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i2R Reviews

Updated August 28, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good Environment, Friendly Colleagues, Work-life balance" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Good working environment with training and development" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "A little bit low salary (for interns)" (in 5 reviews)

  • "stagnant pay, increments by a few percent each year which is even less than inflation" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great learning environment with nurturing mentors and flexibility in the projects you get to work on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to learn and start off a research career at especially with infocomm technologies, speech recognition, human language technology, etc.

    Cons

    Takes a while to publish research because of internal review process, and limited funding for external attached researchers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be good, now collapsing due to "A-STAR transform""

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at i2R full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good office location and environment, Good (but worsening) work-life balance and personal freedom

    Cons

    Salary is at least 10% lower than market; increment is less than inflation. Boss does not even have the privilege to raise key staffs' salary due to the salary system, key/core staffs keeps resigning; management is a big hindrance to R&D ; right now, the extremely high turn-over rate in both R&D and management has hastened the pace at which it collapses. Expect some major changes in structure and policy in the near term, otherwise, it is unlikely to survive very long.

    Advice to Management

    Tight financial control is good for research or public service because it slows down the spending of tax-payers' money; however, for industrial projects, it slows down project progress and reduces revenue. It is quite ridiculous to spend money in financial management which reduces productivity.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Once good for work & life, now like hell and worse and worse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Head
    Current Employee - Department Head
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at i2R full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None of these exists any more

    Cons

    Lots of forms to fill in, tons of progress reports to draft everyday. Managers want to micro manage you for every piece of work. Top managements are like total joke.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company for good, please!


  4. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at i2R (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable job, well paid, autonomy

    Cons

    HR sometimes can be a bit unresponsive


  5. "Research Engineer"

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

    I worked at i2R full-time

    Pros

    Brand name on Resume

    Cons

    The company is meant for experienced, newbies do not get any guidance

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire newbies if you cannot support them


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good changes"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at i2R full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I actually like the changes made in past year. I2r is now the highest performance RI. More than a year ago i2r was one of the lowest performance RI ever.

    Cons

    I worked in data unit. Alot of scholars with arrogant attitude and spreading negatives despite their own inflexible mentality. These scholars can't even make it to top industry position.

    Advice to Management

    Careful monitor and various people check on i2r scholars. Most of them don't deserved the benefits and hurting others with their small hearted negative attitude to anyone that dare to correct them. We don't need most of them anyway as they don't really bring much to i2r or Singapore.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Not recommended."

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Singapore (Singapore)
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No overtime. But only for a few departments. May have a good working life balance. And no more. No more. Sad.

    Cons

    Change leaders frequently. Salary below market. Never realize the promise. And they do not recognize the staff value. Emm. Emm.

    Advice to Management

    No, as none will be taken.

  8. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Environment, Friendly Colleagues, Work-life balance

    Cons

    Need to get more exposures


  9. Helpful (23)

    "researcher"

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

    I have been working at i2R full-time

    Pros

    terrible management for employee working there

    Cons

    a lot of complaints for employee

    Advice to Management

    change change change


  10. Helpful (32)

    "What a Waste!"

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

    I worked at i2R full-time

    Pros

    It used to be good firm once with very proper research infrstructure

    Cons

    Well, I guess a lot of people have expressed their views recently and I concur. I hate to see how this firm has collapsed and all due to stubborn and inept management at the top.


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