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Singapore Armed Forces Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Steady job with progression and work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Free food, Free lodging, Free Exercise (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • super long working hours at times (in 13 reviews)

  • Red tape, favour scholars, short career span (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lieutenant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time

    Pros

    - Great chance to interact with people from different backgrounds
    - Gain valuable experience in people management and operations planning
    - Chances for overseas deployment

    Cons

    - The work might be repetitive after working for a period of time in the company
    - Depending on department, one might not get a lot of autonomy or flexibility in making decisions

    Advice to Management

    - Top-down relationships between superiors and junior staff can be improved
    - Allow for greater flexibility when implementing activities or events


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Great training and overseas exercises are interesting

    Cons

    hierarchical, huge variance in quality of leaders

  3. "National Service"

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

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

    Pros

    Meet New People
    Learned New Things

    Cons

    Required for citizenship
    Decent payment
    Takes away two years


  4. "Alright"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time

    Pros

    Free food, free accomodations. It's not like any singaporean has a choice. It did give me a sense of responsibility though.

    Cons

    All Singaporeans are forced into the army. The work environment is pretty strict. After awhile, it gets better. Stay clear.

    Advice to Management

    Please value your soldiers more to make them feel more special. If you do, more singaporeans will be willing to help out.


  5. "National Service"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional and thorough
    Emphasis on Safety

    Cons

    As is the nature of the work, at times things may seem unfair.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stable and steady job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, especially for fresh graduates
    Not just your day-to-day office job
    Chance to travel around the world in places like Brunei and Germany

    Cons

    Have to deal with many uninterested conscripts
    Focus on KPIs may be distracting


  7. Helpful (1)

    "ASA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about office life and mastered Excel

    Cons

    Very Rigid at times, sometimes you could not be creative in your solution

  8. "Awesome experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces full-time

    Pros

    The best experience i have ever had, trained your mentality and discipine.

    Cons

    Nothing is bad. Everything that i have been through, will just keep making you stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going the goodwork!! And all the best for the SAF!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mandatory, low incentives"

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

    Pros

    Good training program, excellent exposure to military knowledge

    Cons

    Poor incentives, long hours, strong sense of bureaucracy


  10. "Good ole times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Singapore Armed Forces part-time

    Pros

    Was a NS officer. Great company, free food/lodging, challenging work conditions. Promotion from 2lt to lta basically guaranteed.

    Cons

    Too much time spent on paperwork that could've ultilized better, ridiculously low pay(i mean allowance) for the hours put in. Under staffed in key areas. Weekends are a luxury


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