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Avoid if you have any modicum of self-esteem

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Creative Director in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Current Employee - Creative Director in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

I belong to the editorial and creative side of things, and at least we get to go home on time. The salespeople aren't half as lucky. If anyone would enjoy working here, it's the stability and predictability of things. What attracted me here was a good raise and promotion from my previous job, but what I didn't count on was a drastic downside in its corporate culture.

Cons

If you are an editorial or creative professional, and want to be with a firm that respects you as an individual, stay far away. This company is comprised of salesmen and programmers who think they know better than you, and will meddle in every scrap of work you do. They have no respect of all creative people, simply because they think by being in a 'support role', creative must be subordinate to the opinions of everyone else. I lost count of the number of times some senior manager alters my idea with his stupid, uninformed judgment, and I waste so much time explaining the fundamentals of design to these people. In the end I still lose the argument. ie: their way or the highway. And it shows in all the material they produce. Even more biting is how if there is a dispute, management will side with the businesspeople, even if they're 20-year-old fresh college grads. Your 20 years' industry experience cannot trump their zero years' working and creative experience. This leads me to comment on the rampant nepotism and ball-polishing you need to do to get ahead here. The founder the CEO, Merl Hinrichs, is also chairman of the BOD. Classic conflict of interest case. You know how that will lead to. Mr Hinrichs also runs a certain Thunderbird Business School, and places graduates from this private school straight into top management. Even in the formal performance appraisal process, you're going to lose out even if you're an accomplished creative professional. No one knows how to judge your design/editorial ability, so they use factors like punctuality, obedience to company rules, and conforming to corporate design standards to judge you. Only those who think like Merl, and worship his ways of doing things, can get ahead. Above all that, this company still adheres to a corporate culture of the old industrial era. Your online surfing is monitored. Your timings for arrival and departure from office is scrutinised. Everyone is de-motivated. The office is quiet as a tomb. You are not allowed to say anything against company policy. I was brutally berated once for saying a certain company slogan isn't the best term we can think of, in a closed staff meeting. Welcome to North Korea! I've never been in a place so de-humanising, petty, and devoid of basic business sense. I hear it's far worse in their mainland China branches. Staff are required to bow to senior management every morning, Japanese ritual style. If you're not in office at 8.30am SHARP, your boss' pay get deducted. During the Chinese New Year, staff are made to return to work in the weekend, to make up for the holiday weekdays off.

Advice to Management

It's time for long time founder and CEO Merl to step down, and let new blood take over for a much-needed revamp of how things are done. As a media company, it cannot work by a restrictive culture that stifles expression and respect. Even after that, I have no idea how this can be a company that attracts anyone of talent.

Other Employee Reviews for Global Sources

  1. a company good for the start-ups

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Sources full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really nice working environment, and bosses are very nice and pay attention to employee's career growth. Great work-life balance. You never need to pick up a work phone call from home. Clear vision on the market. And it's done a good job in the cooperate marketing.

    Cons

    It does not provide a very competitive compensation plan. There are too many systems in the company, take some time to figure out which is which.


  2. No appreciation of junior to middle level staff's efforts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Global Sources full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big company, systematic workflow and clear structure. no OT culture

    Cons

    Looooong reporting line and not efficient at all. Invisible red tapes and multiple management lines which you have to satisfy all. Lack of appreciation of junior to middle level staff's efforts, never listen to the front line staff's voice. Below the market salary, no benefits at all (no medical insurance), and bad work location. Not suitable for a career hiker.

    Advice to Management

    treasure your employees. they are your company's true assets. open to suggestions and stop being so bureaucratic.


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