Works Applications Employee Reviews about "singapore"

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Pros
  • "Flexible working hours (depends on the team)(in 21 reviews)

  • "Good for beginners, high salary(in 21 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Communication barrier exists sometimes between Singapore and Japan(in 10 reviews)

  • "Working hours can seem to be pretty long some times(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice place for refresh graduates

      Aug 11, 2020 - Software Engineer in Singapore
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      Pros

      Flex working hour, new technology being used.

      Cons

      Communication barrier exists sometimes between Singapore and Japan

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A brand everyone should run away from!!

      Apr 10, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      There are no pros in this company.

      Cons

      Though this company calls itself a global organization but is not so in any manner. All the higher positions are mostly occupied by native members, despite they knowing very little about the tech or business flow. In fact, some are a liability to the company. Without prior knowledge they force the subordinates to work on tasks and makes them change the product at the last moment. Some of the managers do not practice to take charge in case of a failed product and accuse their subordinates. Though some of the senior members(managers) have less/zero idea about certain projects, they do not take the effort to learn anything new. To save themselves from having an ill reputation, they pressurize their subordinates and make their life difficult beyond imagination. Their evaluation system is one of the worst system to evaluate employees. They evaluate based on who can appeal more by talking and show-off rather than work. Once they form an opinion about an employee, they do not change their minds despite the hard work put.Neither do they give good advice to members for improvement nor do they support them. Communication GAP is HUGE. It is not just the language barrier. Instead they have a mind barrier where they do not communicate openly. The management makes false promises to the employees and one fine day fires them. Some current employees are on the verge of depression. This company has drained off the funds initially and now to cut cost are firing foreign employees. It does nothing to deal with so many undeserving old native employees. Initially they did mass hiring, then they did mass firing-but just for foreigners. Because of terrible knowledge transfer, bad management, unskilled senior employees some of the products have become a mess. Due to decreasing funds and "No Firing" policy in Japan, the native employees in Singapore are also safe. The foreign employees are at their mercy. Despite many appeals from foreign employees, the management pays no attention for the improvement of the work culture. Life is hell here and the management condition is beyond repair.

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    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      You will HATE working here--Please read all the reviews

      Nov 9, 2017 - R&D Engineer in Singapore
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      Pros

      This 'Pros' section does not make sense for this company. There is only one Pros - Helps to ruin and destroy career aspirations of many.

      Cons

      High firing rates. Firing engineers and even new joiners without any reason. To some newbies, they even hired some already working employees of other Singapore companies, and then laid them off within 3 months. No work-life balance. Bad management. Especially Indian managers have a superiority complex and bossy nature which they have picked up wrongly from the Japanese background. No manager shows up on time when dealing with employee scheduled meeting. Except a few, everyone gives reason that they are very busy, but in reality no one is busy there. They are just busy playing games and poking nose in others' work. For those who say salary is high - it is, but not helpful in long run. High salary is because of bonus and AWS. The basic salary is still not high. When applying for other jobs in Singapore, perspective employers only consider basic pay. So it does not provide any edge for new career opportunities. No clear vision or motivation. They pose as if they are very innovative and out of box. But in reality they are not.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      R&D Engineer at Works Applications

      Sep 3, 2017 - R&D Engineer in Singapore
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      Pros

      - Very high salary for beginners - Opportunities to resolve complex issues - Able to transfer to overseas offices - Talented individuals can grow professionally within the company

      Cons

      - Most Japanese managers are not very good - A lot of developers outside of Singapore / Shanghai are very inexperienced

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not a place for you if you want to advance your career

      Sep 14, 2017 - Software Engineer in Singapore
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      Pros

      - Provides higher pay then the market average for fresh graduate - Has flexible working hours - Supports Employees in moving between departments (you have to raise requests because they also move you around).

      Cons

      Bear with me, this is gonna be a long list, but it's worth every minute reading. - Delusional board members: CEO, COO and every board members, high management personals believe (or at least that's what they want to show) that the company is the most innovative in the world, that the company can do impossible things that nobody can achieve with absolutely no backing evidence of any great product. They constantly remind employees once a month that they are the top notch on the market, that our engineers are better than those at top tech companies . - Incompetent managers: Most managers don't have good management skills. Some of them got promoted to be manager just after 3 years of being engineer from entry level. With lack of both technical and management knowledge, they could not make critical decision in how to proceed with the project. Almost all projects (I would say 90%) could not meet the deadline. - Reluctant to change: As the company follows the "Seniority" culture of Japan, you have to ultimately respect your supervisors; i.e, you cannot point out their mistakes. It also takes a tremendous amount of effort to convince your manager/VP to make some changes, even if they are obvious. It takes us half a year to convince them to convert from using SVN to Git. Their reason is "I don't know how to use Git, therefore I will not use it, and so wouldn't you". - No real system architect: They don't hire any expert to design the architecture of the system (There is no such position). As the result, engineers have to take the task and come up with terrible designs, which cause a lot of mess in current development. During some iterations, the entire Jenkins and GitLab keep failing because of incapability of CI. - Not following industry standard: With most employees do not have CS background, instead of using UML and other standards of Software Development, they decided to put everything in spreed sheets. Without a unified format for those spreed sheets, it is impossible for engineers/managers to communicate. It might take up a lot of meetings in order to sort out a simple problem. - Love reinventing the wheel: There is a huge team recreating a lot of technologies despite there are plenty of mature ones on the market. By using those, development time increases by a significant amount. However, the top management does not really care and you have to follow whatever in the road map, which is possible and better without using those frameworks. An example is that there was demand from engineers to use a newer version of Kafka for new features. Instead of doing that, they decided to recreate those features by themselves, which quality is not even close. - Pay no attention to system performance: Although the original intention is to achieve 100 ms in every services, they did not carefully evaluate the overall performance. Without experienced engineers to do code review, bad codes incrementally added up that ruin the whole system. There is completely no stress test. Although the system is distributed, engineers and QE normally only test as the system runs on a single machine. - Politics, a lot of politics: How you advance in you career is not decided by your talent and contribution but rather depends on your relationship with your boss. Your boss's decision is the one and only one that will affect your evaluation. All your teammates and colleagues' good words do not matter. - Poor evaluation system: No matter how much you contribute to the company, you will be "rewarded" the same as the one who spent whole day watching YouTube or playing Chess. If you wonder what is the "reward", it's fixed bonus specified in the contract, and it is expected to decrease year by year due to the inflation of the Japanese yen. Even after getting promotion, that does not guarantee a pay raise. An "A" rated engineer (best evaluation result) did not not get any salary raise while one with "C" (bad evaluation) did get 4% (It did happen). - Wasteful use of employees: They do frequently restructure the organization of all departments (probably once a year). During the process, a lot of bad job allocation happened. E.g, assign engineers to do feature documentation, consultant to do coding, UI designers to do CI. Their philosophy is everyone is the same, and anyone can do anyone's tasks. - Recruitment: Somehow, they believe it is a good idea to recruit 1000 new graduates with no background of computer science/coding to become engineers (happens mostly in Japan). As the consequences, a large percentage of existing engineers can't even produce proper codes. "As long as they love the company and believe in our philosophy, they will overcome any obstacles", said a VP. - Career path: what career path? there is none. After being engineers for couple of years, you will automatically become manager, and steer away from tech to management, no other choices. After that, you have to attend meaningless meetings and write useless reports. - The company is struggling: Business is worse than ever (You can try to look for their financial report). They are basically surviving base on "Japanese use Japanese product" principal. Even that is slowly turning away from them. Recently they are cutting down people and slowing down the hiring process. - Good people are leaving: While the company is laying off people, some are leaving on their own as well. Almost all good engineers I know already left the company ( only a couple people from my batch are remained and I believe they will leave ASAP). - Office is over crowded: In Singapore, there are about 500 people working in 1.5 office floors in Solaris. These offices were designed to hold about 100 people per floor. The toilets cannot handle that large amount of needs. To sum up: If you want an easy and chilling job with high pay, this might be the place. If you want to learn, to become a better engineer, Works Apps is certainly not what you are looking for.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Don't Trust this company

      Nov 15, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Salary is just more than the average salary in Singapore or Tokyo.

      Cons

      I had the interview in October 2016 through our campus placements. During our interview, the job offered was RnD engineer in Singapore. But later just before a month of joining they changed the job role and location to Tokyo. We had a webinar about the STM(training) process in which they told 80% of the employees will be fired after in the training period.

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Declined the offer

      Oct 20, 2017 - Research and Development Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      No pros as the management is worst

      Cons

      Changes all of a sudden: Changed the location from Singapore to Tokyo Changed the work profile and role Lowered Salary as compare with Singapore

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    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Unprofessional behavior with no response from management

      Aug 25, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      I really don't know anything.

      Cons

      I am one among a group of around 50+ students who got placed in Works Applications last year(2016 Dec.) from various IITs/NITs, etc. First, they delayed our joining date till October. Now, they have changed several terms in offer letter: 1) Location which was earlier Singapore has been shifted to Tokyo. 2) They have suddenly decided to close two out of the their three divisions including a) Software Development and b) QA & Testing. due to which they have decided to increase the difficulty of the STM (training they provide in India for 3 months) and will terminate anyone with grades (B, C and D) after the training. Earlier, they used to terminate only people with D grade after STM. This is resulting in terminating about 75% of the employees (as they mentioned themselves) after training as compared to only 10% last year. They also mentioned that they may even terminate everyone in the worst case. At last, they have also asked us to leave the company before hand by taking the compensation for 1 month in case we are not satisfied with the above changes in the offer. We find these practices of the company rather unprofessional and would everyone in India to stay away from them.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee

      WORST COMPANY EVER

      Aug 19, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      There are NO pros at all.

      Cons

      I was selected for R&D Engineer role at Singapore. I said No to two reputed companies to join WorksApp. At last month when my Joining was about to happen, they change the location and role as well as expectations in STM(Training period). They will fire 80% of people after STM period.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Transition Stage

      Apr 16, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Get special ability on business are. High salary compare to other Japanese company.

      Cons

      Hard work. Miss communication between Singapore, Japan and Shanghai.

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