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Republic Polytechnic Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall great working environment"

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

    I have been working at Republic Polytechnic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good work life balance (no night calls, no hectic overseas business trips).
    - Colleagues are highly cooperative. Everyone will come together to get things done.
    - A lot of freedom to get things done or start new initiatives.
    - Once a week telecommuting during the holidays; ample leaves and benefits.
    - Fully air conditioned campus and facilities are new.
    - Small group teaching (max 25 students) allow lecturers to interact with students more and guide them in their learnings. New teaching methodologies are encouraged besides PBL.

    Cons

    - More student care is required due to student demographics.
    - Lots of work to do as the focus is on the variety of work and not the specialization of work.
    - Procurement takes ages to process, making innovation difficult.
    - Career progression maybe difficult as some have been stuck as a lecturers for a long time.


  2. "good if..."

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

    I have been working at Republic Polytechnic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    tolerance of incompetence; easy to get promoted if you are good with blindly following orders without questioning purpose, or you're "nice", and if you're female, behave coquettishly;
    RP management values people whose competencies are replaceable by robots so you can always get a job here even if you're redundant in the industry. Woohoo!

    A lot of good work and progressive practices put in by the founding principal and his team has been dismentled by this current team

    Cons

    be prepared to have your work "borrowed" for reporting by obedient and "nice" candidates earmarked by management for promotion;
    although this is an educational institution that claims to promote critical thinking and entrepreneurship, staff who ask inconvenient questions have their progress curtailed and a lot of processes have been introduced to minimize imaginary risks

    Advice to Management

    Don't bother with another staff survey until you're prepared to change; fish starts rotting from the head

  3. "Good For Retirement"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Republic Polytechnic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working hours. Can knock off at 5pm. Varies across schools. But campus is nearly empty by 6pm

    Telecommuting during school holidays for academic staff.

    Cons

    Distance. Far from MRT. So staff tend to fall back on taxi so end up spending more on transport than for any usual job.

    Bureaucratic with limited progression. Can be monotonous. Although its expected in any public service job.

    PBL teaching format is a farce. Lecturers follow it minimally.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  4. "Not nurturing"

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

    I worked at Republic Polytechnic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Support available from other departments (not support given within the same department)

    Cons

    Not nurturing, no teamwork, no mentorship


  5. "Worked as contract-based Research Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Woodlands New Town (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Woodlands New Town (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There is a good working environment, e.g. well-equipped lab, nice office and sport facilities. And I have certain freedom to do research project. Colleagues are friendly.

    Cons

    There is no career development opportunity in the school. If I continue working in the school, it will be still contract job. For contract-based job, there is no bonus.

    Advice to Management

    It is better to provide more opportunities if the employee's performance is good. The management should be more efficient to review the research project to ensure continuously funding the good project.


  6. "Full time lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Republic Polytechnic full-time

    Pros

    RP boasts one of the newest campus in Singapore. The environment is really nice, with sheltered walkways/air-conditioned indoors almost 90% of the campus. The canteen food is great as well.

    Cons

    Contrary to popular belief, full time lecturers have a hell lot of admin work to do, so work-life balance during term time is really quite limited. There is also little room for career progression.

    Advice to Management

    While lecturers are supposed to have industrial experience, not everyone enjoys working with/in the industry, and thus heavy reliance on industrial projects as a KPI may be unfair to lecturers who excel in delivering lessons.


  7. "Full-time lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Republic Polytechnic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Able to impart your knowledge and skills to the students.

    Cons

    Too much SOPs, too many dead-logs in the organisation.
    Pays for a part-time lecturer may exceed that of a full-time lecturer, especially if the full-timer has less than 10 years of working experience. Though part-timer has no bonus and pay during holidays, the additional income may not commensurate the amount of efforts spent on non-teaching responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Management Support Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Republic Polytechnic full-time

    Pros

    Can leave office on time on most days
    Conducive working environment
    Good staff benefits
    Plenty of facilities available to staffs such as school gym, basketball court as well as library

    Cons

    Most dept face manpower issues, workload tend to be taxing at time due to insufficient manpower. Mid management style can be messy and chaotic. Management tend to paint a beautiful picture of the department's vision but nothing concrete can be seen to be implemented for the department to move in that direction.

    Advice to Management

    Better manage the staff's portfolio as well as look out for signs of overwhelming workload imposed on staff. It's better to manage staff's load rather than lose them due to fatigue or burnout.


  9. "Great place for Part- Time Lecturers"

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    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Woodlands New Town (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Associate Lecturer in Woodlands New Town (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Republic Polytechnic part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lesson plans are fully provided, easy to use LMS, flexibility to commit to other part-time engagements

    Cons

    Lesson materials are a little out-dated at times, need to be reworked to be more current

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your full-time staff as they work very hard


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a Family Friendly, slow pace place.

    Cons

    Red Tapes are hindering work flow.


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