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Updated Sep 23, 2021

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PeopleSearch Managing Director Lorencz Tay Yuh Shiuan
Lorencz Tay Yuh Shiuan
5 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great working environment and good learning exposure

    Sep 23, 2021 - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Proper training and guidance provided to help excel in your work - Friendly environment, colleagues are nice - Solid candidate database - Very good learning opportunities to nurture your stakeholder management skills and recruitment experience

    Cons

    If i had to pick one: - High turnover, which is normal within the recruitment industry

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    3 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Supportive environment and good learning exposure

    Sep 21, 2021 - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good learning exposure and guidance from superiors. Very open culture and no hierarchy in the company. Close knitted company with great understanding towards each other.

    Cons

    Fast paced as it is a recruitment company

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    High turnover

    Jul 29, 2021 - Recruiter 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Learn a lot, but depends on who you have as your team leader

    Cons

    Turnover is really high there

    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Overall is good

    May 21, 2021 - Recruiter in Taipei
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Aggressive, collaborative, professional, passion and market leader

    Cons

    Low bonus, need hard working, overwork

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Above all else, it's about the People making a difference.

    Feb 2, 2021 - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - One of the best training grounds in recruitment, or even sales, for anybody who is willing to learn and grind. - Excellent CRM system as compared to others I've used before. And... that's about it.

    Cons

    - Constantly in a toxic environment, and treated with no respect if you are not doing well, or rather not making money for them. Managers / Team Leads bark, snap, scream, shout at you, both privately and publicly in meetings. - Value long working hours, skipping meals as a virtue. - Text messages, emails literally in the middle of the night, demanding for work done. - Poor Time management even for Directors, who only regards his own time as valuable, and others' time as garbage. Late for literally every single meeting, even client meetings. - Meetings over lunch, meetings over dinner, meetings over Friday nights, meeting over Saturday mornings, and they do it shamelessly, as if its completely normal, and the most depressing part about all these, is that people (including me) come to terms with it. - Every morning, first thing in the day, before you even start working, there will be an email sent to every single person in the office, a list of every consultant's "results" the previous day. Comparing how many cold calls, how much information obtained, how many interviews arranged. Letting you start your day feeling motivated.. or depressed. - But fret not, there is a daily cult exercise / workout that you will be forced to participate, from calming your nerves by swinging your arms and hips, or by pressing certain acupuncture points to feel relaxed and happy, and ready for the awesome day ahead of skipping lunch and missing family dinners. - After all that's said and done, to be honest, if you do well and close deals. You'll be alright, in fact, you can even be as obnoxious and lecherous, and you will be protected, just like how certain managers. - Commission structure is not the worst, however, the worst is when your already miserable cut gets even lesser when vultures can swoop in and take a cut in the name of help. Oh and directors will also take a cut out of your payouts if you aren't following certain rules or Standard Operating Procedures. Did I mention that these said rules are not even official company's roles, but customized rules and SOPs for certain groups under this director's management. -You will also be paying for their share of employer CPF contribution from your commission cut, so that's that. - If you resign during your probation period, they will also charge you 7 working days as your training fees, regardless whether you closed any deals (I did, and it was more than enough to cover these measly 7 days of pay) Left an extremely bitter taste in my mouth. If you're looking to join PeopleSearch, Have a good read at all of the existing glassdoor reviews (Non 4-5 stars only, if you know what I mean). Factors not included in my list of cons just means it did not happen to me personally, but most definitely happened to consultants around me. Be prepared to see dignity trampled, experienced salesmen being mocked, shouted at. Consultants being humiliated in front of everybody by the CEO for something he did not verify. Consultants being judged for what watch piece they don. In summary, PeopleSearch is the worst company I've ever set foot in, but I do not regret this decision as there has never been an instance where I feel unhappy at a workplace since I left, because I've experienced the very worst.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Toxic, morally corrupt, Propaganda-cultured, cult-like Company- DO NOT JOIN!

    Oct 13, 2020 - Recruitment Consultant 
    Recommend
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    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.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Please think before you join.

    Mar 27, 2020 - Recruiter in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A learning and development platform with many trainings which cover end to end recruitment process from sourcing to client business development.

    Cons

    To be honest, there were many who couldn’t stand the way the leaders micromanage them. Who can stand being shouted across the office ? How can anyone stand that kind of treatment? We were not slaves to be driven laboriously in this place and to be given hints that we couldn’t go back on time even at 6pm (though our work-time should end at 530pm). They also micromanaged the employees until the point they ridiculed us during meetings if we didnt deliver sales targets and threatened us to leave or even gave us a paycut. You would also witness how the senior leader ridicule the team lead in front of his or her subordinates. Not only that, some leaders would call you at 9pm and ask you to reply their messages. They would also offer you huge paycut from your previous employment telling you that they would give you a raise in salary if you delivered. Once you chose to leave the company, regardless of your years of employment, they would definitely speak trash about you in the office or when they meet with the clients. I had heard so many bad rumours of those who have left. Untrue or true, I don’t think you should treat people of such manner. I know because I have experienced this. Worse still, they would expect you to come back to Saturdays to work. There were (and I know there are still) functions on Saturdays. A lot of meetings were scheduled last minutes and they didn’t send calendar invite and they blamed the invitees. They would also speak of many so-called motivational talks/ videos which were unnecessary because that whole time could be use to engage candidates and clients. Let’s not forget the morning exercise. Cheers to those who survived or trying to survive Peoplesearch. You have indeed survived. Please just leave!

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    8 people found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Extensive opportunities for learning and career development

    Feb 26, 2017 - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    • Friendly environment where you get to learn on the job and with scheduled and customized trainings organized to encourage all of us to continuously stay relevant, and also learn from various leaders and peers. The community in PeopleSearch is approachable and willing to guide you along the way if you’re facing any challenges. • Depending on your interests & strengths, the company develops them by giving opportunities to showcase your talents and cultivate your interests (i.e. fitness challenges, organizing fun events, photography, etc.) • Welcoming and bright office in prime location and good view!

    Cons

    Hours can be long, and it definitely motivates you to prioritize and have better time management.

    11 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to learn new skills and start your career!

    Feb 13, 2017 - Recruitment Consultant 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    PeopleSearch invests time and effort in the employees. Team leaders dedicate themselves to provide in-house trainings for everyone, and review to ensure that there’s progression to track your performance. Gaining soft skills and market information are highly transferrable and can definitely aid you a great deal along your way in your career. Team-oriented and strong support system – the company adopts an open-concept and thus, it’s very easy to approach senior consultants and the Team Leaders when you need any help. Fun games and rewards when you hit your KPI – endless creative ideas to keep the employees motivated.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve. Sign up only if you are up for the challenge.

    12 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Don't join unless you have no place to go

    Jun 22, 2016 - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fancy location. Not much office politics. Friday event to appreciate performers. Sellable brand when poaching in candidates. Sometimes got massage, but you need to pay yourself.

    Cons

    Horrible basic salary and no annual increment or bonuses. They hold your commission for 3 months for no reason. For the first 6-9months you are only going to live with your minimum basic salary. Whenever you quit you are confirmed to get 2 quarters of commission chopped. Cutting off benefits; no more annual trip (they made a quarter trip scheme but the targets are not realistic to achieve). Horrible micro-management . All-time scolding culture, no appreciation. No proper guidance to junior staff. If you don't have good funnels running the management will blame all the fault to yourself regardless of the effort you have put in. TOP management treat themselves as God for offering you a job. They have quarterly event on Saturdays which is compulsory to attend. They force you to work on rest of Saturdays as well in ways of conduct meetings or blame if you are not in the office. This company likes to hire foreigners, as foreigners can't quit easily for the work pass. If you are foreigner and got the offer from this company, do think carefully.

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    15 people found this review helpful
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