I have been working at CDC (Hong Kong) full-time (More than 3 years)
Challenging, dynamic legal challenges that have provided valuable and diverse experience
Company is now in the tail end of Chapter 11 liquidation.
- Exposure to multiple industries
- Provides access to 'C' level executives
- Frequent flier miles, free car rentals, and hotel points
- Per diems allow for savings
-Old software product
-Slow product development cycle
-Lack of structured implementation approach
-No formal training; this is mostly done on the client's site
-Poor usability of product
-Low % of satisfied customers
-Poor senior leadership
-Too much focus on billable hours
-Constant change in senior management
-Very little interaction with senior management
-No mentors for junior staff
-A lot of travel
-Little or no performance feedback
-Limited opportunities for career growth
Advice to Management
-Focus on improving the usability aspect of the product
-Focus on providing the client with true value rather than just 'making the sale'
-Provide good training to employees, not only on the product but also on subjects like people management, leadership, etc
-Create standard implementation methodology
If you like being jerked around and basically treated like a number - go for it.
No strategy, total secrecy of senior management, night of the long knives, total destruction of self confidence and esteem.
There is very little feedback to the staff on what is expected and what is required. There is no discussion of strategy or company direction. In fact there is no telling of staff what the strategy and direction is, there is just an expectation that. Quarterly figures were passed back, and nothing was ever said. It is like working in a vacuum.
Advice to Management
Take a long hard look at yourself. Aquiring companies and then providing no direction or guidelines is a very poor way of growing a business asset.
Constant reliance on management through the quarterly results is not effective. The business needs constant feedback and communication so that it can learn and grow. Sending a bunch of numbers through and receiving no feed back doesn't work.
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