A.S. Watson Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Summer HR Intern in Watsons China

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    I worked at A.S. Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxing working environment, standardized work regulation and procedure. People are willing to help and nice.

    Cons

    non-competitive salary, sometimes work overtime. Not involved in training due to my job nature.

    Advice to Management

    raise up the employee benefits, provide more career opportunities for internal employees.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Likely to work on interesting multi-country projects but rarely realistically resourced or planned

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at A.S. Watson full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Likely to be exposed to multi-country projects
    - within projects, typically you'll play multiple roles

    Cons

    - little / no employee development plans. Everything is ad-hoc, knee jerk and firefighting
    - lots of fiefdoms
    - management by fear, micro management. No encouragement for innovative thinking. Employees focused on and encouraged to cover backsides.
    - work output/quality is generally just enough. Rarely is it of a high standard
    - no conscious business processes. Most seem evolutionary and bureaucratic.
    - project schedules unrealistic, over-scoped and badly under resourced

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to think outside the box, be innovative and fail occasionally without the threat of dire consequences. Failure is inevitable. From time to time it will happen. Your reaction to that is what builds high performing and engaged teams.

    Be realistic with resourcing key projects.

    Mentor and trust your people. Expect

  3. Good experience, good insight into retail industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Intern - Intern in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at A.S. Watson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They try to give you as much hands on experience when they can and as a result some of the tasks are very useful for developing time management and organizational skills

    Cons

    The culture at HQ offices is very different from their other offices, much less interaction and intense. As an intern you are often not given much to do.

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  5. It is a nice working place.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Sheung Wan (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Sheung Wan (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at A.S. Watson part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Attractive salary, learning chances, wonderful working environment and good rest rooms

    Cons

    Absence leave for more than 2 days is not allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Company might consider to provide a more flexible work schedule.

  6. A good International organisation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A.S. Watson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong international exposure with significant expansion in Asia and a strong foothold in the European health and beauty markets

    Cons

    Limited career progression and established training development opportunities. Structure and culture is heirarchial at times which can lead to a lack of vital information being passed up the chain towards senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more timein developing your current workforce

  7. Helpful (2)

    Fair company to work for, but growth limited.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at A.S. Watson

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For local managed MNC, this is probably one of the most diverse company to work for. The company do enjoy phenomenal growth in Asia and other development country- great place to learn how to run retail in emerging markets.

    Cons

    Creativity is not valued - discipline is. Very efficient operator but lacks way behind in innovation.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to innovate to survive - operation effectiveness is not the only answer.

  8. Project Officer Supply Chain Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Nijmegen (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    I have been working at A.S. Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibiliteit, variëteit, afwisseling, state of the art technology, marktleider, gezond bedrijf, leuke collega's en informele sfeer.

    Cons

    Conservatieve houding t.o.v. doorgroei mogelijkheden binnen bepaalde takken.

    Advice to Management

    Dat je iets altijd ZO hebt gedaan, wilt niet zeggen dat je het altijd goed hebt gedaan.


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