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SEEK Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance, Learning opportunities & friendly team (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people and a great work environment with lots of benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • small with pretty flat structure, so limited room to grow (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. 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.


  2. 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

  3. "SEEK Asia - most horrible employer in my 20 years of working experience with BIG MNCs"

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

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

    Pros

    None of the good; all of the bad. The leadership team is hard core con team. From job offer to package to employees appraisal.

    Cons

    Not a place for performers. Full of hypocrites; low intelligence bunch of legacies of no value and real show stoppers making lives miserable.

    Advice to Management

    None because the Management thinks they're the smartest and always right


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Seek is a fun place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEEK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, creative environment. Great people.

    Cons

    Sometimes expectations and duties are not clearly defined. Messy hand offs between staff. Chaotic environment.

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Need to navigate the politics & favouritism to succeed"

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    Former Employee - General Management in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - General Management in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEEK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A very successful business. Challenging and varied work, good benefits. Keen on retaining staff with internal transfers locally and abroad. Pay reviews. Profit share.

    Cons

    Politics & favouritism of the inner cabal. HR are at the epicentre of this, and you can forget about a successful career here, if you don't invest the time and get on the right side of them.
    There are some real corporate psychopaths ruling the corridors, largely unchecked and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Constant political infighting and back stabbing.
     At the end of quarter the office can become a very cold and dark place if for whatever reason you cannot deliver a project or a result, that is on or over target.
    For a significant tech player Seek tend to be slow to innovate and often end up chasing the rest of the field.
    Values are often talked about, but interpretation can vary dramatically to the point that values are seldom adhered to - particularly by some senior managers.

    Advice to Management

    The company is obviously doing a lot right as its so profitable and delivered strong and consistent growth. Be genuine about really valuing employees and build a friendlier culture. Have the strength to confront managers who are bullying their staff, instead of looking the other way and ignoring some appalling behaviour.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The bubble bursts quickly"

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

    Pros

    On paper this is a great place to work. Seek has great perks and benefits which you can read on the many other reviews. Their new employee induction is great. But once in your team the rest is dependent on your manager. You get to work on exciting projects and participate in hakathons.

    Cons

    The culture can be too relaxed and therefore lacking in professionalism
    Over emphasis, and yet misunderstanding, on what collaboration is, so you end up spending the entire day in meetings
    Senior management is not accountable, does not have a strategy so there isn't direction
    Nothing seems to get done in the B2B marketing department
    Massive undermining and passive aggressive
    Cultural focus on "fun" means it's more like being in a kindergarten than in a multi billion dollar business
    Some senior management promoted way too soon and have become bullies to justify their position
    Direct management not supportive

    Just undertake due diligence before accepting a role at SEEK. Every department is different and can be a dream come true or a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Not everything is perfect, you need to improve and listen to the people who are telling you. The market competition is getting stronger and you cannot have your heads in the sand.


  10. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company. Get to meet a lot
    Of driven people. Melbourne office is great to work at. A lot more passionate people there

    Cons

    Horrible working culture. The company tries to buy you in by giving you heaps of perks but really you're just a another number on a seat.
    Can be a bit of a bullying environment at times. You have the popular kids group.
    Sydney team members are awful. Not really as friendly as Melbourne. Not inviting place to work when I was in Sydney. A lot of favouritism and not as commercial. Very young team there and not as professional. Can be catty at times.
    Heavily drinking culture and a lot of travel required. A bit like a cult.
    Seek as lost their direction in the market and are really trying anything to keep their image strong.

    Advice to Management

    Melbourne office is a great culture. North Sydney office needs to be managed better. The vibe there is shocking. Really immature environment and very off putting. Managers in Melbourne are very passionate but Sydney is under the radar. Attention is needed


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