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Updated January 18, 2018
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SEEK CEO & Co-Founder Andrew Bassat
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance, Learning opportunities & friendly team (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people here, awesome office policy with flexi hours, casual attire and positive work environment that support your daily productivity (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes a bi of a jewish boys club (in 3 reviews)

  • They may be a market leader in Australia, but globally they are chasing the competition (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "SEEK Asia - from good to worst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - If your career path is to be a trainer or coach relating to IT or software development, this is a good places for you as there are a lot opportunity for to train and coach people as this is what the company culture is like.
    - Attend cool tech talks, joining conference and dedicated learning time to get you going. you can do all that and get paid at the end of the month.
    - cool job title, which you might not even know what the title means the first time it was told to you.

    Cons

    - If your career is to be legit "player" software development or IT path, is better to look elsewhere, as you will spend most of your time teaching low performing employee that the company refuse to "let go" and also supporting "great leader" in doing what they delegate to you to do based on what he/she "talked about yesterday", you wont have much involvement in project to actually improve your software engineering discipline, but more to teaching/coaching and dealing with those 'leaders'..
    - If you are result oriented individual, this will be a frustrating place to work as well. you will get more talks than actually getting the results. you talk on how to start a project. when you start a project talk about what kind of methodology, testing strategy and etc, and not actually doing it as if talking on something will produce results.

    Advice to Management

    To the management of concern, please be critical of your subsidiaries as well. If it is not producing results, do not blame of the bad economy and adjusting the EBITA and etc to have a good nett profit. Rather, look how things are going in the company there. How many product feature or enhancement that actually generate interest and profit for the company. Don't let any CxO talks their way through a bad results.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Office worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loganholme (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loganholme (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SEEK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None, as the whole office environment is toxic

    Cons

    Workplace bullying & harassment
    Entitlements not paid

    Advice to Management

    Learn people skills and honour agreements and you might get loyalty

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Seek Asia going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEEK full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Recently we see and hear many diverse nationalities and smart people joining from corporate companies
    - some improvement on employee benefits although could be still better
    -some degree of open door policy for employee to speak with the younger C-level members who are open to hear and promote changes

    Cons

    -company lead by direction-less leader and little to inspire the employees. If you ask any employees in any countries of Seek Asia, they wonder if they are Seek Asia or Jobstreet or Jobsdb. Utter confusion of identity even after 2 over years of acquisition!
    - unprofessional attitude from the top leader. Some old-timer share about the old stories of how he shouted or saying demeaning words that could be hear from the walls and that still continue today
    -too many involvement of managers, heads and even from C-level which makes it hard and confusing for employees to execute decisions. Everyone wants to be right!!
    - many legacy mindset that frustrate those who want to change for the better. Some have left due to frustration
    - recently company retain a long-serving employee who tyrant her employees with bias style but promoting her to regional position. You can read that from the Jobstreet Malaysia page review.
    -many good leaders have left the company and almost on weekly that we read email or hear rumors of resignations
    - forget about work-life balance!

    Advice to Management

    Headquarter need to focus to improve the management of Seek Asia and renew the noble vision of the company before it slide down further.


  4. "Seek Asia - one of the worse experience a MNC could offers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SEEK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A little bit of Flexi hours benefit are given
    Leadership team are still in the forming stage

    Cons

    High turnover for performers
    Full of hypocrites, low intelligence and bunch of legacies employees and leader making lives miserable for performers to perform
    A total cultural shock!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen and move with time. The legacy is good but is already a history. Admit it.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Very odd culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They throw in heaps of employee’s from breakfast, a free bar on a Friday night. Birthday cake for every employee and no expense spared Xmas and staff parties. Great offices with above average salary packages.

    Cons

    A total Boys club - It’s almost like you are back in the 80’s the stuff that goes on here. Very very difficult to progress here if you are a woman.
    Cliquey – It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know and who you drink with on a Friday night.
    Unauthentic environment – lots of back stabbing going on and no one has the minerals to just tell you to your face.
    Slow to act in terms of product innovation – Prefer to just copy competitors’ products that to truly be innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at your leadership and HR functions. However, it appears you are comfortable with the above behaviour as it’s been going on for years.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Seek Has a Big Gender Problem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

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

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - Good salaries
    - Casual clothes
    - Food and snacks
    - Brilliant Xmas party

    Cons

    - To progress you have to be among the "in" crowd
    - Women rarely get senior roles/management roles except in sales
    - Hiring managers hire in their own image, so there are a lot of shortish balding guys at Seek. Not so many women. Some other ethnicities among developers.
    - Very poor diversity
    - Very dysfunctional workplace that does not adhere to normative standards. Hiring and promoting is not based on merit but on whether you're a mate or not.

    Advice to Management

    A gender equal workplace is more than providing free tampons in the ladies toilets


  7. Helpful (15)

    "It's like being a high school student in the movie "Mean Girls""

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Kilda, Victoria (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Kilda, Victoria (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Seek is a very social place with lots of fun social events, lunches, after work drinks, the worlds best work Xmas party and lots of good looking young people. They have a well equipped break room with free espresso coffee, table tennis table, galaga etc. Seek senior managers are talented, strategic thinkers from a consulting background who make a lot of good decisions about the direction the organisation should go in. If you develop strong friendships and social connections with the inner clique who run the place then you can do very well and look forward to early promotion at a young age.

    Cons

    Seek senior managers are very hands off and have delegated their people and process management responsibilities to a group of young, inexperienced team leaders and managers. As a result there are some poorly organized processes and working methods which make it very difficult to meet expectations and there is a lot of politics and favoritism toward the IN group.

    Anyone who threatens this group of young managers and team leaders by criticizing the way they do things or by competing with them for promotion is undermined and forced out through a ruthless campaign of false accusations, constant criticism, faultfinding, humiliation, malicious gossip and slander. Some managers turn a blind eye to this. Seek HR and other managers blame the victim and participate in the harassment.

    The result of these poor human resource management practices is that quite a few high achieving people who challenged the status quo have been forced out with serious psychological injuries. Some have been unable to work again for some time.

    Working in this environment is like being a high school student in the movie "Mean Girls"

    Advice to Management

    Recognise that you have a serious cultural problem and fix it before you end up in court.


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