Defence Science & Technology Agency Reviews

Updated Dec 1, 2021

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Tan Wei Ming Mervyn
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Pros
  • "Good work-life balance and remunerations(in 42 reviews)

  • "Challenging Environment, good pay, stable(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Be prepared to navigate through lots of red tape(in 77 reviews)

  • "Lots of red-tape, as expected in a defence agency to ensure security(in 28 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good team and working environment

      Dec 1, 2021 - Principal Analyst in Singapore
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      Pros

      - Good team. You will have colleagues and managers, whom you can count on and learn and overcome issues together. - Good exposure to a wide range of technologies and different domain knowledge. Projects are challenging and meaningful. - Stable job with good remuneration.

      Cons

      - Red-tape, due to DSTA being a government agency in the defense community.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Challenging but meaningful environment

      Nov 30, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
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      Pros

      Dynamic working environment create opportunities for sharing of thoughts, ideas for management consideration. Refreshing to work with like minded colleagues who thrive towards common goal of contributing to national defence tech. Saw efforts invested from management to continuously enhance employees’ welfare including recent quarterly family day, and dialogues/town hall for transparency

      Cons

      Fast paced, which require effective self management of time and initiate discussion with key stakeholders to understand what’s their priorities

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Place where smart minions work

      Nov 27, 2021 - Senior Engineer 
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      Pros

      competitive salary good, smart and friendly colleagues

      Cons

      1. The amount of red tape is tremendously scary. A simple task can take you few weeks to get things moving. Apparently there is a 'red tape taskforce group' set up to reduce red tape. Mgts create the red tape and start a task force to reduce own redtape. Nice. 2. Farmers will never be able surpass Scholars despite the better achievements and hard work put in. Justifiable for a Stat Board's talent investment but farmers who are more capable and talented are not as appreciated as poor performing scholars. 3. The workplace hierarchy is top down approach and military style. Very often, we are brainwashed to just follow instructions and have the 'nike' motto without asking much questions. Its hard to ask management why we have to do this or that, because most probably the management is also giving very ambiguous instructions and they don't know what their senior management wants. 4. Its hard to dream big and do big for a greater purpose, because there is a fear of failure and failure is frowned upon by management as it reflects badly on them. The majority of engineers are trained to do just your own work and deliver tested and proven solutions to the SAF community.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Positive outlook

      Nov 25, 2021 - Analyst in Singapore
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      Pros

      Company embraces hybrid work where possible. Work is challenging but fulfilling. Supervisors and bosses are willing to communicate on your aspirations and expectations of the work. Colleagues are great to work with.

      Cons

      When crunch time happens, it can be very taxing with long hours. Crunch time can also sustain for a prolonged period of time depending on the department. Lots of processes but there is some indication of review to streamline and cut red tape.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Exciting work that makes a difference to Singapore

      Nov 25, 2021 - Senior Principal Engineer in Singapore
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      Pros

      1. Challenging and meaningful work than makes a difference to the defense of Singapore. 2. Exposure to cutting edge technologies with ample opportunities to grow technically.

      Cons

      1. Time pressures could be high at times, but the rewarding outcomes more than make up for this.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good place to grow

      Nov 23, 2021 - Manager 
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      Pros

      Pays well and regularly ensures rewards are on par with market rates. Readily recognise and reward contributions. Embraces WFH culture.

      Cons

      Workload tends to be a bit heavy. Strict security processes, but that comes with working in such organisation.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Working in DSTA

      Nov 22, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great learning opportunities, dynamic environment

      Cons

      When it's busy, it's really busy.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Paradise for people who wants to practice real systems engineering

      Nov 23, 2021 - Engineer in Singapore
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      Pros

      Lots of opportunities to apply systems engineering and architecting in a real world context for complex systems. The pay is good and work is challenging.

      Cons

      Red tape can be better streamlined.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Review

      Nov 17, 2021 - Program Manager 
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      Pros

      Innovate for Singapore's defence, offers many opportunities.

      Cons

      Can be quite taxing and have to work multiple projects

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Project Management

      Nov 17, 2021 - Project Manager in Singapore
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      Pros

      Learned good project management skills

      Cons

      Can have a lot of work processes

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