VTech Holdings
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www.vtech.com New Territories, Hong Kong

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VTech Holdings Chairman and Group CEO Allan C. Y. Wong

Allan C. Y. Wong

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Anything can change at last minute up to CEO and overseas staff appetite (VTE)

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

I have been working at VTech Holdings full-time

ProsYou can choose to work hard or be lazy any time. VTech Toys seldom fire staff in HK. You can find your own way to keep your work life balance.

ConsA few weeks before shipment, overseas staff can request to change the product design from scratch. One week before mass product, CEOs can ask to change everything. Game designers usually don't communicate well with overseas and CEO at the project start. They will just tell the whole team to change all the time.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to have project review at a earlier stage.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No planning at all for projects which makes lower level employees suffer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VTech Holdings

ProsPeople are very friendly and love to share their knowledge
Benefits are above average in Hong Kong

ConsManagement does not give recognition
Management doe not give feedbacks to projects
No performance appraisal
No Planning at ALL when initiating a project, Management have no clue on what they want to do.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease make up you mind before doing something.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The best place to learn - Equally the most stressful place to work in

Designer (Current Employee)
Tai Wo (Hong Kong)

I have been working at VTech Holdings

ProsThe department recruits form a specific region in Asia which means that the design skills are exceptional and the work ethos is even higher still. This means you learn from some very talented designers. As a result your design skills increase dramatically to a very high level of quality, finishing and detail that is often seen at companies like Philips and Lenovo. Additionally as a result of the nature of the department's recruits and management style it constantly pushes you to work harder in order for you to remain competitive with others and to be valued more by others. This is truly a finishing school for designers. Additionally Top level management are exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled with a great deal of experience and insight into design, manufacture and business - which makes them an invaluable mentor.

ConsThe over whelming talent and skill of recruits means that you are constantly in competition for your designs. This often means working in excess of 65 to 70+ hours a week (including weekends) just to maintain the same level of quality. This obviously can take a toll on your health as well as your social life.

Overtime within the department is not recognize which is a contradiction to the written company policy for over time. Over time within the department in never directly quoted - instead is implied by unrealistic deadlines by middle managers.

Salary although not always a key motivational factor is still low in comparison for the number of hours a regular hard working recruit does.

There is often no feedback form middle managers on a project by project basis or even on a personal annual review.

Due to the competitive nature of the department, design is often done in complete isolation from other members following a very closed-innovation process approach with no collaboration work or input from other team members until a final review by top management.

As a result of these factors turn over is very short 2 years at best.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove Feedback per individual and on a project by project basis to improve and maintain self esteem and motivation this takes 20 mins max

Recognition of hard work and of achievement through feedback or review - A thank you will suffice

Reduce working hours by reducing last minute middle management deadlines. Or approve over time pay or become more appreciative when overtime is taken.

Better communication of ideas and intentions by middle management. Clarification and confirmation by middle management with top level management on key actions.

A less heavy/oppressive working environment atmosphere and a more balance/equal selection of people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Management please make up your mind before doing something

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VTech Holdings

ProsStaffs are very friendly, they offer a stable working environment and the benefits are ok comparing with other companies in HK.

ConsIt is very often to see the management wanted to start something but without any clue. It will just make the lower level employees suffer.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to learn if you are fresh grad.

Hardware Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at VTech Holdings

ProsAs a hardware engineer, we are expected to have hands-on skills on practically the whole system. So If you don't understand or are unfamiliar with something, you simply go to the more senior guys for help. The R&D side has just under 100 ppl. So everyone knows each other. Ppl are very friendly so you can learn a lot if you want to. If your attitude is above average, you'll get a lot out of it.

Consperformance review can be more structured. Professional growth can be limited if you don't voice your opinion. However, if you attitude is exceptional, there is no problem there.

Advice to Senior ManagementDid a reasonable job.

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