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Updated Mar 17, 2021

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15 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Global company with good prospects

    Oct 3, 2008 - Manager in San Diego, CA
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    Pros

    Global company with multiple ways of making money. Smart manage who really understand their business

    Cons

    many business with different priorities sometimes makes it difficult for people who are not in the central office to make a difference. I suppose this is similar to many other large companies, but in this case there is sometimes a disconnect

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Did not expect this from Nasper's acquisition of Aasaanjobs.

    Oct 16, 2020 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    Brand name, Money, can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    1. Nasper's have a lot of Money, they acquire companies but they do not care what happens to them after that. 2. Aasaanjobs was acquired by Nasper's, it was handed over to OLX to run in India. But they failed to provide any vision or direction to the company. I have seen Aasaanjobs pre and post acquisition. Before there was so much clarity on vision, direction, communication was open and transparent. But now everything has changed and has become exactly the opposite. It seems people who are running the show from OLX do not understand the space / business they are in. 3. With Aasaanjobs, they changed strategy every 6 months, brought in new people. Everytime new leadership came, the team had to spend months onboard them. 4. There are many more strategic blunders which OLX management which would be difficult to mention here. The bottom line is, as an employee I do not feel empowered to raise issues within the company neither do I see anyone else empowered on the top to take decisions or to challenge strategy changes. 5. AJ's start up culture, fail fast learn fast, quick decision making has all gone for a toss. Now AJ has been covered with a corporate layer which has confusion, slow decision making and has become political.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Awesome experience

    Mar 17, 2021 - Head of Finance in Amsterdam
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    Pros

    Great Leadership, constant learning and unlimited opportunities

    Cons

    It is a truly global company, as such involves working through various time-zones (i.e. requires some flexibility).

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    “Never imagined Aasaanjob's Acquisition by Naspers would turn like this!”

    Oct 18, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
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    Pros

    They have a lot of Money.

    Cons

    Naspers has made a mark for itself by investing in companies who have created significant value for the consumers around the world. Due to this image and trust, entrepreneurs look for funds / acquisition routes via Naspers. One such acquisition which Naspers did was Aasaanjobs in Jan 2019. Since the acquisition happened it has been no less than a nightmare. I have been associated with Aasaanjobs from early days and I have seen how indecisive is the OLX Leadership who has been entrusted by Naspers to run Aasaanjobs. The only reason I stuck around with Aasaanjobs was due to the founders and the initial team they had. Founders had the vision for the company and they communicated this to all the team effectively and promptly. When the acquisition news came out we were all happy as we thought that we would be able to scale Aasaanjobs to a world class company, but this was short lived. OLX started interfering heavily in Aasaanjobs operations. Initially I thought this might be helpful as they will bring valuable scale lessons. But they brought all the ugly sides of scale: Bureaucracy, slow decision making, Pushing management decision downwards without and running the show without any vision. They change their strategy and vision every 6 months and it seems that they are not clear on how they would like to process with Aasaanjobs. I think they have wasted valuable time of the company and the employees.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Would recommend

    Mar 8, 2021 - Managing Editor in Cape Town
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    Pros

    Global corporate; atmosphere of continued learning

    Cons

    Large corporate with many processes

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great

    Dec 31, 2020 - Chief Executive Officer in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Great place to work all day

    Cons

    none of the above thanks

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Terrible Leadership and Strategy - "Why would one acquire a company without knowing how to run it!"

    Oct 22, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
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    Pros

    I worked for "Aasaanjobs" - Company which was acquired by Naspers through OLX. Here's what went right in that acquisition for us employees: 1. You get stable pay, receive salary on time. 2. You are part of bigger group. So, you get the advantage of their employee skills development programme, employee health and safety policies, etc.

    Cons

    I worked for "Aasaanjobs" - Company which was acquired by Naspers through OLX. Here's what went wrong in that acquisition for us employees: 1. Everything after the acquisition was painted merry, but soon the meritocratic culture of Aasaanjobs started to collapse. Naspers changed the entire upper management in the company, took the hold of company from its founders and the circus started. This new OLX management has a very little of the idea about how to run (or keep running) an innovative company in India. The strategy and planning is plagued with Broken Communication, lack of transparency, sub-par problem solving and egotist management. This resulted into distracted strategy plannings. Management dismissed ideas and metrics presented by employees (who were actually working on ground level in recruitment and had better idea about the space). And then failed to provide focused roadmap themselves! And when numbers started falling, employees were to blame. 2. Naspers (and OLX) boasted about being employee first, but in reality very less efforts were taken to reward employee efforts. Poor Human Resource management, mis-managed appraisals, complete ignorance to employee insights burned down the joyful Aasaanjobs work culture. Every feedback to HR turned out to be illogical and unnecessary battle. Who would want to work in company where HR thinks that company is doing favour on employees by paying them and keeping them employed. 3. Apart from above issues, I want to highlight a particular project of "Converting Aasaanjobs to OLX jobs". Till now this project has been taken up and completed and dismantled by management, TWICE in a span of just 1.5 year! To put this in perspective, this project employed almost 60 odd engineers working tirelessly for 4-5 months. And everything went in vein and teams had to make last minute adjustments to revert back the changes. Every time management pushed for this project aggressively and in the end said, "Sorry we did not think the project through" Apart from waste of time and resources of company, this seems like a stupid game that management is playing with employees' careers. So for past 2 years, 80 odd top class engineers and product managers have done very little to add to their resume just because of management was clueless.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    The most underestimated emerging market Internet giant.

    May 3, 2020 - Chief Technology Officer Telecom in Johannesburg
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart expansive thinking, deeply strategic, decision makers, solid team, and some smart bets are keys to successes. The largest runner-up competitor to Google, Facebook, Amazon - that the world is precariously oblivious to. This is a 50-year Sun Tzu business plan in action, yet they are a company of action and decisions. Zero procrastination. Zero tolerance to incompetency.

    Cons

    Cut throat and brutal when it doesn't work.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Review

    Oct 14, 2019 - Supervisor - VOD Quality Control in Johannesburg
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great creative work culture. Work with all nationalities globally. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Long working hours. There should be more global work transfers for experience.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good

    Jun 17, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good. Friendly people. Flat organisation

    Cons

    Nothing at all. Good organisation

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