Global Sources
3.2 of 5 11 reviews
www.globalsources.com Hamilton, Bermuda

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Updated Mar 18, 2014

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Global Sources Deputy CEO Spenser Au

Spenser Au

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14% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good learning experience about global trade

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Global Sources

ProsMultinational team, exposure to different work cultures, an opportunity to understand the issues surrounding global trade and manufacturing. With offices in many geographic locations, there are also plenty of opportunities to travel, particularly to its China Sourcing Fairs.

ConsThe matrix organisation structure requires different stakeholders to collaborate on projects and this sometimes slows down the decision-making process as the project team needs to seek buy-in from most of the stakeholders.

Advice to Senior ManagementWith more nimble competitors like Alibaba in the market place, the company needs to reinvent itself quickly to stay relevant.

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Chinese company masked as a foreign one

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

I worked at Global Sources full-time for more than 3 years

ProsInternational, well known, industry standard

ConsToo corporate. Decisions take forever to make and then execute upon. Pay is low. Chinese way of doing business/running the company. No perks.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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You'd love your friends more than the company

Manager (Former Employee)
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

I worked at Global Sources full-time

ProsLove my colleagues and team, very multi-cultural

ConsHate the politics, business is dying slowly, takes too long to make changes.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think everyone's too afraid to take charge and make decisions. Great ideas sometimes, but you have to take risks to reap benefits.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stuck in the past

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Global Sources full-time

ProsThey help a lot of companies sell product on a global level

ConsAlmost no flow of information from the top
Changes too slow to keep up with competition

Advice to Senior ManagementActually give the client what they are asking for

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, but really unstable

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Global Sources full-time for more than a year

ProsThe work environment is okay, the people are excellent. Not too much pressure except when deadlines are coming up.

ConsUnstable due to the financial crisis

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Okay for work, but I wouldn't go back.

Managing Editor (Former Employee)
Makati City (Philippines)

I worked at Global Sources full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat pay and good-enough benefits, great people

ConsImpersonal, politics-ridden, non-existent HR, with management doing mass layoffs every once in awhile

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest on, care for your people to gain more loyalty and respect

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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WORTHBLE

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Shenzhenzhen (China)

I worked at Global Sources

ProsGOOD RULES, famous brand, good image

ConsLIMIT PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SPACE, average salary is too low

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Senior Systems Developer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Global Sources

ProsPleasant environment and friendly colleagues

ConsNo 13 month and bonus

Advice to Senior ManagementGiving bonus

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Opportunities Only If You Put in the Time

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Global Sources

Pros- Fast-track career development if you're smart and work hard (otherwise, you could be stuck doing the same thing for years)
- Close mentoring by supervisors and constant performance feedback
- Opportunity to work projects that develop new skills

Cons- Tend to pay under-market for staff
- Expectation to work long hours and over-time
- Tendency for groups to form by culture

Advice to Senior ManagementYour people are your greatest asset -- pay them to thank/keep/motivate them! Also, more senior managers should speak/understand Mandarin Chinese, since the majority of team members are local staff.

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Relaxing but less challenging

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Global Sources

ProsThe work environment is rather relaxing.

ConsNot technically challenging. Internall communication isn't very good between technical and business team

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more training on both technical and soft skills.

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