Singapore University of Social Sciences Reviews

Updated 29 Dec 2020

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Singapore University of Social Sciences President  Cheong Hee Kiat
Cheong Hee Kiat
7 Ratings
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  • "Office politics running way too rampant, from school offices all the way to the administrative offices(in 3 reviews)

  • "SUSS has a deeply toxic work environment with high levels of politics and even bullying(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Very good colleagues"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Senior Executive in Singapore

    I worked at Singapore University of Social Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good team that I worked with, all girls and super friendly and helpful

    Cons

    can get abit boring sometimes

  2. "review"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Singapore University of Social Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, bonus pretty decent too

    Cons

    Severe lack of work life balance


  3. "Culture"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Officer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Singapore University of Social Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Depending on department culture and can claim OT

    Cons

    Lower pay and some politics

  4. "University in Transition"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Clementi New Town, West
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Singapore University of Social Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are more than decent. A comfortable place to be if one is looking for some financial stability to tide things over.

    Cons

    Given that SUSS is the newest autonomous university (AU) in Singapore, many of the processes and programmes are still in transition, so newcomers must be prepared for more changes and politics in the years ahead. Relative to other local institutions, the teaching is extremely lightweight, as most of the courses (1) run for 3-6 weeks in a semester and are (2) developed and delivered by associate/adjunct faculty. Full-time faculty take on the weight of the administrative duties such as enrolment, scheduling, class audits, student engagement, and assignment/exam moderation. Some privileges are given to those whose grant applications are successful, but otherwise there is little to no incentive for research. In sum, the administrative work and internal projects are quite time-consuming and repetitive. Early-career scholars are also not given much support for professional development, which can negatively impact their prospects.

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  5. "McDonalds of Universities and a Bureaucratic Nightmare"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Singapore University of Social Sciences part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The name sounds like "sus", which tells much about the place.

    Cons

    Dense bureaucracy. Students, academics, buildings, websites, they are all just numbers and codes. There is no human touch and no passion for teaching. It is all about churning through students as fast as humanly possible. No autonomy for lecturers. Low educational standards, and expectations. You never know how much you are getting paid, and when you are getting paid. Money appears in your bank account one month, nothing happens the next. Any question you ask is referred to a 95 page manual for answers. You are sent a new form or asked to fulfil some random bureaucratic obligation daily.

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  6. "Part Time"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Clementi New Town, West
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Singapore University of Social Sciences part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice colleagues and flexible arrangement

    Cons

    Not much, since it is a part time job

  7. "SUSS"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Singapore University of Social Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and positive work environment

    Cons

    Little or no much career progression

  8. "Okay place to work"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Singapore University of Social Sciences full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Evergreen Fast paced environment Idealistic

    Cons

    Hierarchical Slow to implement change

  9. "positive"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Singapore University of Social Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good PCEO, good medical and leave benefit, cozy office space

    Cons

    high workload and fast pace

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  10. "Maintains academic standards"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Singapore University of Social Sciences part-time

    Pros

    Maintains academic standards amongst staff, which is good for the students Good use of technology

    Cons

    Work isn't assigned consistently to adjunct faculty.

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