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26 English questions out of 26

October 13, 2020

What are perks and other benefits like at PeopleSearch?

Pros

This company sets the bar so low for an atrocious working environment, it actually benefits consultants who strive for more and believe that they deserve more. I would give this company a negative rating if I could as their existence does not benefit anyone. - The toxicity from management sets a good example of what to avoid if or for when a consultant eventually get to a managerial position - The inefficiency in communication and management sets a very good example of what to avoid being a human being generally, including how NOT to be morally corrupted and how you DONT want to ever live your life because it is all pathetic. There is NO silver lining to this company, it might seem they have a good training programme, but you can get that basic level of training anywhere else.

Cons

1. Toxic environment (Cut-throat)- One manager will harass you over text messages day and night, there were also loads of yelling and scolding over video conferences early in the morning and late at work. No respect was shown to employees or their afterwork time or private lives, as if employees aren't human beings. These managers will send out very lengthy aggressive emails on weekends just to talk down to you over something extremely small and to prove a point. In general, the text messages and emails you get from managers are extremely rude and coarse, showing how unprofessional this workplace is. This one manager also will never take responsibilities for his wrong doings, and when challenged by colleagues on company calls, this manager will try every way to deflect and avoid all responsibilities. There are some serious cowardly elements in this person. 2. Old-school thinking- You will be seen as "challenging management" if you have a slightly different opinion to what was proposed by management. There is no critical thinking allowed, or even free speech. Voicing an opinion calmly was always met by very aggressive and condescending ways of oppressing. Being in this company feels like living under a totalitarian government everyday. 3. Poor time management- Manager will turn up extremely late to work with no visibility of their whereabouts, which eventually leads to them working late into the evening and expecting their employees to be reachable and still working till late. One manager always has an excuse (private yet inexcusable reasons) for coming into work late. Some managers are notorious in the market for being late to client/ candidate meetings, one never actually showed up once. It is as if this manager's team is precious and everyone else's time means nothing. 4. Unrealistic expectation/ poor communication- One manager particularly has extremely poor written and verbal communication skill. If one consultant gets confused with what's being said, that is the consultant's issue. If all consultants in a team collectively get confused by directions provided by this manager, the manager is the issue. Expectations set by this manager changes all the time, what's being set as an expectation today, could be completely different when revamping next morning, directions are extremely hard to follow, yet apparently consultants are at fault. 5. Sexist/ ill-intentioned comments: Sexist questions were asked during the interview process, particularly sexist towards female interviewees. One manager openly said that males are better leaders than females. 6. Unclear/ scamming profit sharing scheme- There is a hidden profit sharing scheme that is only shared to consultants during orientation. None of it will be mentioned during the interview process, and what that means is that basically consultants won't make much commission from their deals, if any at all. The company also has at least several consultants working on one job, creating internal conflicts with limited rewards if the deal was closed. You can bring in a deal by yourself but will be forced to share that with numerous people, which again, sabotages your chances of getting paid good commission. 7. Bad client relationship- When asked about whether the company has a good client base, they would be extremely vague during the interview process to hide the fact that they are not competitive. This means there will be limited jobs coming from their non-existent key accounts, limited jobs for consultants to work on. This also means this firm gets the most challenging/ non-profitable roles in the market as the better/ higher paying roles are taken by other more professional recruitment firms in Singapore. 8. Unprofessional topics discussed- One manager would talk about the brands of watches people wear and what that means in terms of the amount of money they earn in conference calls. The brand "Rolex" was mentioned like it means anything. Another would talk about how making money means attracting better boyfriends/ girlfriends, using this example to "motivate" their employees. Their "motivation" tactic are extremely old-school, ineffective and quite frankly just pathetic. 9. Afterwork/ weekend working required- Some consultants work till midnight to compensate the ridiculous demands from the company, the company also routinely sets meetings/ trainings/ workshops on Saturdays, and make it compulsory for their employees to attend. This company blatantly goes against the law with regards to working hours and social distancing measures. According to the government, your employer should ensure that you are working from home for at least half your working time. This company made some employees work in the office full time without rotation, highly exposing them to the risk of covid. 10. Propaganda- cultured/ Cult-like- Words like"mindset", "we're in a crisis", "united" are thrown around like they mean something. All in all, these terms are thrown around to try and create a "united" culture, when in reality these words mean nothing and nobody is sincere. 11. Morally corrupt company- HR is in it with the company's managers. You would think HR acts as the neutral party when encountering disputes, but the HR in this company enables these managers to act the way they do. The yelling, the abusive and harassing emails, the unfair treatments etc. 12. Management is also non-trusting from the very start. They will not teach you what you actually need to succeed (I do wonder if they know what they are considering their poor performances), they are always suspicious of you, they do not want you to specialize in anything as that will be difficult to replace when they get rid of you. 13. Micro-management- One manager does not know where to draw the line, he will even try to micro-manage your private life which is unacceptable and completely illegal. When being challenged, this person will deflect and denies his failed attempt when everything is already documented. Completely delusional and lack class/ respect/ general humanity. 14. Gossipy/ Political- One manager has no issue telling his employees secrets/ personal details of other consultants in the team. You will not know this unless you have a good relationship with your teammates, as your teammates will eventually warn you that things have been said behind your back by this manager. This manager shares CONFIDENTIAL information with people yet feel like it is acceptable. This manager also likes to divide teammates in the same team and play them against each other, but that would not work on individuals who has a bit of intellect. Funny how one of the managers said during orientation that this company does not have any politics. The need to say this upfront was suspicious enough, the reality proved how untrue this statement is. Overall unprofessional and completely out-dated company with an extremely bad reputation in the Singapore market. All other recruitment firms know about how bad this company is. This company and managers all live in their own delusional world, and they never leave. A lot of them have never worked in another company, yet still think they are "gods" when coming to management and working style. Anyone with a bit of experience in the real world will be able to point out all the bizarre and out-dated rules and ways of working these people have.

Advice to Management

Management is not interested in receiving advice and I am not interesting in giving one as this company will fail eventually. This section is more applicable to applicants: If you are desperate for a job and this is your only option, then take it with extreme caution. This will be the worst place you've ever worked at, it will have a huge impact on your mental and physical health, your social life and your private life if you allow it to. You WILL eventually think like this company or become more like this company the longer you stay, as bad habits are infectious if you are not a strong-willed person. This goes further than just a job, this is an environment you subject your body and mind to for at least 9.5 hours every day, not including the texts and emails you get out of working hours and on weekends. My advice is, if you were to join this company, don't take anything seriously but use your time wisely for your own career growth so you can join a better firm. All the leaders and HR are on one side, and you will be on another, so do not bother fighting. This company also terminates people left right and centre, so try and get out as soon as possible if you do join, my advice is to start looking on your first day! Having this company on your resume will stain it, so think hard before you join, or just get another job.

This company sets the bar so low for an atrocious working environment, it actually benefits consultants who strive for more and believe that they deserve more.

October 13, 2020

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April 6, 2020

Does PeopleSearch offer family leave?

Pros

Management is concerned about instilling correct values first and results second. We have always been told that results will come naturally once the proper character is inculcated. I felt that the various measures put in place helped to encourage self-reflection and maximise learning. If you are interested on continuous development and personal growth in your career, Peoplesearch creates an enabling environment for such individuals. Benefits are also pretty encouraging. Medical is covered by the company and leave is also allowed. Some may be unhappy with the leave policy as it is dependent on the achievement of one's sales targets. It is undeniable that this is a sales job and thus the targets would be the KPI on which performance is measured. In light of the foregoing, sales targets are set by each consultant at the start of every year. The leadership does encourage certain targets proportionate to their expectations of you, however, at the same time, leaders would not hesitate to provide sobering information by breaking down the sales target from the dollars one will earn to the number of jobs one needs to handle in a week to the number of hours one needs to work. This exercise helps to reconcile the ambition one has with the reality of the effort that needs to be put in. Therefore, although leadership may be determined in ensuring each consultant reaches their goals, these goals were set by the consultants themselves. Leadership are also very open to both reflection and conversation. Should there be a disagreement on the manner in which a certain operation was carried out, leadership is receptive to feedback and are very willing to consider alternatives. It is without a doubt that despite their wealth of experience, even the leaders with the most number of years under their belt possessed a profound humility. Beyond criticism, leaders, being experts on career advice, are always concerned about your career and are open to sharing and providing advice when solicited. Beyond the achievement of sales targets, the company is very receptive to any projects that consultants may wish to initiate for the betterment of the company. This may include Corporate Social Responsibility, employee welfare, candidate engagement and even social media outreach. Most of these initiatives came from the bottom up and reflect the Company's willingness for each consultant willing to contribute their unique talents to do so in the way that helps the Company. Lastly, there is a strong emphasis on individual responsibility. Although from the above, it appears that the Company provides excellent group support, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that success is ultimately determined by the individual's willingness and determination. The good thing about the company is that they are extremely transparent on this front despite the amount of support they provide and that reality is one that many consultants face.

Cons

The nature of the work may be dry to some. Despite the excellent environment, I found that continuous calling and reaching out to people was too operational for me. It prioritized and rewarded consistent repetitive work which was not my greatest strength. My realisation of that point made me decide to pursue other careers. There is a fine line between feedback and shaming and the latter would be unacceptable. Although I have personally not experienced it, I have seen others being subject to shaming, albeit inadvertently. However, despite it being vastly easier compared to constructive criticism, shaming should be discouraged in all its forms from both leaders as well as peers, both with intention and without.

Advice to Management

It appeared from my experience that the Company is at a standstill between intending to tap on the energy of youth while at the same time uncompromising on some of their traditions. It is very evident that the Company is undergoing a re-invigoration however, at the same time it risks alienating the older crowd. Management should understand that characteristics of a modern company is not based on the adoption of millennial habits or practices but involves an underlying adoption of sacrosanct values such as: pragmatic reasoning and its communication, mutual respect, mutual growth, open conversation to name a few. Until there can be the comprehensive integration of these values, it would be difficult for the company to attract the new generations of employees.

Medical is covered by the company and leave is also allowed.

April 6, 2020

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April 6, 2020

How are career development opportunities at PeopleSearch?

Pros

Management is concerned about instilling correct values first and results second. We have always been told that results will come naturally once the proper character is inculcated. I felt that the various measures put in place helped to encourage self-reflection and maximise learning. If you are interested on continuous development and personal growth in your career, Peoplesearch creates an enabling environment for such individuals. Benefits are also pretty encouraging. Medical is covered by the company and leave is also allowed. Some may be unhappy with the leave policy as it is dependent on the achievement of one's sales targets. It is undeniable that this is a sales job and thus the targets would be the KPI on which performance is measured. In light of the foregoing, sales targets are set by each consultant at the start of every year. The leadership does encourage certain targets proportionate to their expectations of you, however, at the same time, leaders would not hesitate to provide sobering information by breaking down the sales target from the dollars one will earn to the number of jobs one needs to handle in a week to the number of hours one needs to work. This exercise helps to reconcile the ambition one has with the reality of the effort that needs to be put in. Therefore, although leadership may be determined in ensuring each consultant reaches their goals, these goals were set by the consultants themselves. Leadership are also very open to both reflection and conversation. Should there be a disagreement on the manner in which a certain operation was carried out, leadership is receptive to feedback and are very willing to consider alternatives. It is without a doubt that despite their wealth of experience, even the leaders with the most number of years under their belt possessed a profound humility. Beyond criticism, leaders, being experts on career advice, are always concerned about your career and are open to sharing and providing advice when solicited. Beyond the achievement of sales targets, the company is very receptive to any projects that consultants may wish to initiate for the betterment of the company. This may include Corporate Social Responsibility, employee welfare, candidate engagement and even social media outreach. Most of these initiatives came from the bottom up and reflect the Company's willingness for each consultant willing to contribute their unique talents to do so in the way that helps the Company. Lastly, there is a strong emphasis on individual responsibility. Although from the above, it appears that the Company provides excellent group support, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that success is ultimately determined by the individual's willingness and determination. The good thing about the company is that they are extremely transparent on this front despite the amount of support they provide and that reality is one that many consultants face.

Cons

The nature of the work may be dry to some. Despite the excellent environment, I found that continuous calling and reaching out to people was too operational for me. It prioritized and rewarded consistent repetitive work which was not my greatest strength. My realisation of that point made me decide to pursue other careers. There is a fine line between feedback and shaming and the latter would be unacceptable. Although I have personally not experienced it, I have seen others being subject to shaming, albeit inadvertently. However, despite it being vastly easier compared to constructive criticism, shaming should be discouraged in all its forms from both leaders as well as peers, both with intention and without.

Advice to Management

It appeared from my experience that the Company is at a standstill between intending to tap on the energy of youth while at the same time uncompromising on some of their traditions. It is very evident that the Company is undergoing a re-invigoration however, at the same time it risks alienating the older crowd. Management should understand that characteristics of a modern company is not based on the adoption of millennial habits or practices but involves an underlying adoption of sacrosanct values such as: pragmatic reasoning and its communication, mutual respect, mutual growth, open conversation to name a few. Until there can be the comprehensive integration of these values, it would be difficult for the company to attract the new generations of employees.

If you are interested on continuous development and personal growth in your career, Peoplesearch creates an enabling environment for such individuals.

April 6, 2020

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January 9, 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at PeopleSearch?

Pros

opportunity to grow and learn

Cons

the leader will micromanage your daily performance

opportunity to grow and learn

January 9, 2020

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January 29, 2021

Does PeopleSearch have any sort of mentoring program?

Pros

- Strong collaborative environment - Great training and coaching - Clients that work with company for many years - Good place that nurtures your sales and recruitment skills - People who care about you - Culture which extracts the best performance from you - loyal and genuine senior leaders who fight in the trenches with you

Cons

- at group level, lacks a cohesive, visionary approach - more prescriptive and instructive. - slow in capturing progressive changes required.

Great training and coaching

January 29, 2021

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