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Star Publications Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Star Publications

    Pros

    They are open to ideas and there is very little to no bureaucracy

    Cons

    Always be on your toes

  2.  

    Great work life balance; maybe a little too much.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Star Publications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company values career development, they will allow to go off all sort of trainings. They certainly practise work life balance. You really do to leave work on time it's what they practiced for the last 4 decades.

    Cons

    Too much work life balance could be a bad thing. The company vision is there, the mission is there, the values is also there, but no action plan being executed. You know the saying, walking the talk? Well, they don't. They really don't enforce at all. There's this two halves that never seems to coincide one another; the print and the digital platform don't ever get to see eye to eye. The current CEO understands the importance of digital and print needs to be as one, but never drive it hard!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO, please get your HR in order; and think strategically, HR is the backbone to support the business. Identified talents within and / or hire some. People who left were or are talents. You failed time and time again to recognises all those late joiners are in fact top talents that has made millions of dollars which your top management has neglected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Productive employees are always given more work and not appreciated

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Journalist in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Given freedom to generate meaningful stories based on human interest topics and current issues.

    Cons

    Management refused to recruit more employees yet create more workload for the existing ones. Unequal job distribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cherish the hard and smart workers, and weed out those who do not perform and spend hours sucking up to their bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Conservative, but looking forward to the future

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Star Publications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Influence of the company in the national media landscape is large, so everyone understands their efforts can impact the national thinking. Benefits are good. Editorial employees learn a lot and tend to stay with the company for the long-term.

    Cons

    Salaries are not as competitive as similar companies in the nation/region. Links to national political parties can sometimes affect perception of bias and credibility. Harder for executives to climb the career ladder with senior managers staying in their posts for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve succession planning processes. Share long-term plans with employees from all across the board at all levels. Disengage from trying to please political patrons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Shooting Star?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Productions Editor in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Productions Editor in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Star Publications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good financial prospects if you're hardworking and creative.

    Cons

    Very demanding place to work in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Challenging Environment

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    Current Employee - Upper Management
    Current Employee - Upper Management

    I have been working at Star Publications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a great jump off point as you make contact with people from so many different walks of life. You get exposed to different facets of work which you would normally never get a chance to. The pace can be exhausting or comfortable, depending which part of the company you're in.

    Cons

    There's a chance one becomes stagnated as you become too specialized. And like any other company sometimes personalities get in the way of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the ground staff. Practice incentive/reward system rather than being penny wise pound foolish.

  8.  

    Great place to start!

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    Current Employee - Journalist
    Current Employee - Journalist

    I have been working at Star Publications

    Pros

    A prominent and significant newspaper to associate yourself with, especially when you are just coming out as a journalism undergraduate in Malaysia.

    Cons

    As a journalist, there is only a threshold of where you can progress in the medium term. This is because the company regards loyalty highly and will tend to acknowledge staff who have been with the firm for a long time with promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for journalists especially from the newsdesk to be able to rotate designations (eg. to business, sports, metro and even features).

    Recommends
  9.  

    Poor leadership & lack of focus upon where they are going

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

    I worked at Star Publications

    Pros

    Good salary - although I expect this to be attacked soon

    Cons

    Too often they were prepared to "bet the farm" on ideas with minimal research and due diligence
    They through projects around as a means of masking poor performance issues. The leadership of the press centre was abysmal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to transition your printed product out whilst getting a revenue generation model for your digital version, free model equals - "A" content, paid for equals "A+++" content. Charges pennies for a week and get people in the habit of paying

    Doesn't Recommend

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