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Old 20-06-2021, 08:06 PM
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Probably shows you don't need a CS degree to be a SWE. The polsci student can gain some experience and jump ship after a few years. He made the right choice!
Unless he probably do coding in his free time or as freelance. i.e. got strong interest in SE but can't get into the course. I don't get how he is able to pass the technical test.

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After reading many reviews in Glassdoor, I realise every company is a bad company. Apparently, unhappy staff took to Glassdoor to voice their unhappiness against the company. Every company will surely have unhappy staff due to misfit or personality clashes with bosses or colleagues. So I suggest you can read reviews in Glassdoor, but donít be too overly influenced by all the negative reviews. My father works whole life in DSTA btw. Of course he has his fair share of ups and downs, but he is well compensated for all his hard works.
i don't think it would be wise to outright dismiss the reviews from unhappy staff. while there is always a number of unhappy people in every org, i think the volume of negative feedback is something to take into consideration as well. after all, there is no smoke without fire and not every negative review is because of "misfit" or "personality clashes". this is the sort of perspective that leads to real organisational problems being ignored and swept under the carpet (because the assumption must be staff cannot fit in right? not the org's fault that things are dysfunctional), which then leads to the vicious cycle of staff becoming unhappier and then leading to high turnover. this is not to say your father's anecdotal experience is inaccurate, but it may be that your father is lucky to be in a team that is relatively isolated from these systemic problems, especially in public service where different departments can be very siloed from each other.

end of the day, agree that anyone with an offer should take the reviews with a pinch of salt but still be prudent enough to acknowledge the possible issues. of course, best is to ask someone you know who is working there to know whether there is any truth to the reviews.

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Hi to everyone who replied to my post #12059, thanks for the informative replies.
I graduated from NUS ISS GDipsa. May I ask why LTA over DSTA? Other than the reviews on DSTA glassdoor it being a more specialized? Would think that DSTA is a technical SB and hence would be better for SWE.

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Old 21-06-2021, 02:07 AM
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Haha nope. Can never match. 220k is like almost the pay of your stat board DCEO liao.
220k is only the "starting pay" for mx9
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Old 21-06-2021, 11:59 AM
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EDB 10char
Disagree, MAS is more prestigious
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Disagree, MAS is more prestigious
Lol itís not honestly having worked as an AD in MAS n senior associate in EDB, I would hands down find more qualified and people of quality in EDB.
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Hi to everyone who replied to my post #12059, thanks for the informative replies.
I graduated from NUS ISS GDipsa. May I ask why LTA over DSTA? Other than the reviews on DSTA glassdoor it being a more specialized? Would think that DSTA is a technical SB and hence would be better for SWE.
I guess some of us were confused as there was a poster saying he/she had major in political science.. idk much about SWE but if I were to choose Iíll choose LTA as there will be more project opportunities considering it a super huge sb
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Old 21-06-2021, 01:57 PM
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Hi to everyone who replied to my post #12059, thanks for the informative replies.
I graduated from NUS ISS GDipsa. May I ask why LTA over DSTA? Other than the reviews on DSTA glassdoor it being a more specialized? Would think that DSTA is a technical SB and hence would be better for SWE.
not sure about SWE in particular, but in general most engineers in DSTA end up doing a lot of project management work one way or the other as you go up the hierarchy, since it is primarily a defence acquisition agency. not to say there is no SWE work either, but my impression is rather than DSTA, DSO is the more technical oriented organization in the local defence sector.

skills transferability is also an issue if you are not committed here long term for a career, since a lot of projects here are very niche application to military, and also you cannot really talk about your projects for security reasons.

that said i can't speak for LTA. starting pay should also be quite high for engineers in DSTA.
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Hi to everyone who replied to my post #12059, thanks for the informative replies.
I graduated from NUS ISS GDipsa. May I ask why LTA over DSTA? Other than the reviews on DSTA glassdoor it being a more specialized? Would think that DSTA is a technical SB and hence would be better for SWE.
s://forums.salary.sg/income-jobs/885-compare-civil-service-salary-1207.html#post174564

I was the replier for the above, to me LTA better cos

LTA have self-managed IT division such as
In-house IT Group
Transport Technology Group
Tech and Industry Dev Group

DSTA got what?
classified 1 - Army
classified 2 - Navy
classified 3 - Air Force
classified 4 - Special Ops

so 5 years down the road, you wanna move to other places... the interviewer asked you what have you achieved for the pass 5 years.. you said classified?!?!
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Old 21-06-2021, 08:47 PM
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I was the replier for the above, to me LTA better cos

LTA have self-managed IT division such as
In-house IT Group
Transport Technology Group
Tech and Industry Dev Group

DSTA got what?
classified 1 - Army
classified 2 - Navy
classified 3 - Air Force
classified 4 - Special Ops

so 5 years down the road, you wanna move to other places... the interviewer asked you what have you achieved for the pass 5 years.. you said classified?!?!
For the sake of interview, it's ok to just say what we did in DSTA, not like the interview will be recorded for public consumption anyway.
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