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  1. "Star review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Star Publications full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Good place to learn all about media.

    Cons

    Management does not value good workers, preferring to reward those who can't do the job, just because they are good apple polishers.

    Advice to Management

    Value your good staff. Get to the real reasons why good staff leave. Do not promote people who can't do the job.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "It's a huge ship with many holes within."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've been in the company for 5 years. One sided view of moving government propaganda to public. A little bit better now as they went through bad times when public boycotted them but in the end it's still a company owned by MCA which reports back to Barisan Nasional. Lotsa flexibility as people here don't really take work seriously. Screw up things and it's fine as they will repeat the same problem over and over again proven with track record.

    Cons

    As long you have the correct strings attached you can sail far even if you're just an empty vessel. It's fine as long you talk the talk the bosses wants to hear and never go against it even if it's wrong. With time on your side, you'd slowly move up.

    Advice to Management

    This is a business which eventually needs to sun set and yet the management is not taking steps to garner other streams of income. There is steps taken to move to digital which hires much more useless top management which brings along their own people and going round circles again and again. I think they sure do enjoy merry go round rides especially those board members. Nokia did nothing wrong and yet they failed tremendously while this company did everything wrong and waiting for things to change better. The world is changing fast and competition is strong. You don't have to do anything wrong (which this case you're doing everything wrong), as long as your competitors catch the wave and do it right, you lose out and fail.


  3. "It is who you know in the upper management and not what your talent is. Best play "dumb" and you go far"

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    Former Employee - Editorial in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Editorial in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Star Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good place for retirement but no growth as opportunities are rare. Literally you can get away with murder for most senior management staff. Abuses are so rampantly seen.

    Cons

    Most senior and old staff do not have qualification and they are real stumbling blocks to the company as they are no longer relevant

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of the lower rank staff. They are the ones to be rewarded. Senior editorial staff are enjoying all perks & benefits but the juniors work their butts out! These bosses think and behave that the company belongs to them as no one watches them.
    They are the "dead" wood causing the company to slide.


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  5. "Good place to retired not for personal growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Star Publications full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people and good facilities. Having the company's name on your cv will boost up your chances moving to a better place later

    Cons

    Full with dinosaurs ( old retired and not qualified people) refusing to leave. Management likes to give the impression to keep up with trend and innovation ways of business but having a hard time to maintain the projects which most of the department/section will close down after 1 - 2 years of operations.


  6. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Writer in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Writer in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great working environment to be in.

    Cons

    Poor engagement at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Increase engagement


  7. "An Outdated Environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Star Publications full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits such as medical and allowances. Given opportunities to write on any relevant interest. Stable company.

    Cons

    Boring environment, as a media company The Star head office seems like a very dull corporate environment. Very traditional concept, office is quite rundown and old. People are not friendly. Very tough for newbies to blend in with current seniors. Some senior news editors are arrogant. Lots of politics and backstabbing. Quite normal for media company though. Not recommended for fresh grads to start here. I've seen editors taking advantage of young writers. No proper training and seniors are very bossy. Plus basic pay for fresh grads with degree is quite low compared to other media companies.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from any media companies such as Astro. Look at their HQ. Its so vibrant and modern. So inspiring. Even Maxis revamped their environment to cater to the younger workforce. The Star office environment is so outdated. Very old fashioned and not attractive to Gen Y. Give basic training or induction for new staffs. HR must buck up! Media companies must be fun and vibrant not dull and dry.


  8. "Great work life balance; maybe a little too much."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company values career development, they will allow to go off all sort of trainings. They certainly practise work life balance. You really do to leave work on time it's what they practiced for the last 4 decades.

    Cons

    Too much work life balance could be a bad thing. The company vision is there, the mission is there, the values is also there, but no action plan being executed. You know the saying, walking the talk? Well, they don't. They really don't enforce at all. There's this two halves that never seems to coincide one another; the print and the digital platform don't ever get to see eye to eye. The current CEO understands the importance of digital and print needs to be as one, but never drive it hard!

    Advice to Management

    CEO, please get your HR in order; and think strategically, HR is the backbone to support the business. Identified talents within and / or hire some. People who left were or are talents. You failed time and time again to recognises all those late joiners are in fact top talents that has made millions of dollars which your top management has neglected.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Productive employees are always given more work and not appreciated"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Journalist in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Given freedom to generate meaningful stories based on human interest topics and current issues.

    Cons

    Management refused to recruit more employees yet create more workload for the existing ones. Unequal job distribution.

    Advice to Management

    Cherish the hard and smart workers, and weed out those who do not perform and spend hours sucking up to their bosses.


  10. "Conservative, but looking forward to the future"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Star Publications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Influence of the company in the national media landscape is large, so everyone understands their efforts can impact the national thinking. Benefits are good. Editorial employees learn a lot and tend to stay with the company for the long-term.

    Cons

    Salaries are not as competitive as similar companies in the nation/region. Links to national political parties can sometimes affect perception of bias and credibility. Harder for executives to climb the career ladder with senior managers staying in their posts for many years.

    Advice to Management

    Improve succession planning processes. Share long-term plans with employees from all across the board at all levels. Disengage from trying to please political patrons.


  11. "A great place to work..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are open to ideas and there is very little to no bureaucracy

    Cons

    Always be on your toes


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