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Updated Nov 7, 2020

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PeopleSearch Managing Director Lorencz Tay Yuh Shiuan
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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A company with poor management and value systems

    Nov 7, 2020 - Specialist Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Really none to write here

    Cons

    Greatest mistake ever to join this company. I’ve spoken to some colleagues from the other teams, none had leaders like the one I had and the experience certainly was “out of the world” and “one of a kind”. In general, the company has a lot of appointed and to be appointed leaders who really do not have strong or even the least leadership attributes. The main issue about the management team in this company, is that most of them have been working in the company for a long time, hence the exposure and experience they have gained are solely from this same organization. They are like frogs in a well, they are very old school in their thinking and way of managing stuff, they work in a very typical family business kind of mindset and they are really not competitive as compared to the big and renowned organizations in the same field. The leader I had was the worst I’ve ever met in my entire life of my career. He was so manipulative, self-centred and had zero work ethics. He was perpetually late for meetings, trainings and even coming to work. He would schedule meetings with you but you would be left hanging in the air because of his disappearing acts or no replies. He would give all sorts of excuses and even came up with excuses about going out to meet clients when he was just simply late. There were miraculously a lot of meetings but hardly any new jobs or clients to add value to the team from all his so called “meetings”. He would gossip and speak ill of you to other colleagues and even try to sow discord within the team. He is so selfish because when he comes in late for work (which is of no fault and irrelevant to you), he would expect you to work according to his timings, which is totally absurd. (Please get a life and know that the world does not revolve around you.) He loves claiming credit even when the credit was not his to begin with. He even vies for his own team members sales. He takes almost no responsibility when something or someone in the team is not doing well, he immediately accords the blame to the person when in fact, he played no part in nurturing or helping his consultants or having a structured plan as to how he can help the person do better. Well, I guess what can you expect from someone who is always late, goes MIA and has a reputation within the group and even to external clients of his tardiness. His team retention rate is -300000000, with the longest team member as just 6 months old. I heard he has been like that for the longest time ever but his boss still condones all his wrongdoings and poor management style. It is never a fair system over here in this company, you will only be protected if you are part of the leadership team or in their “good books”. One of the senior leaders is the fakest and most manipulative person I’ve ever seen in my career. During the interview, you will be taken in by her because she is such a good actress, she will pretend to ask you to check out the reviews on Glassdoor and indirectly saying those reviews on Glassdoor is left by naysayers or people who did not do well and left. I was drawn to her because I have to acknowledge she does have this charm and persona that lures you into believing her. I only knew all these was just an act when I’ve been with the company for awhile. Basically, the both of them are unprofessional managers, love to gossip about an employee to another and try to make you dislike the person who is not in their good books. Please do not ever share anything personal to the management as they would speak about this personal issue in a public setting, when you are not around even when it was meant to be kept as a secret. They love to portray themselves as staunch believers of a certain religion. They love using this as something to connect to candidates and clients, but believe me, all these were really just part of their sales talk and make believe to make you buy them. I see some of their supposed “leaders to be” who are in line to be promoted to leaders. Absolutely makes no sense for some. One of them speaks poorly, she has minimal substance and possibly not the best work ethics. Seeing how some of these people being groomed to become part of the leadership team gives me zero confidence in how robust their management team can be. They groom such people to become leaders because they are short of having good people in the company, and simply not many in the company who have been here for a long time. Attrition rate of the company is sky high and I guess it’s not difficult to know why this is the case having experienced all these negative events.

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Only survivable if you're a Top Performer

    Jul 23, 2020 - Specialist Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    1. Colleagues were why i stayed for so long 2. Database is one of the best I’ve used so far, very user friendly 3. Training is well thought out and structured - best way for newbies to learn

    Cons

    Where do I begin? 1. Lowballing is the name of the game - you are lowballed dramatically, you start off anywhere from mid to high 2s depending on whether you’re a degree holder or not - you reach MARKET RATE of mid 3s AFTER your 1st promotion - you are trained to lowball the candidates, getting them to move from great companies to ones that are notorious in reputation on anywhere from -10% to 10% increment —> ask yourself if you would personally move on these kind of numbers 2. Our leader berated our foreign colleague during a company wide meeting - “eh xxx, i thought you wanted to do well? i don’t think you will be successful” when in actual fact said colleague had already closed 2 cases. 3. Here’s the kicker: This leader told us “we’re in a crisis!” and proceeded to buy a brand new Sports Car still. 4. This leader also mocked another colleague who wore a Daniel Wellington watch, saying that the fabric strap was cheapskate. 5. This leader also invites the selected top performers for exclusive expensive lunches and events - an open bias to others who are not on his radar. 6. It’s perfectly normal for training to be scheduled based on the leaders’ calendars, but it is unacceptable that this leader doesn’t respect anyone’s time but his own. He notifies us at the last minute that he will be late or doesn’t show up at all. 7. This leader is also always late for client meetings, a reputation he has built in his market. 8. The meetings and trainings scheduled by this leader are at 7.30am or 8am, during lunch time (so no rest back to work straightaway), or his favourite times: Friday evenings and Saturday mornings - which eat into our personal time. 9. This leader has also indirectly coerced our colleagues to stay back late until 11pm/12am, come back on weekends, to complete tasks that were given to them at the last minute. 10. One of our colleagues even slept overnight in the office to complete his work. 11. This leader also has anger management issues and will not hesitate to shout at you in a room full of people. He doesn’t seem to understand that that affects employee morale tremendously. 12. Our leaders abuse their power: - One leader in particular will touch you inappropriately even though it is obvious that this person’s advances aren’t welcome - They promise you a certain percentage of a deal, but go back on their word - leading to failure of confirmation and eventual departure of these consultants - They threaten to make you leave the company - They speak bad about you when you leave and even start rumours that you have joined competitors - which aren’t true - They decide when it’s convenient to abandon you in deals gone wrong and shift the blame on you when acted on their advice 13. Our leaders also have “the right” to reject your leave if you are not hitting your targets - this is not stated in the contract. Our leaves have been rejected for: - death of loved ones overseas - wedding planned months before joining, which was shared with HR, but was not conveyed to the leaders 14. During the demise of loved ones, there were: - requests to work on the “less important” days of the wake - questions about sales funnel during the wake But no one from office sent flowers or came by to pay their respects at the wakes 15. I also question the purpose of exit interviews conducted by HR. Such behaviour is condoned or rather “can’t be helped, they are like that” In summary, you have been warned - join at your own risk.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A place that trample your dignity

    Jul 19, 2020 - Specialist Consultant in Singapore
    Recommend
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    Pros

    CRM System is very good. It is very holistic. UI UX was awesome as well.

    Cons

    If there is a choice to rate 0 star, I will rate it 0 star. This company don't deserve even just 1 star. The culture here is so toxic, no respect, not appreciative, personal attacks, not professional and the list goes on. 1) We have colleagues who gets their leaves cancelled, not approved just because they did not hit their sales target. 2) We have colleagues who are foreigners that have family members who passed on. They were told, why take so many days leaves? Is not that he/she is going to be alive. You can't change things. 3) We have colleagues who are in the middle of a compassionate leave but was haunt for their sales numbers and asked to join a meeting in the midst of their compassionate leave. A total lack of compassion. It makes me wonder do they even have family members that they love or they actually have no loved ones. Totally cold-blooded. 4) We have colleagues who were told off by the MD that he/she was a joke for wearing a DW watch just because he himself is wearing an AP watch. 5) We have colleagues who were shouted across by the MD in front of everyone during a meeting that he/she will not be successful in the name of "just being candid". 6) We have colleagues who were bullied by their leaders, told by their leaders that, "you also not in commission, no point taking such a big cut for the points" even though he/she handled most of the sales process. 7) We have colleagues, being asked to come back to work on a Saturday and Sunday because they do not have enough sales. They have this AGIS skills to psycho candidates to join their clients and also an AGIS skill to make you feel so bad as though you owe them a living and that you have to put in the extra hours to be in their good books. 8) We have colleagues who was told to shorten his/her marriage leave in. It is as though he/she is going to get married 2 or more times in his stay with the company. 9) We have colleagues who were bullied by other colleagues just because their sales are good. It is as though when you have good sales, you have the right to bully others. 10) We have leaders, who yell at people for no good reasons. 11) We have leaders, who do not respect other people's time. They send a calendar invite with time and date for a meeting or for a lesson. This leader is always late and do not give reasons or prior notice. Just MIA, wasting everyone's time, messing up other's schedule. 12) We have leaders, who call for last minute meetings, usually during lunch hours or knock off timing. We often have to quickly go down and pack our food, gobble the food up within 10 to 15mins time. 13) We have leaders, who call you at like 10pm when you are at home preparing to sleep. 14) We have HR, who actually condone such disrespectful leaders. "Aiya, he/she is like that one la, let him/she shout la, don’t put it to heart.” 15) We have leaders, tracking you like you are on SHN. Have like 5 to 6 zoom meetings in a day wasting your time and then later come question you on why did not talk to candidates or hiring managers. They did not realize that half of the time was spend on ultra-micro managing, doing meaningless reports which are duplicates. 16) We have colleagues, being threaten by their leaders to make them leave the company. 17) We have leaders, who play the religion card. If you do not believe the same God as them, then it is just too bad. Yes, they are Cns . 18) The company as a whole have a culture that treats all consultants like a money-making machine, if the machine is faulty, they just change a new one. 19) The company as a whole, won't say good things about someone who resigns. In fact, they will say very lousy and negative things about their ex-consultants. 20) They company as a whole, believes that, if you leave them, you are a loser, a person that cannot be successful in life. To sum up, if you want to join this company, be prepared to; Have no work life balance, being treated like dirt with no respect, if you have love ones and they must pass away, it will be best to ask them to pick a date where you bring in enough sales, do not wear a lousy watch, get bullied by your leaders and colleagues, being bad-mouthed, being shouted in front of your colleagues during a meeting, have the same religion as them, being look down upon by your MD, have your leaders killing you to protect themselves, have your cases being KS-ed by your own colleagues, have HR that sides the management aka not being impartial, feel like a burden if your sales is not good, get a pay cut if you do not meet your sales target. They say, this place is only for the strong, not for the weak. I say, this place is for people who will resort to all sorts of lousy, low class, inhuman methods in order to achieve their so-called success.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Values-centric Search Firm

    Apr 6, 2020 - Specialist Consultant 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Management is concerned about instilling correct values first and results second. We have always been told that results will come naturally once the proper character is inculcated. I felt that the various measures put in place helped to encourage self-reflection and maximise learning. If you are interested on continuous development and personal growth in your career, Peoplesearch creates an enabling environment for such individuals. Benefits are also pretty encouraging. Medical is covered by the company and leave is also allowed. Some may be unhappy with the leave policy as it is dependent on the achievement of one's sales targets. It is undeniable that this is a sales job and thus the targets would be the KPI on which performance is measured. In light of the foregoing, sales targets are set by each consultant at the start of every year. The leadership does encourage certain targets proportionate to their expectations of you, however, at the same time, leaders would not hesitate to provide sobering information by breaking down the sales target from the dollars one will earn to the number of jobs one needs to handle in a week to the number of hours one needs to work. This exercise helps to reconcile the ambition one has with the reality of the effort that needs to be put in. Therefore, although leadership may be determined in ensuring each consultant reaches their goals, these goals were set by the consultants themselves. Leadership are also very open to both reflection and conversation. Should there be a disagreement on the manner in which a certain operation was carried out, leadership is receptive to feedback and are very willing to consider alternatives. It is without a doubt that despite their wealth of experience, even the leaders with the most number of years under their belt possessed a profound humility. Beyond criticism, leaders, being experts on career advice, are always concerned about your career and are open to sharing and providing advice when solicited. Beyond the achievement of sales targets, the company is very receptive to any projects that consultants may wish to initiate for the betterment of the company. This may include Corporate Social Responsibility, employee welfare, candidate engagement and even social media outreach. Most of these initiatives came from the bottom up and reflect the Company's willingness for each consultant willing to contribute their unique talents to do so in the way that helps the Company. Lastly, there is a strong emphasis on individual responsibility. Although from the above, it appears that the Company provides excellent group support, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that success is ultimately determined by the individual's willingness and determination. The good thing about the company is that they are extremely transparent on this front despite the amount of support they provide and that reality is one that many consultants face.

    Cons

    The nature of the work may be dry to some. Despite the excellent environment, I found that continuous calling and reaching out to people was too operational for me. It prioritized and rewarded consistent repetitive work which was not my greatest strength. My realisation of that point made me decide to pursue other careers. There is a fine line between feedback and shaming and the latter would be unacceptable. Although I have personally not experienced it, I have seen others being subject to shaming, albeit inadvertently. However, despite it being vastly easier compared to constructive criticism, shaming should be discouraged in all its forms from both leaders as well as peers, both with intention and without.

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