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    Corporate Penny Pinching and Image Falsification at its finest.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at Salmat full-time (more than 5 years)


    The friends you make through collective suffering...... That's about seriously. I have nothing else to put here. There are no other pros.


    - minimum wage base rate

    - management will look for any excuse cut commission to fit within their budget.

    - false promises of career progression.

    - massive focus on alcohol within the workplace culture.

    - constant big brother style monitoring that makes you feel like you are living George Orwell's 1984. As of 2014 they now record you're personal conversations you have at your desk in between calls.

    - you have 10 minutes of "personal time" a day in which you can leave your desk for water, toilet breaks etc etc. If you go over that management force you into a conversation about why. Be prepared to talk about needing to take a dump with management as if you were a 3 year old child talking to mum.

    - the project you do for them will go under and you will be redeployed elsewhere in the company to avoid paying you a redundancy. They don't care where you go and if it's a job you don't wish to pursue they put that you resigned on your separating certificate.

    - anti-Union culture that management try to spread every year the union reps come around by holding group meetings slandering the unions and encouraging entry level employees to use legal loopholes. (ie: claiming harassment from a rep so that we could have them legally removed from the building)

    -budget cuts means that work social events are extremely rare.

    - often there will be days systems shut down, in which case you are sent home early, unpaid. This is non optional even if your contract states otherwise.

    - targets are raised when your team is succeeding so that management can reduce the amount of commission they are pay you to fit their budget.
    - top management (CEO) claim they are easy to approach and happy to talk to you.......just "lol" on that one.

    - will force you to enrol in courses that do nothing for you as far as industry standard is concerned because they get pay outs from the government to do so. These are boring and take you away from your ability to earn commission.

    - everything is procedural and the human condition isn't considered.

    - don't handle serious complaints appropriately and management encourage social ostracisation of people who do complain, this never happened to me personally but saw it happen 4-5 times over a 3 year period to other people.

    - outdated everything. (computers, phones , systems, heating and cooling)

    - you will get sick, a lot. The flu runs rampant about 7-8 months of the year. I had influenza 5 times a year on average working in this building. Haven't experienced this before or after working there.

    - forced two weeks annual leave over the Christmas break every year making it incredibly hard to accumulate annual leave.

    - constant breaches of trades acts.

    - they pay their recruitment team to come on apps like this and leave false positive reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people putting food on your table more than minimum wage and treat them like human beings. You are so discontented from the bottom that you don't understand the conditions you are condemning your staff to.

    Be honest with your practices. If there is no room for career progression, don't claim there is.

    Stop claiming you're treating your staff well because you were awarded a "best employer" status once, many moons ago from some magazine no one reads. I'm better off unemployed and studying than I was working for your company, in both finance and mentality.

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