National University of Singapore

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National University of Singapore Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
261 Reviews
3.8
261 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working times are such that it gives you a great work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • The working environment is good in general: modern facility, nice college (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • No career progression and limited career growth (in 8 reviews)

  • Also, there is no usually no bonus given (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dynamic work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent environment that fosters professional growth of an individual

    Cons

    Adaptation to local work practices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    postdoctoral fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    well-paid, less pressure, flexible hours

    Cons

    sometimes boring, lack of communication with colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Research work in NUS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Good environment and funding. Nice colleagues and easy to fit in. The salary is fair enough to live in Singapore and better than US schools.

    Cons

    Regulation is very strict. May take long time to process. But better than some US universities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place for research development if you found nice supervisor

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    Former Employee - PhD Researcher/Student in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - PhD Researcher/Student in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you were positive, active, you will meet lots of intelligent people and learn a lot. And you will also have many opportunities to develop physical strength and abilities.

    Cons

    Your development depends on yourself very much as a PhD researcher/student. You must be active, open, otherwise no one else will care much about you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working in NUS as a research engineer in a company coordinated project

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance: pay-leave up to 28 days/year
    Competent colleagues who are willing to teach you and able to provide high quality of work,
    Good transaction from school to company.

    Cons

    No clear career path as a research engineer, if you are not going for a PhD degree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Average

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly colleague and nice working environment

    Cons

    No career progression and limited career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more incentives to attract more people.

  8.  

    Good Work/Life Balance, Median Salary Range, Very Poor Management of Admin/Exec Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time

    Pros

    Most of the faculty and students are great to work with. Very good work/life balance and quite a pro-family place.

    Cons

    The office politics can be out of hand. Some departments are very poorly managed. Very high turnover rate. Management of admin and executive staff needs a lot of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Big overhaul of the way admin/exec staff are managed and treated is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Postdoc in NUS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Didn't see any pros. I mean, it's a well known university, but there are many well known ones, and NUS doesn't stand out too much from them in terms of working comfort or anything that adds value to the working life.

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratized. For a research university one has to fill up endless forms and attend endless trainings, when am I supposed to do the actual research?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the paperwork, let the secretaries and the purchasing department deal with it. Trust more to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    From PhD perspective

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National University of Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The working environment is good in general: modern facility, nice college. The work schedule is quite flexible.

    Cons

    The welfare is not so good. No free tea and coffee break. The air-con doesn't work at weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the working environment by adding more service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Crippling environment mismanaged by academics.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University of Singapore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible benefits.
    Varied food choices for lunch.

    Cons

    The university has a history of springing academics into management positions for which they are thoroughly unequipped. For example, my department's main role was to partner foreign universities in exchange arrangements and encourage students to sign up for exchange programmes. However, we were first led by a professor of dentistry, who was then succeeded by a professor of linguistics. Until today, I'm still not sure how having good teeth or a frighteningly extensive vocabulary helped our work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing academics into positions for which they are not qualified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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