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i2R Reviews

Updated June 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good Environment, Friendly Colleagues, Work-life balance" (in 14 reviews)

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

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

  • "Micro-management of staff from senior management in a distrustful environment, and many many more" (in 5 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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    • Career Opportunities
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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 (10)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good changes"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Forgiving management"

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

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

    Pros

    Forgiving management for those are whistleblown as long as he could bring in numbers to make ED looks good. Good place to join for sinners.

    Cons

    Management is lacking of integrity and credibility. Say one thing and do another.

    Lots of eunuchs who like to carry the ED, but don’t know much. Behaved like a mouse when reprimanded by ED. Workplace is a political minefield. Director biscuit employs spies among the departments and encourage a backstabbing culture, resulting a divide and conquer and mistrust cultures. Many staff, non staff and A*STAR are aware of the issues, but fearful to speak up or act on it. Top heavy. Too many talkers and little doers. Directors are spineless and pay lip service. Finding faults on staff to justify one’s existence. Over promised projects and couldn’t deliver due to number chase.

    Advice to Management

    We love your masks.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Only those who left and the existing staff will know"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only those who left and the existing staff will know. There are many push factors for staff not to remain in this sampan for long.

    Cons

    Only those who left and the existing staff will know. Staff are not only u happy with the tyrant management but also strongly disagreed on how the management manipulated the stats to look good to A*STAR and the ministry. That’s explain why the company has difficulties in recruiting new staff to join due to its bad brand created in the public.

    Advice to Management

    Well done.


  6. Helpful (16)

    "No freedom of love"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great supervisor who gives full support for good appraisal ratings, opportunities to be in charge of projects although does not have technical knowledge, opportunities to travel on official and personal trips.

    Cons

    Does not allow true love in the organisation and even in the same department. Should not separate who are really in true love between department head and staff in same department. Totally not understanding. Forced us to pretend emotionless during office hours.

    Advice to Management

    Please allow true love.


  7. Helpful (14)

    "WHAT A WASTE (noun)"

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

    I have been working at i2R full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nil, nothing, none, zero, minus, negative, non existence, null, deficit, Nil, nothing, none, zero, minus, negative, non existence, null, deficit,

    Cons

    incompetent, ineffective, worthless, ineffectual, incapable, inept, inadequate, hopeless, weak, bad, no good , arrogant, disrespectful, distrustful, gutless, coward, scheming - emperor and their dogs.

    Advice to Management

    These are not grievances. But a diary of your wrong doings.

  8. Helpful (19)

    "Company with attractive incentives"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great recruitment incentives given to staff for referral of successful candidates from staff. Thanks to the bad name created by the management and wise applicants for doing their homework for not joining this wonderful ship.

    Cons

    No incentives for staff who could successfully refer better leaders for i2R. No incentives for staff who could successfully refer better leaders for i2R.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider to implement incentives for staff to refer candidates to replace the current OSCARS winners from the management.


  9. Helpful (19)

    "An organisation which is pointless to remain"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at i2R full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues, near to mrt, good eateries, nice building, fitness amenities, many coffee shops, Starbucks two storeys outlet, mid end supermarket

    Cons

    An organisation which made empty promises to staff, over commitment of deliverables to collaborators, plenty of process for all levels of staff, arrogance of senior management, making lives difficult who do not listen and comply to rigid red tapes, no morale courage of senior management to take up ownership of things which are requested from them. Pointless to remake n in such an organisation without job satisfaction and causing low morale to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Public and collaborators are not blind.


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Birds of a feather flock together"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil nil

    Cons

    Best mix of the 21st level directors whom are the dropouts or outcasts of other organisations, intimidating and belittling staff, labelling staff as worthless in their eyes.

    Advice to Management

    None


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