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Raffles Design Institute Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "BEWARE DO NOT ASSOCIATE"

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

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cross culture
    Distinctive working habit

    Cons

    Gold digger
    Rude people
    Poor work flexibility
    A lot mind games
    Poor quality


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A great place for "interesting" experiences"

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

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time

    Pros

    They're very creative with excuses and half-truths, and show imagination in marketing themselves. A wonderful place if you enjoy being verbally abused and micromanaged day in, day out. Now you, too, can have lots of overtime work and office politics at a low, low salary!

    Cons

    Oh, none! None whatsoever, as the "Engaged Employer" reviews show! Everything is perfect here! Seriously, on paper their vision and purpose are quite meaningful. It's just a pity that's where it remains -- students & their parents see the ads and don't realize there's actually nothing there.

    Advice to Management

    Stop leaving fake positive reviews on your Engaged Employer account. It's obvious to everyone except yourselves that presenting a pretty picture instead of improving management shows lack of sincerity.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bangkok (Thailand)

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are very accommodating to interns and do everything to help one feel comfortable. Students are very polite and supportive of staff and are useful subjects to conduct surveys on. Management was great and was very open to our suggestions and our analysis

    Cons

    There was little direction from management and sometimes the interns did not know what to do to fill in the gaps. Sometimes work was given for the sake of giving work instead of for productivity.

    Advice to Management

    I think it would be great to have more internships available as the students expressed a need for management to understand their needs as young creative people, something that younger interns will have the upper hand on.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Labor Law Violator"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Middle Managers try their best to find ways to engage staff and boost morale

    Cons

    Does not follow labor contract laws (e.g. China). They do not provide expat benefits as required by law to foreigners and get around by saying it is a local business and if you sign a grossly unfair contract that is your undoing.

    Advice to Management

    Follow what the law says


  5. Helpful (3)

    "The fake school"

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

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this place.

    Cons

    super bad staff who only care about money. A super fake school with nothing but a fake administration. I feel bad for the students who pay 12,000 dollars a semester for nothing but a fake education. Literally, all this school cares about is money. There is no structure at all.

    Advice to Management

    get it together.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "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

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time

    Pros

    Living in Shanghai. Unfortunately that is all!

    Cons

    Incompetent management that confuses control with management. They treat employees badly and have no idea what they are doing. I have never encountered people with no integrity and so much ignorance. All decisions are made randomly without a plan. Cutting cost is the main and only strategy they have.

    Advice to Management

    Get some management training and treat people with respect.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interior Design"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best & peaceful place to work, explore & learn.

    Cons

    It's nothing as of now.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Lecturer"

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

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is much to be said for giving lecturers freedom on the classroom. On a practical level Raffles does this well. If the lecturer is motivated and hard working there is great opportunity to improve your methodologies, your students and yourself personally.

    Cons

    The management is passive in it's approach to improving the learning environment and sometimes actively against improving the staff. This makes for a very demotivating experience for those who want to see improvement and growth.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on the improvement the staff that want to improve and it will pass on to those who do not. The students will benefit and the reputation of the school will improve.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Besides the good relation one establishes with the students there is not another single positive thing about this company

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Has no business vision and just cares about sparing costs. Uses a "Divide and Conquer" strategy to keep the employees against each other, in a terrible gossiping culture, where only the "Yes, sir!" kind of people can survive. You can forget about having new ideas to improve the organization, as they will be bluntly ignored.
    Organization career and promotion opportunities are totally random and non transparent.
    Worst place where I've worked ever!

    Advice to Management

    Where to start? What to say?
    Is becoming more obvious what is the clear objective of this company: doing money laundering for other illegitimate businesses. Is the only explanation one can find to justify that so unprofessional, incompetent and useless staff keeps being selected for management roles. This company has being around for over 20 years now and it's so obvious that this apparent success is not based on the added value they bring to education industry. So something else has to be holding them of closing doors.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Do NOT come here"

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

    I worked at Raffles Design Institute full-time

    Pros

    The building is warm in the winter, the AC mostly works in summer, and the leaks when it rains are limited to just some rooms. The expat staff are great, a friendly bunch who are easy to approach, and professional in their work and skills.

    Cons

    This is a private institute, and therefore it is not a school, but a business. The students can demand, and threaten and insult and intimidate without consequence.
    Lecturers have little to no support, nor faith that they will be listened upon a dispute
    The students are lazy and full of excuses to the point it is hard to teach them. It is like Kindergarden, but less manners.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the lecturers or you will spend more constantly replacing them. There is a reason the turnover is so huge and frequent. Support and stand behind the lecturers, not the students simply because they bring money. Be more selective in the students you allow to join the school, some are clearly not interested or talented, and it wastes time and resources that you seem to hardly be able to afford anyhow, judged on what lecturers are paid.


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