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Asia Pacific Resources International Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  1. "Horrible work culture / superb learning experience. Only for the most resilient."

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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
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pacific Resources International full-time

    Pros

    Incredible exposure to frontier market work, little structure so opportunity to work many levels above if you choose to, high caliber colleagues. If you are resilient, know how to observe and learn from both good and bad, prefer unstructured work environments, and know when to get out, it's an invaluable learning experience.

    Cons

    Very poor work culture - run in antiquated Asian company more suited for 50 years ago (top down, patriarchal). Blame game, senior management are prone to "yes sir" mentality with very few standing up for team or beliefs. Getting thrown under the bus by bosses is common occurrence. Loyalty is seen as one way street (employee to employer). Pay is very good to compensate for dismal leave and utter lack of benefits. Unfortunately many especially senior guys get lured by top paycheck and find it hard to leave despite quite a disrespectful work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a more open and respectful work environment, get rid of the top-down mentality.


  2. "Good for experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Riau (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Riau (Indonesia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, everyone in here are willing to teach you, good environment, good business, facilities also quite fulfill its employee needs. If you are a fresh graduate, this company is very recomended.

    Cons

    They said that the work pressure in here is high, but personally i think it's not that hard, engineering mindset often forgotten in here, that's why i said if you are a fresh graduate and want to learn work atmosphere this company is good, they also offered you a good money compared to its competitor in the same business, but in the long run, i must say that you will won't improved yourself if you stay. They offer good money only if you have experiences, so if your house around riau province, you better got experience before come here, in that way you will boost your salary, compared if you start from zero in here.

    Advice to Management

    Grading system must be fixed, i dont know why, grading system is quite unclear in here. The aspect why someone got A or D must be written in paper.

  3. "Fast paced and dynamic. Many things happening at same time."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Old guards have been replaced by new and looks more promising, esp. with second generation coming on board and being much more active. Good functioning organisation that delivers and is serious abt sustainability commitments, corporate promises.

    Cons

    Not enough manpower resources to do the multitude of things it wants to do. Authority and knowledge over concentrated in a few people.

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn to be leaders and train and empower executives to run operations rather than make all the decision at the top. Need to take a more caring attitude towards employee training and growth rather them treat them as pple you hire and dish out salaries to and therefore expect to work, work and work.


  4. "A great learning organization to start working in"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is an excellent place to learn, many opportunities to learn, exposure to expatriates. Living facilities are provided at site, we don't have to worry about accommodation expenses n site.

    Cons

    Factory is located far from the city, so accessibility is a bit of a problem


  5. "Approach with caution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Asia Pacific Resources International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Come for a unique intellectual challenge and top dollar, but be prepared for the horrific work culture at the SG headquarters (their Indonesia offices fare much better). Unbeatable exposure for those looking for 'real time' challenges of working in family-owned global pulp paper company operating in a developing country. Not for the faint hearted or those who expect structure, logic or systems of the average MNC.

     Despite awful/non-existent culture, still manage to attract top quality people (how long they stay is another matter). If you're a hand-on person, very flexible and adept at unorthodox situations, this place *could* be eye-opening - but only if you're fortunate to have exposure to good people. Unfortunately most senior managers are Yes-men who have become complacent due to their fat pay checks. If you are very clear in your mind about why you are there and what your objectives are, worth a shot. Come with no expectations of normalcy, you'll do fine.

    Cons

    People are treated like a cost not an asset, low levels of respect shown by management even to senior managers.The utter lack of respect can be managed if you know when to jump ship. Beyond a certain point, its soul crushing. Thick skin, no expectations and sense of
    humor determine how you survive.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running what could be a world-class company like a mom n' pop shop. Management disrespect/disregard for employee input explains the poor retention rate. You pay top dollar for top quality people, let them do what they were hired to do.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer Manager in Pekanbaru (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Engineer Manager in Pekanbaru (Indonesia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Resources International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lot of opportunity to deploy your skills. For Pulp and paper spcecalist, it is a great place to work.

    Cons

    There is no big negative to spell out except the place is remote.

    Advice to Management

    nil


  7. "Run as a family owned Commodity Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Resources International full-time

    Pros

    Decent exposure to the commodity world and decent incentives provided by the company in retaining its employees.

    Cons

    However very hierarchial and rigid in approach and management. This, typically, comes in the way of people wanting to express themselves or work in a more free work environment

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up the hierarchies

  8. "RGE / APRIL"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Asia Pacific Resources International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Frequent travel to remote areas
    Lean organization structure
    Able to interact with senior management

    Cons

    Poor internal communication
    No clarity in employees progression
    Poor benefits
    Poor management of staff

    Advice to Management

    Remove redundant work
    Hire necessary staff
    Increase compensation