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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Regional HR Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits and good worklife balance

    Cons

    The management is a little too rigid and aloof

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Local to regional to global..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great industry and global company. Good systems, a few good people and much to learn. Fun environment at work, great events. Old school systems (either a pro or con - you decide!) :)

    Cons

    Lack of career plans, transparency and HR leadership...growth very dependent on personal networks (less on capabilities). Inability to understand the regional scene and tries to view everything through a global lens. Big org = moves slow


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Do more to integrate staff into the company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Manufacturer and distributor of some of the world's largest beer brands with a huge portfolio of products. Able to sample and try the different varieties from Strongbow cider, Tiger Beer, Guinness Stout and of course the world famous Heineken.

    Cons

    Difficult to integrate into the company as there are many staff who have been in the company for many years and are well connected. New staff who join the company tend to leave after 1-2 years and the cycle continues.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to integrate staff into the ways of working. Lead more by example and set directions for newcomers and even old staff who have been around. Do not assume that new staff will be able to integrate easily into the culture and expectations of the management.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Love it or Leave it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time

    Pros

    If you love politics, thrive on advancing your goals and agenda at the expense of others, work and excel in an environment where you either get micromanaged or not managed at all, love having your JD changed at the drop of a good brew, love working your guts out with no appreciation, dream of one day becoming a member of the esteemed MT ('Management Team')club then this is the place to be!

    The lure of working in a company owned by the Heineken Group is hard to resist - great brand that is recognized the world over, unbeatable portfolio. Most staffers are great to work with, staff benefits are decent (who can possibly say no to copious quantities of good beer) but that, regrettably, is about it.

    Cons

    The environment is stifling, toxic, negative and morale is at a historic low. It is frustrating to thrive in a place where the highlight of your career path is a radical change to your intended JD to one where you have completely no training or prior experience in.

    No provisions are given for one to learn on the job - expect to become a 'functional expert' within 6 months or better yet overnight, because 'we hired at a more senior level', never mind that you have never even trained in that field. Staff are told that they can leave if they are not happy - clearly there is no retention policy (neither is it necessary). Briefs are not clear, direction is, well, directionless.

    Department heads wear the 'MT' badge with pride but lack the leadership, substance and class that should come with the job. Old timers practise petty and gutter politics in order to survive the game. No team work whatsoever in some departments - but expect the arrow to point on your direction should anything not meet the expectations of the esteemed 'MT'. It will somehow always be your fault.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously, please wake up and overhaul your entire leadership/MT team - you need people who can lead, motivate, are strategic, and who can inspire and rally your staff, especially during challenging times.

    You need leaders who can bring the best in your staff and not make them feel small just because you are a "MT" member. Walk the talk. Listen to your employees and be in touch with sentiments on the ground. Value the people who work for you - you are where you are because of them and their efforts either go unrecognized and are dismissed. They are people, not your minions and pawns in your ridiculous political games.


  6. "supply chain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good brands including Heineken, tiger and Guinness

    Cons

    process is messy and inefficient

    Advice to Management

    stop micromanagement


  7. "Great working experience. Good place to understand FMCG industry. Great colleagues and culture!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Attending events
    -Involvement in form of rotation in presentations, polishing your presentation skills
    -Colleagues are there to help each other
    -Great culture with approachable bosses always there to help

    Cons

    -HR policies not able to retain staff

    Advice to Management

    Should compensate staff with relevant salary upon receiving certification of higher education and a career path carved out to keep good employees in the organisation.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "A pint for thought"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at APB Singapore certainly has its benefits. A tavern on-site is advantageous to many while the annual benefits are certainly above average. Staff members generally get along well with each other and some teams are able to produce results.

    The APB/Tiger/Heineken brand name also provides you with a layer of credibility.

    Cons

    It is unfortunate that the pros do not outweigh the cons of this company.

    - Senior managers are primarily concerned with advancing their own agenda and are straddled with a compulsive “need to impress”. Too many political games are played as a result - often at the expense of their own team members.
    - Several senior managers lack vision; they are more reactive than proactive.
    - Senior managers are generally resistant to reinventing the wheel. This leads to many activities being blindly repeated year-on-year. Direction and leadership is lost and questions surrounding whether we are “simply checking the box” arise.
    - Senior managers lack the ability to manage and retain talent. Retention policy is non-existent – “if you are unhappy, just leave”
    - Too much importance is placed on designations, and too little importance is placed on substance.
    - Some senior managers are compulsive title-flouters, and always remind you “to be nice to them”.
    - Structural transparency is lacking – company milestones and changes are not communicated well (if at all!)
    - Wages are low and do not commiserate with scope of work. A 5% increase in salary from your previous place of employment is to be expected.
    - There is a prevailing “culture of fear and intimidation” throughout the company. This culture is perpetuated by some senior managers, making the work environment in some departments much less tolerable than others.
    - Staff are not empowered to make their own decisions. Trust between managers and subordinates is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Given the substantial number of cons, particularly relating to the behaviour of some senior managers, my advice to the senior managers is to walk a day in our shoes. If you do not like being cowered into submission, have your ideas stolen from you, or being asked to chase your own tail all week long, then do not ask your staff to do these things. Lead by example because we look to you for direction.

    Please remember that a being a member of the management team is not the be all and end all. A world beyond the management team does exist. Please pay more attention to that world.

    Work the ground and understand your staffs’ needs and concerns. Lip service does not work – your actions speak for themselves.

    Trust and empower your staff because they are your most valuable resource. Learn to recognise and develop talent, even if they are not in your likeness.

    Communicate company goals and direction more clearly as this will foster more trust between managers and subordinates.


  9. "A Glass Half Empty"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The prestige of working with a company owned by brewing giant, Heineken.
    Generous beer gratis for staff and benefits (including leave) are good.
    Great colleagues who work well with one another. A team player mentality does exist but this is limited to certain teams.

    Cons

    I wish this were not the case, but unfortunately, the cons outweight the pros.

    No clear leadership and strategic direction from the management team (MT).
    Some members of this 'elite' team are too busy pursuing their own political agenda and staff unwittingly get drawn into their plans to ‘impress’ the MT.

    No clear direction on work - it is frustrating when managers are asked to come up with detailed plans when their senior managers have given them nothing to work with.

    Limited opportunities for career growth and progression. The general work environment in some departments is negative and toxic – negative reinforcement overrides positive empowerment.

    Titles carry a lot of weight here and do not necessarily commensurate with substance . From Assistant Manager to Head of Department, forget who you are dealing with and you can expect a hoo-ha of epic proportions.

    Unfortunately some senior to top level managers also have a false sense of importance and superiority and are quick to remind staff to ‘be nice’ to them.

    While there are a couple of proven leaders in the mix, some rule their departments with an iron fist, and this in turn fosters an environment of fear and intimidation. No one is willing to speak up because they fear the repercussions.

    Ironically, what the company does have is a pretty clear ‘no retention’ policy because it is reiterated quite frequently and openly by senior management that if you’re not happy, you can ‘just leave’.

    To many employee engagement activities for staff who simply do not want to be engaged.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate company goals and direction clearly and be transparent.
    Change management was clearly not managed well. Try to understand sentiments on the ground before cramming one employee activity after another down staff’s throats. There is a reason why people don’t want to be engaged and you need to find out why.

    Spend less time on office politics and more time understanding the needs of your various departments –politics is good if you use it to inspire and rally your troops.

    Lead by example –your senior and fancy title is useless if you don't demonstrate it with substance and good leadership.

    Trust, value and empower your staff - people look to you for good leadership and mentoring. You are as responsible for helping them achieve their KPIs, just as you hold your staff accoountable to deadlines and to your goals, department, corporate or otherwise.

    Lastly, please stop reminding people that ‘they had better be nice’ to you. There are other options out there and they may just simply heed your advice and 'just leave'.


  10. "Executive trainee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to learn a bit of everything. Free beer an. Fun events

    Cons

    You can not choose which function you want to work upon graduating from the program. Most of the marketing guys are Singaporean and they tend to bring in trainees from Singapore to assume brand management roles. Those non Singaporeans can only be stuffed to another departments.

    Advice to Management

    Respect diversity and really improve every aspects of the executive trainee program.


  11. "Fun Job but overloaded"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great Perks, good connections, great socializing lifestyle

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, work hazard

    Advice to Management

    hire more team player



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