on orientations or open houses, you will be needed to go back on most saturdays for almost that entire month. Best still, there is no compensation !!!!!

    9) Finally, there is no D&D or any special retreat for staff. A failing enterprise that does not know how to retain human talents is bound to fail, especially with their current sales and profits.

    You cannot possibly enhance or built up a specific skills there. You are basically a trained Ninja that does every nooks and crannies (For real, I mean every minor chores), which is simply not beneficial for those who aims to build on a real solid career path.

    Advice to Management

    Be Appreciative & loving, empower, transparency, and avoid double standards (Bias)


  9. "Business Lecturer"

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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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