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KOTRA Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  • enourmous pressure from the management(2 times a year changing positions from the management), massive overtime working hours, low salary (in 5 reviews)

  • Corporate culture and of course in decision making process (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Senior International Project Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MBA Candidate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - MBA Candidate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KOTRA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic working team, Fast paced, Well-paid (in Vietnam), Flat structure, Project-based
    Have a lot of fun on the job

    Cons

    Long working hours (because of start-up nature) - overnights, weekend work are frequent, Constantly changing directions, restless at high time

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen more to the employees ideas, keep the directions stable and need to find more time for the employees to rest


  2. "OK place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KOTRA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    creating lots of connections

    Cons

    Poor management system and lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    They don't know the US system.

  3. "don't work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KOTRA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nothing. there is absolutely nothing good about working here.

    Cons

    management is incompetent and doesnt know what theyre doing. totally ineffective with time and resources. no room for advancement. management is only concerned about themselves and not really interested in anything else. waste money on pointless dinners and they ruin any connections you make for the company


  4. "Definitely a great stepping stone to your next career."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KOTRA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    KOTRA has a very well system setup. There is great communication between the headquarters and local office branches.

    Cons

    Long hours, high expectations, and need to be fluent in multiple languages.

    Advice to Management

    Certain methods are outdated. Wouldn't hurt to use newer technologies to improve efficiency.


  5. "Worked for about 4 years."

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    Former Employee - Project Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Marketing Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KOTRA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of networking opportunities; opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Management needed more structure; cultural barriers


  6. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at KOTRA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's obligatory to do rotational work. You get to work in different countries. Each rotation lasts for 3-4 years abroad and go back to Korea for 2-3 years. Your position also rotates so you can really experience new industry and responsibilites.
    KOTRA can be a great workplace for someone and at the same time the worst place according to your personality.

    Cons

    The fact that you get to experience new things regularly makes it difficult to be an expert in on sector.
    There are significant differences in employee benefits based upon where you are hired or under which modality your contract is.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good for short stays"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good people and nice guys

    Cons

    heavy heavy heavy Korean culture

    Advice to Management

    stop being arrogant and ditch the top-bottom Korean culture

  8. "good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    you can have good work-life balance

    Cons

    the work can be repetitive sometimes because you have make lot of coldcalling


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Company for entry level

    Cons

    No system, need to more Business Development.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KOTRA full-time

    Pros

    Stable Job and paycheck that's it.

    Cons

    The work was boring, unrewarding, no upward mobility available

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the local culture and allow the local staff to have more access for career growth into management positions.


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