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- Former Contractor, less than 1 year★★★★★RecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
no pros at all, literally.
- 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.Continue reading
- Former Intern★★★★★RecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great teamwork, good leader, helpful colleagues
long working hours, some colleagues are not very sensitive, stressful
- Current Employee★★★★★RecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Convenient location. If you can survive the hectic work environment here, anywhere else will be a breeze. 12 days of annual leave.
1. Compensation and benefits To be fair, base salary is pretty mid tier taking into consideration the commission. Benefits however are below the market average. Only 12 days of annual leave and staff are not covered for medical until their 6 months (sometimes 1 year) probation is up. 2. Infrastructure Minimal infrastructure put in place to ensure a conducive environment for staff. Staff have no pedestals or shelves to put their belongings. Work desks are also small. Employees place their bags on the floor and paper is strewn everywhere on the table. Very unsightly and disorganized. The chairs are also very old and moldy. Instead of buying new chairs for employees, they replace older chairs with used chairs from an old office. 3. Care for employees Through the stingy benefits scheme and poor infrastructure, you can tell how much the company values its staff. They like to boast of profits and how they are in the black compared to others yet they channel zero of these profits back into their employees. 4. Hygiene It’s very unhygienic here. Hardly anyone comes in to disinfect or clean the place. Bins are open and left overnight. It’s no surprise there are cockroaches running and lurking around the office. 5. Working hours Pretty standard contract hours of 8.30 to 5.30 which almost NEVER happens. If you get to leave at 6.30pm it’s probably because of your birthday or a special event. Most employees work till 7pm everyday. Newer staffs are expected to work beyond 8pm. If you do not work late, you will get called out and get publicly shamed during meetings. Saturday is also a working day and employees are also expected to work half day. 6. Culture Being a small company, it’s natural that some people are quite tight knit. There are also a handful of employees who have worked for a couple years. That being said, the company instills a culture of fear, shaming and strict discipline. New employees are not allowed to huddle together for small talks. Managers will question you about other colleagues in an attempt to fish out more information which will be used against you or your colleagues. The CEO will single you out in front of everyone for minor things such as not working over time and taking 2 days of MC. Very uncomfortable and miserable environment. High turnovers, monthly salary deductions, micromanaging and narrow minded management - this combination is a major red flag for anyone who is thinking of joining.Continue reading
- Former Employee★★★★★RecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
No pros to be honest. - The pro(s) thing about this company is they're good at fabricating lies, micromanaging and shaming employees if they don't meet the sales target.
The number of cons for this company infinitely outweighs the pros, though in terms of mathematics, when infinity is multiplied by zero, it is rightfully undefined. But this company violates the rules of mathematics in this aspect because the level of toxicity and poison within the company is beyond human comprehension, humanity and the law of humanity itself. - Firstly, they are good at lying to potential employees in their cunning hiring schemes. Everything promised to new hires was just a fabricated lie, painting only the good side of the picture and clearly not being honest about the harsh reality of the job. For instance, 'Closing one case per month is enough to reach the sales target etc.' How amusing and cunning of you to deceive your new employees. And how unfortunate that you are able to do this again and again to almost every new hire just to meet your own person KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR. Practically lying to everyone so they are seen as 'doing their job.' What a backward and atrocious form of paratism. - Secondly, singling out employees during company meeting especially if one doesn't meet the sales target. This is equivalent to public shaming of that particular individual. Just because you made it to the 'top' does not govern you the right to outrightly shame that individual. It's a new generation of employees. Your old method of "TELL-SHOW-DO" has long been expired. Yes business works on an profit margin. But if you treat your employees with a tight grip, you are only suffocating them. Very soon the company can possibly implode due to the lack of air to breathe. - Followingly, LONG WORKING HOURs. The contract signed by the employees should just be shredded because everything spelt out there is incoherent, trash and just a fabricated lie. The only truth there is that if you leave the company before probation ends, you are required to pay them a month's worth of salary due to training costs. But again, the training provided is utter nonsense and proofs to be equivalent to slavery and micromanagement. - Fourthly, Job adverts. They may market some of the job position as Management Trainee but don't be fulled by the sensationalised job title. It should be changed to MICROMANAGED Trainee instead because that's what will be done to you when you join. No talking to fellow new colleagues because of 'bad vibes.' But the question posed back is, "Why was there a bad vibe to begin with?" Obviously not because of new hires. Rather, the environment existing within the company created that situation. It's a modern form of sweatshop, just in an office setting, or so it seems. There's basically more than 4 cons in working for this company. But i'm not going to waste my time typing out more. Simply because, the company will never changed as the management is just a bunch of cunning fox scheming and scamming their way through. Just to summarise, i'll wrap up based on Glassdoor's ratings. - Potentially has career opportunities if you do well in sales but you'll lead a miserable office life. - No medical compensation till you have cleared probation. Only 12 days of annual leave. - Strictly no work-life balance. - Senior management has outdated management style. - Toxic company culture and values. If you enjoy being micro managed, controlled and closely watched by the HR and bosses, then this is the job for you! But honestly, don't waste your time.Continue reading
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- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★RecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
- 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.
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.Continue reading