KOTRA Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Definitely a great stepping stone to your next career.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KOTRA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    KOTRA has a very well system setup. There is great communication between the headquarters and local office branches.

    Cons

    Long hours, high expectations, and need to be fluent in multiple languages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain methods are outdated. Wouldn't hurt to use newer technologies to improve efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    consultant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KOTRA

    Pros

    work hours are 9-5 which tends to go overtime

    Cons

    cultural barrier, no room for growth

  3.  

    Worked for about 4 years.

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    Former Employee - Project Marketing Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at KOTRA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Plenty of networking opportunities; opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Management needed more structure; cultural barriers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Terrible place full of idiots

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KOTRA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here. Stay away at all costs if applying for job in the US. Does not fit with American culture and management doesnt know how to conduct business

    Cons

    EVERYTHING about this place is terrible. There's no room for growth if youre not hired in Seoul and management treats you like youre an idiot when they themselves dont know what to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KOTRA

    Pros

    it was good as their pay is high and job is simple

    Cons

    Too conservative and strict lots of rules here and there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be aware that now is 2014 not 1914

  7.  

    Acceptable office environment

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    Former Employee - Marketeer  in  Hanoi (Vietnam)
    Former Employee - Marketeer in Hanoi (Vietnam)

    I worked at KOTRA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The Hanoi office is nicely equipped. Staffs are friendly and young.
    Salary increases twice a year.

    Cons

    Limitted number of official contracts with the headquarter. In the first one or two year, it might be on a short term unofficial contract, and then local official contract and then official contract with the headquarter.
    During busy period preparing for exhibitions, working overtime is frequent.
    Most of the staff are female.
    Job assignment for marketing department is not so challenging. Research department might involves more deep insights into some specific industries,

  8.  

    Highly valued company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KOTRA full-time

    Pros

    Good work /life balance, highly reputable organization from Korea

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancements if not from HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more clear career paths

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good for fresh graduates, not for experienced professionals.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KOTRA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good reputable government organisation of South Korea.
    - A lot of networking opportunities.
    - Good for energetic fresh grduates.

    Cons

    - No-opportunity for career development unless you are employed by HQ, Seoul.
    - Pay is way below compared to similar roles in other industries.
    - Some seniors from HQ - lack of ability to understand local market, but expect outstanding outcomes from local staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least, TRY to follow the world trend. We ate not living in 1950s. Respect locally-employed associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  10.  

    Platform for Trade Promotion

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director  in  Daejeon (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Daejeon (South Korea)

    I have been working at KOTRA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - High Company reputation, freindly company culture, and chances to work abroad.

    Cons

    - various kind of thing to do and low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - to set a clear goal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Incredible amount of diverse experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at KOTRA full-time

    Pros

    A very unique, highly professional and specialized business development service provided by this organization.

    Cons

    Lack of incentives for long-term employeement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee is everything, and would be great to enhance employee benefits to retain top talents

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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