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Hi,

I'm a Java / J2EE professional with 7.5 Yrs Exp. I got a direct job offer from a European Bank for Singapore (Package 1,000,00 SGD per year + 20K SGD yearly discretionary bonus).

Anybody working in Singapore currently or having worked there, please suggest if it would be advisable to move to Singapore on a long term basis, keeping in mind the work culture specially and other living conditions.

Also advice if this is a good package on this experience level.

I'm single and working in a large Indian IT Services company (and therefore there're always chances of long term assignments in other countries E.g. Europe / US etc.).

Looking forward to an early reply from avid JavaRanch members

Thanks all in advance.
 
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Check this
 
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Hi Sree,

Thanks for this link. The package I got seems to be inline with the current standards.

Any advice on Work Culture in Singapore and advantages / disadvantages in comparison with a long term assignment in Europe / US through an Indian IT Services company?

Best Regards,
Sunit
 
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Originally posted by Sunit Gupta:

Any advice on Work Culture in Singapore and advantages / disadvantages in comparison with a long term assignment in Europe / US through an Indian IT Services company?



Opinion differs.

I had been to the Europe and the Singapore.
Personally, I liked Europe than Singapore. However Singapore also had a few advantages over Europe.

Europe - Work, Work Culture, People, Place, Weather, Public Transportation (in major cities atleast), laws were awesome. Cost of living is very high. Also you'll pay more taxes. Takes time to get a Permanent Residence if in case you are looking for one.

Singapore - Work is mostly Support based (Particularly in MNC banks what I've seen - There may be exceptions). Work Culture is nice and People are friendly. Place - a very small place and you'll get bored within a month or two. Weather is just like India - very hot in summer. Public Transportation is very nice. Tax is less when compared to US, Europe or even India sometimes. If you get a PR, you'll have to pay more PF and that's a different story. PR takes hardly 3 months now-a-days (heard from my friends - so not sure). Cost of living is not really high. But the Rules Suck! They are very Strict.

One more thing in long run is in SG, you can grow your kids in a regular Indian school than elite education which most Indians prefer (Assuming that you're an Indian).

I haven't been to the US and so I can't comment about that.
 
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Thanks Thamizh,

That's really a 'To the Point' comparison, exactly what I was looking for.

Basically there's a possibility of a long term assignment in Switzerland through my current company, hence I was evaluating these options.

Best Regards,
Sunit
 
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I am currently working in Singapore and i don't find working culture good enough. Here Technical work mean support only..! I think i am loosing my skills here and planning to relocate back to India, So I prefer you please don't come to Singapore..!
I am also working for one of the world biggest Bank...!
 
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Originally posted by Sunny Jain:
I am currently working in Singapore and i don't find working culture good enough. Here Technical work mean support only..! I think i am loosing my skills here and planning to relocate back to India, So I prefer you please don't come to Singapore..!
I am also working for one of the world biggest Bank...!





You should not generalize based on just a single experience. Before signinig up, one needs to make sure what type of role it is, what will be his/her responsibilities, Company culture, nature and budget of the project, technologies used, frameworks used, etc to make sure that the offer is inline with your career aspirations without rushing in or looking only at the salary.
 
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Switzerland OR Singapore?

Q. 1 If I have to choose between following 2 options, what would be recommended?

Option 1) Working in Switzerland for a Financial IT Products vendor
(through an Indian IT services firm) for 90-100 K Swiss Francs.

Option 2) Working in Singapore for a European bank directly for 120 K SGD.

(Assuming both options involve development work)

Q. 2 Is it feasible to switch jobs in Switzerland (Or other countries in Europe) while being in Switzerland?

[ July 22, 2008: Message edited by: Sunit Gupta ]
[ July 22, 2008: Message edited by: Sunit Gupta ]
 
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Originally posted by Sunit Gupta:
Switzerland OR Singapore?

Q. 1 If I have to choose between following 2 options, what would be recommended?

Option 1) Working in Switzerland for a Financial IT Products vendor
(through an Indian IT services firm) for 90-100 K Swiss Francs.

Option 2) Working in Singapore for a European bank directly for 120 K SGD.

(Assuming both options involve development work)

Q. 2 Is it feasible to switch jobs in Switzerland (Or other countries in Europe) while being in Switzerland?



Recommendations doesn't work good sometimes
Anyways I would recommend you to listen all the sayings here and decide upon yourself.

If I am you,
1. I would opt the Swiss opportunity. I personally feel that the quality of life in Switzerland is far better than the Singapore.
2. I think it is possible, have heard of stories, but not sure. Google for Swiss expatriates site and you'll find more info.

Cheers and Good luck!
 
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Originally posted by Sree Chinna:
Check this



Very useful link. Also shows how organised and methodical Singapore government is.

AK
 
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Originally posted by arulk pillai:
You should not generalize based on just a single experience. Before signinig up, one needs to make sure what type of role it is, what will be his/her responsibilities, Company culture, nature and budget of the project, technologies used, frameworks used, etc to make sure that the offer is inline with your career aspirations without rushing in or looking only at the salary.



All that you said sounds good on the forum and paper but things are different when it comes to practicality. You are told what you are interested in and not what the company offers; the simple reason being they don't want to miss you if they like you. If you ask about technologies the general answer you hear is Cutting Edge Technologies but that never happens. It is often the case that most of the banking based work is done in proprietary frameworks and there is hardly any challenge in most of the projects.
[ July 22, 2008: Message edited by: Sree Chinna ]
 
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Don't want to open a new thread or hijack this one, but could somebody give me an idea about how's Singapore IT market for Security pros.(Vulnreability assessments, Code reviews, security consultancy)? Is the Security work also much like maintenance or you get to work on something nice?

Any contact deatils of your friends working in Security in Singapore would be of great help...

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