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Updated Jan 20, 2021

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3.8
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Pros
  • "Fun environment to work in, all the perms here are friendly and approachable(in 7 reviews)

  • "The people here are generally very nice to work with, especially since it is a team based environment(in 6 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "the official working hours are from 830-6pm, i will change your timesheet accordingly(in 5 reviews)

  • "To truly enjoy this job, you have to enjoy a people-oriented, high energy and competitive work culture(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 1.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Misogynistic Boss, horrible culture.

      Jan 20, 2021 - Associate Consultant 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      no pros at all, literally.

      Cons

      - misogynistic boss. sexist culture. Expect female employees to put on heavy makeup if not they should “just go home”. Heavy makeup includes bright red lipstick, insane amount of blush, eyeliner etc. Boss does regular checks on the appearances of employees and gives snide comments and opinions on them infront of the entire office. He shouts at employees “not enough makeup”, “if u want to look like that you should just go home” High heels and dresses/skirts preferred by boss and female employees i have encountered there all try to follow the sexist standards as they are afraid of the boss. - NO comments on appearance given to the male employees. only females. - horrible work culture. OT everyday. if you dont OT, supervisors will express that they think that you are not working hard enough or that you are slacking. - Even if you OT and submit the hours you have worked in the timesheet, supervisors will tell you the standard “the official working hours are from 830-6pm, i will change your timesheet accordingly”, hence not paid for OT at all. - Employees there all competing with each other. A whiteboard with the number of sales made by each employee is in the office for everyone to see. Extremely competitive and toxic culture. Tensions are almost always high when someone makes a sale though everyone is supposed to “clap for them” when they write their sale on the whiteboard. - Boss is great at instilling fear in employees.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Opportunities for Growth, Vibrant Culture

      Jul 19, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Strong Leadership present & one of top Executive Search brand in Singapore. Leaders here lead by example and you will find experienced mentorship and a network of supportive colleagues here. - Personal development here is accelerated, because a high performance culture pushes you out of your comfort zone to constantly improve and do better - be it in candidate management, screening, shortlisting and business development. - Fulfilling career when clients are appreciative of your recruitment work - to successfully close job positions for different companies. - Colleagues are highly enthusiastic, energetic, and a great bunch to hang around with, and work requires close teamwork. Environment and culture is vibrant with many internal company activities ongoing all year round, from Annual DnD performances, Funday, Volunteer project and quarterly sales workshops. Strong people culture here - work hard and play hard!

      Cons

      - This job is not for everyone. Nature of this job is a performance-based, competitive sales environment. To truly enjoy this job, you have to enjoy a people-oriented, high energy and competitive work culture. You must be persistent, hardworking, willing to face challenges and patient. You reap what you sow. If you are aligned with the culture, you will enjoy this job and find it a fulfilling career.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Incompetent Middle Management, Micromanaging Senior Management

      Jul 10, 2013 - Consultant in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Junior Consultants band together, forming great friendships, good rapport and look out for each other in good times and bad. Most are flexible, accommodating and provide greater mentorship than the supposed leaders.

      Cons

      Contrary to the initial picture that the interviewers paint, the environment is restrictive, uncompromising and inflexible. Middle management is unable to cope with the stress that the Senior Management puts on them and in turn take out their frustrations on the junior consultants who are not performing rather than give guidance. Guidance is rarely given from the start, therefore it would be unfair to blame junior consultants on poor results. Middle management adopts a learn-from-mistakes/independence policy, but goes crazy when junior consultants make a mistake. Team based incentives are flawed, commission scheme is flawed and the entire scheme is exploitative by industry standards. Gossip and politicking is high amongst middle management which in turn affects morale and overall work culture of the younger consultants. Certain Senior Consultants are culpable of boot-licking and would do everything to claim credit for whats done right by the more junior consultants (those that have been in the organisation for a year and a half or less). Senior Management will never admit fault and will always blame poor results on upbringing and religion. Ridiculously high turnover rate.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      an exploitative, negative experience with close to zero career growth

      May 31, 2013 - Executive Search Consultant in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - The junior consultants are actually pretty awesome people. They're the kind of people who know how to work hard and play hard. & I guess it's akin to being in an army camp. When you are placed in the same gruelling environment, you become war comrades and hit it off right away. - Young and dynamic culture, where you will always have work on hand.

      Cons

      LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND EXPLOITATIVE CULTURE - One of the major problems was the lack of transparency that makes this company shady. As mentioned below by another ex-employee, the company actually makes you pay for "training fees", despite not actually sending you for any proper courses or engaging any licensed trainers. - Consultants often get short changed on commission. On paper they offer a 3 tier scheme for commission, with the lowest tier being 5%, but I know of consultants who got less than 1% commission due to unexplained "costing" despite hitting their targets. They attribute "costing" to things such as the cost of temps/interns and even overhead costs like renovation. You get your commission only 3 months after you bring in the sales, so if you quit, you won't get a cent of your commission for the last 3 months. - On top of the supposed "training fees", they force you to cough up another 2 weeks to a month's salary if you quit within the first 3 - 9 months. FALSE ADVERTISING ON TRAINING - During the interview, the candidate is promised a proper mentor who will guide him/her through the ropes of recruitment. But as mentioned below, some of the team leaders come in with zero recruitment experience, so it's a case of the blind leading the blind. There are also no proper induction courses and teams operate independently, so if you get an inexperienced team lead/manager, you're on your own. You either go around begging other leaders for help or turn to Google for guidance. IMMATURE & POOR MANAGEMENT WITH LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM - Ridiculous amount of politics. Managers gossip amongst and about each other. When a problem arises involving the junior consultants, managers don't communicate with their consultants to get to the root of the problem. They "discuss" about it amongst themselves about how to "better manage their consultants". The HR manager will tell you that SearchAsia has a very Open culture, but it's really just false advertising. The culture there is very oppressive and top-down, with no proper communication or room for discussion. A lot of brown nosing and micro managing going on as well. POOR WORKING ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE - Overly conservative and strict culture. Ladies are not allowed to wear pants and guys are advised against "girly" colours. Girls are heavily dissuaded from taking part in supposedly "manly" hobbies such as muay thai, and if discovered having such "unlady-like" hobbies can sometimes be given a hard time. Same if they discover that you have tattoos, even if they are in hidden areas like your waist. - New consultants are expected to stay back on a daily basis till as late as 9+pm despite whatever is written on your contract. Even for older consultants, although the working hours state 8.30 - 5.30, no one starts leaving the office till at least 6.30 - 7, even if there is no more work to be done for the day. - Very hard to apply for both paid and unpaid leave, even after confirmation. Consultants who take leave are required to apply for leave at least a few weeks in advance, and have to fill in a leave form citing the exact reason for applying for leave. You will also be reprimanded if you take more than one MC in a month. If you start taking MCs, they become suspicious of you faking illness to go for job interviews. - Management likes playing the blaming game, and treats those who leave the company as betrayers, even if they are not intending to join a competitor firm. The lack of professionalism is so bad that employees would rather tender with immediate effect and pay for the 2 weeks or 1 month's salary, instead of serving their notice. IN SUMMARY: The company fails to deliver any proper training and uses scare tactics to retain their employees. No transparency and communication, with a very oppressive and unfriendly work culture. A lot of false advertising going on, and consultants often feel like they were "scammed" into joining the company. Attrition rate is ridiculously high as a result.

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