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SPRING Singapore Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  • No work life balance since weekends were spent working on laptop (in 4 reviews)

  • Officers are expected to do work that is outside of job scope (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SPRING Singapore full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    it is a dynamic place, young, vibrant. the pay is decent and the culture is generally friendly and open. if you enjoy the nature of government work and are interested in economic development, then SPRING is a good place.

    Cons

    can be busy and the workload is heavy. as with other public sector agencies, there is a need to manage multiple stakeholders and bosses


  2. "Review on SPRING"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SPRING Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Competitive and long working hours

  3. "Good learning ops"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPRING Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Good learning ops, very good BP system

    Cons

    Bureacratic at times and management needs convincing to implement innovative solutions


  4. "Nice people in general, but staff underappreciated"

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    Current Employee - Senior Officer/Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Officer/Manager

    I have been working at SPRING Singapore full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company culture and benefits. Generally nice and helpful people.

    Cons

    Some mismatch of talent to job roles. Underappreciated staff

    Advice to Management

    Need for greater consistency in directions, and better staff appreciation.


  5. "Senior manager"

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

    I have been working at SPRING Singapore full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, culture is generally good. People are helpful, not as territorial as other agencies.

    Many staff activities like lunch talks, free lunch! Sports day, SPRING Day out etc.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency for promotion/grading criteria. Weak management, non-nurturing, does not look to impart skills to officers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your staff development.


  6. "Business Advisor"

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

    I worked at SPRING Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to meet business owners from all walks.

    Cons

    Lack of focus in management directions. Extremely high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Relook at internal SOPs.


  7. "Good Place to Learn"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPRING Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    SPRING can be a good place to learn more about SMEs, depending on the department, ability to pick up useful skills,

    Cons

    As much as the organisation tries to share that it wants to remove inefficiencies, red tape and unproductive meetings continue here.

    Advice to Management

    Change is necessary but if it is not communicated to the different levels of employees, it will never be well received. Also, important to really align actions with the intentions articulated.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "SPRING offers great learning opportunities...along with red tape and weak bosses."

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    Former Employee - Senior Officer
    Former Employee - Senior Officer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SPRING Singapore full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great colleagues (in general) who are helpful and warm.
    - Plenty of learning opportunities. You get to meet plenty of companies, founders (both bad and good) and build on your people skills.

    Cons

    - Red tape. Too many layers of approval to clear.
    - Long hours but to be fair, it depends on which department / team you are in.
    - Generally weak Heads (supervisors) who aren't nurturing and simply play the role of "messenger".
    - "Memos" (a.k.a long and unnecessary reports to management) that require a million revisions before it clears to the next level of approval.

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason why the attrition rate in SPRING Singapore is rather high. Staff don't leave their companies / organizations, they leave their bosses. Get people who know what they're doing into the "Head" position and actually groom your officers. Treat them well and have confidence in their abilities.

    For goodness sakes', please get rid of all these 15+ page "memos" and presentation decks that are eating into your officers' time (and efforts). Unnecessary burdens and are absolutely driving your officers up the wall. "Heads" (and even directors) are also making mind-boggling revisions just to show they are doing work, further wasting officers' time. Not to mention lame, unproductive questions to companies, frustrating all parties involved.

    Take a good look at your internal processes, get your officers to really share their experiences and you'll see some boiling issues. Once again, think carefully why the attrition rate is abnormally high. There's an issue somewhere.


  9. "Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SPRING Singapore (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Young & vibrant Place
    -Many lunch time talks held

    Cons

    Lacks career development for Diploma Holders due to many scholar there


  10. Helpful (4)

    "You must really be passionate about SMEs and start-ups"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPRING Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Depending on which department you are in, you could either have a very slack experience or one that is busy but fulfilling. It is useful to find out more about your department's culture, superiors and colleagues before joining, as your experience might differ depending on which part of the company you are in.

    Cons

    Officers are expected to do work that is outside of job scope. Staff attrition is high and HR policy can be frustrating. There is the sense that HR is more self-serving than company-oriented.

    Advice to Management

    The justification that high staff turnover is because young officers like to job hop is not valid. Officers are not averse to staying on. The organisation should reconsider how its attitude towards staff and also provide better training.


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