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Updated February 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, good freedom to pursue own research as long as the required work is completed, people are quite good (in 14 reviews)

  • Good working environment with training and development (in 11 reviews)

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

  • Its management is resigning en masse eg head of HR, head of industrial development, head of research, deputy executive director (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 (6)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (19)

    "Organisation with Sick Management"

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

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

    Pros

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    Cons

    Probably the only organisation in the world with sick management, wasting taxpayers money by discussing negligible matters like room booking stats, shaming those who received poor customer survey feedback for their projects and many many more. The dogs of the Executive Director, trying their very best to impress the ED at the expense of others. Shaming the staff is one of their methods to disguise themselves for their own incompetency. We would like to highlight one of them who holds concurrently the directorship of a startup company in IME and enjoy himself by findings ways to shame us on different platforms. Since these are your special shaming projects and have been enjoying it, we will do likewise to feedback to the world on your performance feedback. We will continue to expose the wrongdoings till justice emerges. Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.

    Advice to Management

    When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Management overhaul needed"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at i2R full-time

    Pros

    great company when you have relative or friend already in the company
    lots of opening that no one wants to join to be in the labour Class

    Cons

    questionable management decisions
    aggressive cost-cutting in EOM and essential operations
    too many white-collar researcher not doing any direct research

    management style only satisfy the parent company, ASTAR, not the people who work for them

    Advice to Management

    complete overhaul of top management
    buy singaporean, hire singaporean


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Tyranny of Management"

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

    I worked at i2R full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good food around the area
    I had nice colleagues

    nothing good to say about the job

    Cons

    Management treats every staff like a witch or wizard,
    it doesn't matter if your opinions are differed,
    they'll contact you late into the night,
    it matters not if your dateline is tight.

    Micro-management is the favourite of the senior management.
    Fall-in-line, don't go off on a different tangent.
    Otherwise they'll decree,
    put your name RED and BIG for all to see.

    Send them your progress report,
    and make sure it's on the dot,
    but they won't read anything in it,
    till you tell them you want to exit.

    They'll tell you "good job",
    behind your backs, they'll whisper "what a slob"
    but no, when they're with others,
    their lies, oh, it smothers.

    Promotions, they'll promise,
    to the un-deserving always,
    afraid of the exodus,
    they'll try to appear magnanimous.

    The money's a pittance,
    not enough to make you dance,
    the bonus they'll spread,
    so you'll keep staying instead.

    Advice to Management

    Forcing hardworking, productive and talented individuals out of the organisation is a great move!
    Everyone covering their own backsides makes one heck of a workplace.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Need to Exodus More"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Head in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Deputy Head in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many hiding behind keyboard crying babies. Thus no need to waste much time with them.

    Cons

    Need to rehaul many more with top notch industry team replacement

    Advice to Management

    HR to replace another 230 with new blood asap!


  7. Helpful (18)

    "In I2R, it is always Xmas as there are no lack of micro-managing red tapes like over-accessorized Xmas Presents"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at i2R full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In general, i enjoyed working with the people in I2R and by means of people, i mean running on the ground like fellow scientists, engineers and overworked administrators and ID folks. I like how most of us bond like family and how most of us are closely knitted to resolve pretty tough deadlines and unreasonable management demands

    Cons

    If there was an honest HR handbook for I2R employees it will be detailing at least the following "Things to take note of"
    (i) New employees are to be prepared to be treated like dimwit even if you have a PhD or has been in the R&D scene for years.
    (ii) As a member I2R, you must be strategic and mainly by placing the word "strategic" will instantly make yourself more strategic even if it sounds totally ridiculous
    (iii) You will not be treated with respect, i.e. you are not considered as a person if (i) you are not the executive director's pet and (ii) not in some elitist capability building teams
    (iv) It will be a norm to receive friendly reminders of your meager existence when you are due for contract renewals. You will have to justify your renewal over and over again if you are deemed not strategic, i.e. doing what the management tells you to do, or risk having your contractual period lapsed with no news of termination or extension. Of course, you could spend some time contemplating why you are staying in a "you pay peanuts, you get monkeys" environment and join the industry who will pay you 25-30% better and treat you like a person
    (v) You will be well-trained in administrative tasks by indulging in hours of overtime required to finish tonnes of reports, biweekly, weekly, monthly reports of various kinds. It is PAPERWORK HEAVEN BABY!!
    (vi) You will develop skills to face the harsh world of the industry as you are expected to be shouted at, belittled, back stabbed by the pets of the executive director when you start to challenge their scientific capabilities. Also you will be taught of reasoning logic as you will be trained in justifying why your research work is better than IBM Watson.

    Advice to Management

    Knowledge workers are not blue-collared workers and even so, anyone should be treated with sufficient level of respect and trust, unless otherwise proven
    Everyone co-exist in the same ecosystem call I2R and anything affecting one person or group of individuals will inevitable affect others. We live in a family not isolated cells in a prison, we feel for our people and we will definitely be affected by their predicaments. The "WE" could not be belittled.
    There is more than the "ME" in the institute, the higher beings have totally lost sight of the "US" in I2R. I hope they will soon realize that the mass exodus of people who have left, the people who were ok being the "monkeys" being paid "peanuts", were ousted out by the burgeoning number of "presents" in this Christmas wonderland from hell.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "too much red tape"

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at i2R full-time

    Pros

    interesting colleagues, interesting research topics

    Cons

    obsession with commercialization without good understanding of technologies, multiple heads to report to

    Advice to Management

    trust your scientists, they are not evil, or stupid


  9. "Work Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at i2R full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment with training and development

    Cons

    Salary average, some Dr are self centered


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Sinking ship, escape now at any cost."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at i2R full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There were work life balance, flexible targets to pursue from time to time, until changes come after changes. There are still pretty good welfares such as medical insurance and flexible leave schemes, those are unlikely to be gone in short future.

    Cons

    People who can do things are either casted away or frozen into icebox. You can hardly do any useful project here. Management got no capability to deliver anything useful, apart from talking like emperor and doing micro management. These are just jokers here and plead be advised, for anyone looking for real science or engineering job and below 55 yrs old, AVOID HERE AT ALL COST.

    Advice to Management

    None, as none will be taken.


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