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Updated January 5, 2018
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  1. "Great company to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunrider full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a company that is helping people's everyday and I am excited to be a part of it. Because the company is family owned and operated, it feels like you are with family that cares about you and will work with you. Everyone here is friendly and helpful. Owners and managements are always willing to listen to concerns or questions. Great benefits,beautiful garden, museum, and work out facilities for the employees to utilized!

    Cons

    Expectation that everyone work hard and get their work done.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the current path of supporting employees and making improvements where needed.


  2. "none"

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

    I worked at Sunrider part-time

    Pros

    nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Do not have much promotion opportunity.

  3. "Glass Ceiling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Work schedule is set: start early, end early. Overtime is discouraged/not an option, so you don't have to worry about surprise long hours.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for career advancement, unless somebody leaves the company. The owner's don't create a culture of trust in employee honesty/honor. The Chen's severely micro-manage all decisions. Unless you're in a high rank, salary is not enough. Raises, even for employees with strong department manager endorsement, are hard to get approved by the owners.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Make them feel like assets, rather than expendables whom should feel lucky just to be there. Be more forward thinking in corporate strategy.


  4. "These foods brought my body back to balance from liver cancer 36 years ago and has given me up to 10k/ month."

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    Current Employee - IBO in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IBO in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunrider part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As an IBO I have complete control of my hours, my income, and my joy of teaching.

    Cons

    Negative medical doctors trying to push dangerous surgeries and big pharma drugs/chemo; charging hundreds of thousands of dollars instead of advocating foods that heal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on fighting for all of us who care and want SR to achieve the same success here in the USA as China achieved in 6 months!


  5. "Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very beautiful place to work. Chinese art museum and a botanical garden.

    Cons

    Outdated. The company's culture, departments, computers, and employees. They are stuck in the 80's.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Work Envirnment"

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    Former Employee - Customer Relations Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Manager in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work lift balance, nice office with gym for employees. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Controlling atmosphere. Lower than market salaries.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "disorganized and distrustful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Note: Tei-Fu Chen is not the CEO. His wife, Oi-Lin Chen is. They run the company with their kids.

    1: They hire full-time creatives, as opposed to using temps or permalancers.

    2: Good work/life balance - I was rarely there past 6pm.

    3: Reasonable workload.

    4: Friendly coworkers.

    5: Spacious, well-equipped gym on premises.

    6: A short walk from multiple good lunch options - Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese and Cuban food are all nearby.

    Cons

    1: General atmosphere of mistrust - Salaried employees clock in and out, and fill out multiple timesheets, plus there are cameras everywhere.

    2: Big focus on rules - It’s easier to get in trouble for taking a long lunch than it is for producing subpar work.

    3: Not a place for creativity or ambition, just a place to follow orders.

    4: No set process for approving and completing projects.

    5: Management don’t have power of approval.

    6: Run by two generations of a family who rarely see eye-to-eye - projects are often delayed past deadline, shelved, redone to please different family members, or started over after completion.

    7: Based on a sleazy pyramid scheme/direct selling business plan.

    8: Employees have to pay for office parties, yet the owners frequently brag about purchasing luxury hotels.

    9: Feels like a declining empire - a lot of the office is empty, and nothing’s been updated in 20 years (be careful not to get stuck in the elevator when your fingerprint doesn’t scan).

    10: Rigid, conservative atmosphere for employees, but the Founders’ grandkids literally ride razor scooters through the office, screaming.

    11: You probably won’t be assigned to do what you were hired to do (half the Web Dev team does videography), but you may still be criticized for not doing what you were hired to do.

    Advice to Management

    1: Trust your employees - a positive atmosphere will get you positive results.

    2: Move the focus from rules to quality of work.

    3: Don’t confuse being feared with being respected.

    4: Finish projects - set a process for approving and completing them.

    5: Stop changing the business plan and making it difficult for your sales reps to succeed - it makes the company seem untrustworthy.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "QC Microbiologist"

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

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

    Pros

    Good entry position to gain skills for manufacturing

    Cons

    Some other management here have particular personalities that are not necessarily good. My department was relatively low key but other managers are a bit high strung.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Impressive, nice facilities with cafeteria, gym, outdoor garden, skylights, artwork. Staff generally friendly. Decent benefits and 401K. Company in business since 1980s so seems stable.

    Cons

    Conformity valued over creativity. Family members control everything and think they know everything, although they have narrow scope of experience. People seem to get fired and reprimanded for no reason so staff is fearful.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to ideas from staff. Only "mistakes" from staff are pointed out while good work is never appreciated. Be more systematic and logical in approach to projects.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Distributor Services"

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

    I worked at Sunrider full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful building and gardens, meant to impress anyone that comes into the building. . Interesting experience working with distributors of an MLM company, a unique environment.

    Cons

    Pay was not competitive and no room for growth unless you are of the same religion as the owners of the company. Very little reward or recognition on accomplishments.

    Advice to Management

    During the years I worked there I did not find management open to advice from employees and any manager that tried to represent his employees did not last long


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