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Singapore Economic Development Board Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2019

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Singapore Economic Development Board CEO Chng Kai Fong
Chng Kai Fong
30 Ratings
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  • "Long hours, officers need to be mindful to create their own work-life balance(in 14 reviews)

  • "Long hours - must be prepared to sacrifice personal life(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "A nice position with lots of independence"

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    Former Employee - Assistant to the Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Autonomy, congenial atmosphere, lots of respect from colleagues, interesting culture

    Cons

    No room for advancement, unique tax situation

    Singapore Economic Development Board2019-02-20
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great for fresh grads; not so for mid-careers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time

    Pros

    Great team culture and very little politics. A lot of resources poured into the development of younger employees. Bright people all around. Amazing exposure to companies and insights.

    Cons

    Many of the managers are poor people managers. Essentially great individual contributors promoted to managerial roles. Currently going through a time of transition where poor people management skills are even more damaging. Career progression heavily influenced by time norms instead of purely based on performance.

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable and allow more capable employees to bypass years of ticking off time norms.

    Singapore Economic Development Board2018-05-10
  3. "Summer Intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Singapore Economic Development Board

      Pros

      Love the job, lots of autonomy given to intern. Able to talk to clients!

      Cons

      It's mainly a research project, so it's not the most representative of the actual job scope of a Junior Officer.

      Singapore Economic Development Board2016-03-23
    • "Great culture"

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

      I have been working at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Talented individuals, driven with good intent (little/no politicking), plenty of meaning to be derived from the work we do. Mostly great bosses who care very much about an individual's professional and personal lives.

      Cons

      Processes are outdated and onerous, leading to inefficient work (for the unnecessary stuff)

      Singapore Economic Development Board2019-06-05
    • "Great place to work in"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time

      Pros

      Dynamic culture and strong purpose

      Cons

      Heavy amount of paperwork, lots of processes to adhere to

      Singapore Economic Development Board2019-05-23
    • "Head"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time

        Pros

        Good exposure to senior execs

        Cons

        Lack of depth and operations knowledge in industry

        Singapore Economic Development Board2019-05-14
      • "Great colleagues"

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        Current Employee - Senior Lead in Singapore
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Singapore Economic Development Board

        Pros

        Good place to forge friendships.

        Cons

        Competitive and long working hours.

        Singapore Economic Development Board2019-05-13
      • "Good place for young officer"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
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        Neutral Outlook

        I have been working at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time

        Pros

        Great autonomy over work and also opportunities to interact with senior executives. Also as a young officer, there is opportunity to make an impact.

        Cons

        Heavy KPIs tied to individual contributors and account managers. When you are absent no one will be able to take up your workstream as it is too context heavy, relationship driven.

        Advice to Management

        To set the direction of the organisation right and take care of how new career trajectories might impact individual life trajectories (getting married, having a kid)

        Singapore Economic Development Board2019-03-05
      • "Snapshot of Personal Experience at EDB"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time

        Pros

        - Emphasis on building career capital through formal courses and on-job training (and regular catch ups with bosses to ascertain training and developmental needs) - Good opportunities to be stretched to do more, providing even more avenues for learning (in addition to own portfolio); for e.g. through corporate assignments

        Cons

        - Entrenched culture and way of thinking that may impede generation of new ideas and winning moves (which the organisation actively seeks, but struggles to find)

        Singapore Economic Development Board2018-11-28
      • "Great work culture"

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        Former Employee - Lead 
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        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Singapore Economic Development Board full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Exposure to senior management of global MNCs, various industries.

        Cons

        Long hours, officers need to be mindful to create their own work-life balance.

        Singapore Economic Development Board2018-11-02
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