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Updated Jan 6, 2021

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2.8
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Joo Siang Sim
84 Ratings
Pros
  • "great colleagues, fast paced environment(in 24 reviews)

  • "Work from home, positive working environment in office(in 16 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "management will only treat you well if you hit the sales target(in 13 reviews)

  • "no work life balance (even if you really cannot do any work, have to show face and stay back after 6pm)(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good learning ground for freshies

      Jan 6, 2021 - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -learning ground for freshies -good incentive if do well -ceo took initiative to come office everytime to talk to each consultant (though is a way for him to do spotcheck)

      Cons

      -Politics -Micromanagement (certain division) Cannot reveal much but to the one who got the best sales in the division always has the last say For example -control who can the team lunch with?! -Management has rigid mindset and doesnot consider employee welfare at all (we have to carry computer back home -they dont even bother to buy laptop for everyone - can imagine how heavy to carry whole cpu, monitor, keyboard home on alternate week) -no work life balance (even if you really cannot do any work, have to show face and stay back after 6pm) - required to explain why you take annual leave (even if is very personal) -HRM not doing anything to help the employee even if employee voice out.

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      8 people found this review helpful

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      HR Manager

      Thank you for the review. We are committed to create a conducive and collaborative environment for all our employees and we are glad to hear some of your experiences. We wish you the best in your future endeavours.

    2. 2.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Bad

      Dec 31, 2020 - Human Resources Coordinator Trainee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice people to work with Young environment

      Cons

      Unrealistic expectations to meet No work life balance (don’t expect to leave on the dot, be prepared to be scolded for not meeting the unrealistic targets) Paid peanuts but you are expected to work non-stop Micromanagement

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      HR Manager

      Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. If you would like to share more about your experiences with us, please contact us by emailing feedback@recruitexpress.com.sg so that we can set up an appropriate time to talk. Thank you again for the feedback.

    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Sales-oriented environment

      Jan 29, 2020 - Human Resources Coordinator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Colleagues are willing to teach and guide basic skills - High salary if you work for the long term - Salary is on time

      Cons

      - stressful environment. Always need to find ways to look for candidates - Many company events fall on the weekend. Need to stay back for many events. Sometimes, need to stay until night for preparation D&D. -Need to do work at home. No rest day. -No work-life balance

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      2 people found this review helpful

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      HR Manager

      Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. If you would like to share more about your experiences with us, please contact us by emailing feedback@recruitexpress.com.sg so that we can set up an appropriate time to talk. Thank you again for the feedback.

    4. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Job Experience

      Oct 29, 2019 - Anonymous Contractor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good colleagues and mentorship; good opportunity

      Cons

      Long hours, low pay, no work life balance

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      HR Manager

      Thank you for the review. We are committed to create a conducive and collaborative environment for all our employees and we are glad to hear some of your experiences. We wish you the best in your future endeavours.

    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good pay. Suitable for those that want to earn and willing to put in efforts.

      Feb 12, 2016 - Senior Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good pay as compared to other companies - Get to learn a lot of things related to recruitment and HR - fun and vibrant environment as there's a lot of youngsters - hire fresh grad and provide mentorship - Get to learn a lot of soft skills while working - no restrictions on job scope (can do tasks accordingly to your own preference) - Quarterly appraisal and promotion (good for those that want to work hard, earn more and do well) - overall, if you can make it.. It's a good place to join. - lots of perks for those that do well

      Cons

      - Restriction on certain politics - no work life balance (have to do OT and work from home) but hey if you want to do well I Guess it's a fair trade. - Lots of activities that will eat up your Saturdays and weekday evenings - Can improve in management - Favouritism and office politics - might need to share computers if your office is overcrowded

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      1 person found this review helpful

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      HR Manager

      Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear some of your experiences and are committed to create a collaborative and conducive environment for all our employees. We appreciate your sharing!

    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Company that only look at sales figures

      Oct 19, 2012 - Recruitment Consultant in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Dynamic environment, and mostly nice colleagues who can treat you well. Basic salary matches fresh graduates average, and also commission based. If you are able to hit the sales target, commission will be very attractive. Employee benefits are quite good if you are a confirmed staff.

      Cons

      Highly stressful environment. Have to be very fast in filling/hitting sales figures, otherwise CEO will 'target' you during the weekly meetings. Daily debrief is after official working hours, everyone tends to stay late and if you are new, don't think of going back home early. There is no work life balance most of the time as you are expected to report to work on Saturdays as well. Not easy to get confirmed as you need to be consistent in hitting your sales target for a few months. (Colleague only got confirmed after 1 year of probation)

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      People: Why so quick to criticise but slow to praise?

      Feb 24, 2016 - Senior Executive Recruiter in Orchard,
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      Pros

      Joined as a fresh grad, I harness all my working skill set and people management skill from the company, and am still learning on the job! Unlike many sales organisations which throw the new hires into the deep pool to learn how to swim on their own, the new consultants here are attached to individual mentors who will ensure their growth and survivor in the organization. (Of course, joining a good team and a good mentor is important) After all, the most junior consultant will be the weakest link in the team. A very team-based working environment with supportive comrades, thus there’s a tremendous sense of camaraderie. Where there are always many activities / events that the colleagues can arrange together after work. Money is good for consultants who perform averagely ok, salary is even better for above average performers. Basically, many places will not be able to compete with the salary and incentive scheme for the above average performers here. CEO carries out stress interview at the last round of interview with the potential hires. He does stress and push the managers and leaders a lot for results, after all this is his job! Any of the consultants who work long enough will appreciate the CEO who is indeed very hardworking, takes time to know individual consultant’s names and personal interest. The CEO will be there at his staff’s weddings, child delivery, baby showers, or even the staff’s immediate family members’ wakes. Having a very busy schedule, this alone shows how much he cares for his staff and organisation. This place is for the highly driven, result oriented Goal-getter, where you will find yourself regularly racing against time. But this does not mean the goals are unattainable. If you are individual who are driven to perform to see results, to want to have great responsibilities and earnings, then this will be a suitable place, and be prepared to be drilled. Culture is dynamic, but not as cut throat and aggressive as seen in other sales organisations. The leaders are actually very understanding; after all they went through the same process as the new recruits. However, if you do not perform, you will quit the job eventually, thus the stress to perform is inevitable. At the end of the day, results speak everything and this is a sales organisation. For fresh recruits, they will learn to understand the realities of the working world on this job.

      Cons

      A more individualist will find the team bonding activities and events too overwhelming, as you need to spend the precious after work time (many a times on Saturdays) with colleagues. All the quarterly workshops are held in the 5/6 stars hotels on Saturdays. A highly driven organization also means highly stressful environment. This place will not be suitable for consultants who want to have an easy work life / slack job, yet expect to earn good money. Good money = no work life balance = more OT / more stress Will not be a place for people who are not willing to work longer hours. Basically, you will reap what you sow. Consultants will be hardly able to ‘chillax’ as you will be constantly on your toes with the unforeseen circumstances that can happen from time to time. One must be adaptable and highly flexible.

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      3 people found this review helpful

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      HR Manager

      Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear some of your experiences and are committed to create a collaborative and conducive environment for all our employees. We appreciate your sharing. Thank you.

    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Join at your own risk

      Jan 18, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Sales position, offers high salary if you are able to hit sales targets - Young and energetic people, fresh grads would be able to fit in. Good transition from school to work. - gain insights as to what employers are looking for, able to market yourself better in the future - one of the easier sales jobs out there, don't need to run about under the sun to meet clients

      Cons

      - gossipy environment, unsympathetic colleagues & management. Try not to let the people there know too much about your personal things as it will be used as fodder for gossip or judgement on you. These personal info will also be kept as ammunition'to 'shoot' you in the future, should your sales figures ever go down or just for causal gossip. - promotes a materialistic and superficial culture, whereby you are judged solely based on your sales figures, what type of house you stay, what school were you from, what car do you drive. Bring in the sales and you will be treated like a god/asset there. No sales and you will be treated worse than dirt. They do not take any reasoning (luck/bad economy) into consideration, you are the one at fault for your poor performance and they will tell you that straight to your face. - unfair treatment towards different employees. If you are in a strong and supportive team with helpful leaders, life won't be as difficult for you. If you suay suay got placed into a weak team or a team with selfish/bad leaders, then is really good luck to you. Struggle like hell on your own and don't expect them to help you. Get the sales in if not they wont be kind to you as well. - there is a minimum target to hit, which is to cover your so-called "cost" to the organization. It is calculated based on your basic salary. If you fail to cover your cost, basic salary deduction will occur. 20% of your salary will be deducted. - poor work process and office equipment. 2-3 people share a computer which hasn't been updated since 2013. 2-3 people share a telephone too. Junior employees are not allowed to have their own computer or email addresses. Only when you bring in enough sales for the organization then you will be confirmed and only then, you will get your own email with your own name. This is also extremely ridiculous becuase they expect you to do telesales to potential client with a generic email. Not sure how they expect the employees to attain trust with clients by using an email that doesn't even have their name on it. - backward management, thinking that they are still in the early 2000's and everything is still as easy as back in 2005. The amount of competition (between colleagues and other recruitment agencies) has increased so much, it's no longer as easy as just throwing resumes at clients and you will get sales. But apparently that is what they think you should do - cut-throat competition between colleagues. You need to compete with your colleagues working on the same roles, other recruitment agencies as well as candidates who applied directly to get the sales. IN addition, insincere and rude clients are daily occurrences too. - strictly no MC or urgent leave policy. Of course they give the benefit to you on paper, but they will use peer pressure and "conform to our work culture" to force employees to not take Mcs or urgent leave. Coming to work with a high fever or in rare cases, nose bleeds are commonly heard of, likewise, don't expect sympathy or gratitude as well. It is "expected" of you, to remain 'committed to work'. No such thing as work-life balance, as quoted from the management. If you dare to take an mc, be prepared to face black faces from your leaders the next day - dirty, dusty, old and tattered work stations and environment. The place is so dirty and dusty, it's easy to fall sick within the first few months of work, as well as due to overworking. They really work you to the bone and squeeze you dry. I could go on and on, but really this is just from my point of view. There are people who are happy working here, able to earn the money and able to accept all those as listed above. It's really, join at your own risk. But those people who can do so has been working there since the 2000's, basically the pioneer batch when there was not much competition still. It is not the same nowadays.

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      11 people found this review helpful

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      HR Manager

      Thank you for taking the time to provide us your feedback. If you would like to share more about your experiences with us, please contact us by emailing to feedback@recruitexpress.com.sg so that we can set up an appropriate time to talk. Thank you again for the feedback.

    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Work hard- play hard. There are the fun times and the most challenging times.

      Aug 4, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Young and energetic colleagues, relatively good incentive

      Cons

      Not easy to attain work-life balance as you will want to put in the extra hours to make up to your sales target

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Contractor

      HR Coordinator (Part-Time)

      Jan 17, 2019 - Anonymous Contractor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. The team members that I worked with was friendly 2. I was able to achieve the target and bring in results to the team 3. It was a fast paced working environment

      Cons

      1. The CEO is very discriminative, disrespectful and self-centred. Of all the bosses that I encountered, he doesn't portray any qualities or strengths that inspire others to be like him. Other than the fact that he flaunts his wealth. 2. The system of one computer being shared across 2-3 employees is seriously stupid that does not contribute to any time and cost productive. No company ever practice this sort of system other than RE. 3. There is no work-life balance. 4. The pay for temp staff is only $7/hour. The fact that staff have to wear formal attire (some even purchase it), work in central locations (cost of travelling), amount of money spent on destressing (from the situation faced at work) and other necessary/personal expenses, there is hardly any savings. Employees are not fairly compensated. 5. There are rigid procedures/formalities/SOP that employees are expected to follow, which have proven to be ineffective in how work/results were done. (E.g: Forcing candidate to accept a job when they show little interest - resulting in more frustration)

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