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Updated August 7, 2017
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Pros
  • The company is the most popular company in China (in 18 reviews)

  • Good working environment and enterprise culture (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is a challenge (in 16 reviews)

  • Big Company issues and obstacle of the collaborate in different department (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tencent full-time

    Pros

    Great products like Wechat and QQ.

    Cons

    Product oriented culture is good but not best.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good place to work, but difficult if you don't speak mandarin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tencent full-time

    Pros

    Really excellent benefits
    Most employees are kind and sensible people
    Nice office in a good part of town
    Good salaries
    High quality random swag gifts
    Opportunities to travel abroad

    Cons

    Working in the US office is extremely difficult if you don't speak Mandarin. You may feel socially excluded and depending on your department, you may be cut off from certain kinds of career advancement opportunities
    Some departments in the US office have, in the past, been grievously misused by management in China. Despite its good investments in videogames and tech, Tencent in general does not have a strong strategy for actually doing business in the west and will often start and stop projects in the US at the drop of the hat. This can be a major career blocker for the western employees assigned to those projects
    Some of the management in China seems fundamentally unsuited to managing employees in the US. This includes American-born management working in China.
    Some employees in China tend to ignore work done or recommendations given by employees in the US, particularly if those US employees do not speak Mandarin
    Once you get off the high of getting a cool trip to a foreign country, you may become exhausted by demands to travel to China over and over again, particularly at times of the year which are sensitive to US employees but not Chinese employees. For example, they may ask you over and over again to spend several weeks in China at the end of December
    While US HR obeys US labor laws, the departments in China do not seem to have many of the protections we have and you may find yourself in some awkward situations if you go over there and visit. However the biggest harm you are likely to experience is to your sense of self-respect at being associated with a company that does this kind of shit-- in general, I was treated very respectfully
    Throughout Tencent, disruptive reorganizations are common and it is likely that your job or task will change frequently, often before you are able to make any big successes for yourself. Because this is ubiquitous in the company however it is not exactly a career blocker

    Advice to Management

    Take US office more seriously, treat the goals and job growth of employees there with more respect

  3. "A very good company"

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    Former Employee - Chief Scientist
    Former Employee - Chief Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the working environment is very nice and comfortable

    Cons

    sometimes a little bit stressful


  4. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tencent full-time

    Pros

    Welfare is really excellent, feel warm.

    Cons

    Hard, hard working. No personal life.


  5. "Game Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tencent part-time

    Pros

    Young, vivid, benefit, care, happy

    Cons

    Need to raise up the average game quality

    Advice to Management

    Make a better game with patience


  6. "Sports Jounalist"

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    Current Employee - Video Journalist
    Current Employee - Video Journalist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tencent part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a part time job so time is flexible. Tencent is a large company. So if got a job here, it means you have more potential and option in the future if you wanna change a job.

    Cons

    Low paid for part time job.


  7. "Sr. Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tencent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    it is a open culture, co-worker is great.

    Cons

    It depends on the team leader who you follow is fair or not.

    Advice to Management

    It is more and more bureaucracy

  8. "Great company and culture"

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    Current Employee - Compensation and Benefits Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Compensation and Benefits Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Tencent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    typical IT culture; innovative, open mind and flexible;

    Cons

    still working on developing international business


  9. "Good place to grow and learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. add employee care 2. excellent culture 3. with great admin support

    Cons

    1. it is a big company, so you can not learn and work on everything.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not a good employer in the US"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tencent full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, great benefits, competitive pay and people in the US

    Cons

    China HQ is out of touch with reality. They want people in the US to do things that are not legal and after carefully explaining the issues, HQ management says you are not cooperative and penalizes you.

    There is zero growth opportunity in the US office; it's far too small and treated like a step-child.

    They want to expand in the West but won't commit like they are too afraid to fail. They hire very bright leaders in the US (because they are the experts on the US markets and products) to build up products/platforms for the West but then won't let them implement their plans - China says they know better and makes them do things their way in the end. Additionally, they won't commit to hiring a full western team and require the US managers to utilize resources in China.

    Advice to Management

    Let the US experts do their jobs.


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