Star Publishing Reviews

Updated 17 Dec 2020

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  1. "Editor"

    5.0
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Star Publishing

    Pros

    Good Pay Nice colleagues Very realistic expectations

    Cons

    Poor Management Very hard for a promovation

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "If Only I Could Rate 0 Star"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues because we were forced to bond due to terrible management

    Cons

    PLEASE STEER AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY! The negative reviews here are terribly true. If you are like me, thinking "how bad can this company be?", then you better read below and think AGAIN. - Organisational restructuring happens so often till you would question your own job title from time to time. - Pointless long meetings that might span 2-3hours just to listen to Ah Gong stories. Mind you, the meeting's content is not even related to work. Just be lucky enough to not be discriminated because of your weight (etc) in front of your colleagues. - Management is sexist and would look down on degree holders if you made a tiny mistake. Top management will keep haunting and picking on you for days or even weeks just because of one tiny mistake?! I swear NS is better than this. - Dysfunctional family where all of the family members are there to lick big boss's boots. They don't have opinions at all – or they are probably too scared to voice out. Hence, it just means that fear is instilled to keep this company going. - You are expected to reach work and be back from lunch ON THE DOT. Few minutes late and you're unfortunately caught? Be prepared to be scarred for life. That brings me to the next point. - Hostile work environment where excessive yelling and shoutings will lower your self-esteem. Reprimanding when you made careless mistakes is OKAY, but NOT when you are hurled with hurtful remarks such as "no brain". - Staff turnover is horrifyingly high. Hiring then deciding to fire you is a piece of cake to them. Ethics and professionalism is non-existent in the company. I don't usually share such a lengthy post but because of this toxic environment, I think it is best to give a heads up to everyone so that no one will experience the same thing as me. The decision is yours to make now.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't waste your time here because your time as an employee won't be respected"

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Short walk from Commonwealth MRT station with food courts and mini-marts nearby. - If you enjoy production, editing, and research work, you'll constantly learn new bits of general knowledge every day.

    Cons

    - Massive and sudden turnover of staff due to toxic upper management I was hired for a production assistant / editorial role to handle manuscripts for textbooks that were in production. I put in several hours of overtime on multiple weekdays, even coming back during the weekends just to rush a deadline. All of a sudden, one day my supervisor called me into his office and said I was fired — on the spot and with no prior notice. All because of one minor error that I made in the manuscript proofs, and despite all of the effort and contribution that I had put in thus far. I could tell that my supervisor was reluctant to let me go, clearly someone from upper management had forced him to. Human beings make mistakes all the time, and sometimes the best way to learn is through trial-and-error. Of course we do our best to keep these mistakes to a minimum, but if a small error is enough to get you fired, then that speaks volumes about how the management views its staff — we are just disposable assets to be tossed aside and replaced on a whim. I felt compelled to leave a review here because I genuinely do not want any of my future understudies to waste their time at this company. The pay is decent and slightly above the market rate, but you can do better elsewhere. Steer clear.

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    "Rife with problems, you can easily do better elsewhere."

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    Former Employee - Junior Editor in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Location is fairly convenient; a very short walk from Queenstown MRT. Decent (and cheap!) food options surrounding the area. My salary was fairly decent, as well as that of some of my coworkers. However, some of my coworkers were not treated as well despite being more or equally qualified; note that they were female, so perhaps sexism plays a part here. Work-life balance was good for the first two months or so. However, the workload was increased (acceptable and cyclical) while people were quitting without being replaced.

    Cons

    Massive turnover, lack of manpower, and toxic management (some of them). I was the sole person in my role for 9 out of 10 months. In the 10 months I worked here, 15+ people (in an office of 20-30 people) quit or got fired. No dental coverage, and overtime pay is basically non-existent. Leave benefits are the legal minimum. Company direction changes every 2-3 months. Management likes to try new organisational structures or initiatives, then discards them within 3 months, so nothing feels like it matters or is permanent. Some members of management have short tempers and would physically intimidate senior members of the department I was in.

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    "Terrible workplace"

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    Former Employee - Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are opportunities to learn on the job if you can take the harshness of the bosses and prove yourself. Free meals when we need to rush deadlines.

    Cons

    It is a family business that is dictated by the old patriarch of the family. His management style is very much like a dictator, with people he doesn't like immediately kicked out without a good reason. You can expect long meetings (more than 2 hours) with him going on and on about stories in the past and ex-employees he wants to shame, naming and shaming of any current employees he doesn't like, boss playing politics (asking you to write reports about other current employees to know your opinions), HR that is not totally honest (I was cheated of my cpf for 3 months), scolding by bosses because they are stressed, sudden introduction of ridiculous rules etc. Also expect a lot of instances of having to work overtime, sometimes even until midnight or overnight because the management has extremely poor planning when it comes to workload. They will just shove everything down your throat and shout at you when things can't be done due to manpower shortage. And also, because the management treats employees so badly, there is always manpower shortage. and the turnover is very high.

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    "Family ru(i)n company"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time

    Pros

    - A somewhat casual wear - You get to leave on time

    Cons

    - Daily shouting has become a regular showtime - Inefficient communication between managements - Beware of company's dog; appears friendly but sees everyone only as pawns - Get on the boss' bad side just once and they won't stop picking on you until you resign

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    "Family Run Business"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Generous with money, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Micro-management, inefficient leaders, little room for growth

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    "Management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time

    Pros

    Aws, bonus, friendly colleagues, comfortable working environment.

    Cons

    Uneffective communication between management level.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Don’t bother with this company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, eatery directly in front of the building.

    Cons

    If you love to be micromanaged by the boss, this is the place to be. You’ll have fun with two to three hours of meeting every so frequently, tip toe around the boss and keep mum and if you’re lucky, you won’t be reprimanded by him in a day - trick is to keep the boomers happy. If you love yourself, don’t come here.

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    "A waking nightmare of an environment"

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    Former Employee - Publishing Executive in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Star Publishing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly Several nice lunch locations nearby

    Cons

    The big boss is impossible to work with. His management style is to shout at people for long periods of time when he's unhappy, and I never saw him happy. He once told me "A chairman's job is to know how to make people work, not to know how to work" but he doesn't want any feedback from employees, only people who do what they are told and sit quietly while he rambles on. Whole company is there to stroke his ego. The rest of the management are his family so even though they are more pleasant to deal with and open to ideas from employees their main concern is keeping him happy. However, the overall company management style I witnessed was to distrust employees, so everyone spent the same amount of time doing work as explaining and justifying what and why they did to accomplish tasks to management, a massive waste of time. This distrust and the focus on furthering family members also means that unless you share their last name you're very unlikely to advance your career or be taken seriously. Another example of shocking mismanagement of time in the company is that two or three days every week there are large meetings that last 2-3 hours which is just listening to management (usually the chairman) speak. During this time you expected to just shut up and listen and I found that they rarely actually stuck to the point or sometimes even made any sense at all. Management is the main issue with this company despite benefits being slim and the products also not being anything particularly exciting to work on.

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