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15 English questions out of 15

20 September 2018

How are the career development opportunities at Astra International?

Pros

Great working environment, good career path

Cons

not that i have think of

Great working environment, good career path

20 September 2018

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7 October 2020

What is the feeling of job security at Astra International?

Pros

1. Huge corporation with 8 different industries. You can learn from these different industries, only if your job is related to these 200+ business units. If not, at least you will get quite a lot of option for your future career in the business units (even though the information about internal job posting is often kept secret) 2. You can choose between lots of internal trainings with various topics or concepts. You can also find lots of options for benchmark among 200+ business units, but only if you got the access to the right PIC at the business units. 3. Overly high job security.

Cons

1. Honorable core values, but terrible cultures: having fear to report a failure, having fear of change, being risk avoidance, having tendencies to always put itself as a follower in the market, and lastly turning defensive and self-denial if confronted with something bad within the organization that needs to be improved. This self-denial often relates to the fact that sometimes the very top management is not quite informed regarding any irregularities happen on the operation level, as it is usually got censored by the middle management and the secretarial level. Most of the time, top management only get the information regarding KPI's achievement (80% of which consisted of revenue and profit) 2. Majority of leaders in the organization put themselves only as employees, therefore they are not well equipped with the guts to take decision especially when it is related to deciding on crucial changes, even when it is needed 3. So many loads of concepts and guidance, but in reality they only implement the things that are related to external audit. At many times, you can find that they make lots of guidance and trainings about a certain concept, they even promote this concept to be done across all 200+ business units, they even hold several assessments and internal audits across their business units regarding these concepts. However, when you check, they do no implement or not all of the employee in the head office even know about these concepts. 4. Information mismanagement. So many data and information are managed manually, scattered, unorganized, and sometimes with many redundancy and different version. You will almost definitely find it so hard to get a necessary information to do your job, simply because of overly bureaucratic and complex approval mechanism. Each department will tend to keep everything closed under the term "confidentiality", and when you still need the information, you will have to go through several approval and meeting process just to get through the consideration. An easy example, you can check that even in here, the information of the company's CEO is not yet updated even after the CEO is already replaced by a new person for months. 5. Unclear business model and business process. This condition leads to silo organization with too much internal politics. This unclearness makes the organization structure seems as if it was created only based on political point of view but without a clear flow process and connection between department or function. 6. Overly uneven workload between departments. To put things in perspective, you will find some department spend 12+ hours/day (without overtime pay) for meetings for months, while at the same time there is a department that spend strictly 8 hours/day and even some member who can pursue higher education level or build personal business outside of work. This huge disparity could often get worse because there is some complacency in some department or function. 7. Very low monthly income compared to the workload, especially when you work in those overload departments (due to the uneven workload on the previous point). In the end, people will rely too much on the annual bonus, which is not fixed and totally depends on the company's achievement, and it makes you quite hard to forecast your annual income. What's even funnier is that you cannot get the definitive explanation beyond the nominal of your bonus, as every step of the whole performance appraisal is done behind closed door. Therefore, this condition often times nurture a bad culture of complacency, which tends to promote people to play safe, follow the surroundings, and avoid risk 8. Absurd strategy and decision making. Most of the time, the strategy formulation is done behind closed door, resulting an absurd strategies with unclear definition. And when it is cascaded below, the top management often times only comes up with jargons but without any clear vision of what they want to achieve.

3. Overly high job security.

7 October 2020

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7 October 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Astra International?

Pros

1. Huge corporation with 8 different industries. You can learn from these different industries, only if your job is related to these 200+ business units. If not, at least you will get quite a lot of option for your future career in the business units (even though the information about internal job posting is often kept secret) 2. You can choose between lots of internal trainings with various topics or concepts. You can also find lots of options for benchmark among 200+ business units, but only if you got the access to the right PIC at the business units. 3. Overly high job security.

Cons

1. Honorable core values, but terrible cultures: having fear to report a failure, having fear of change, being risk avoidance, having tendencies to always put itself as a follower in the market, and lastly turning defensive and self-denial if confronted with something bad within the organization that needs to be improved. This self-denial often relates to the fact that sometimes the very top management is not quite informed regarding any irregularities happen on the operation level, as it is usually got censored by the middle management and the secretarial level. Most of the time, top management only get the information regarding KPI's achievement (80% of which consisted of revenue and profit) 2. Majority of leaders in the organization put themselves only as employees, therefore they are not well equipped with the guts to take decision especially when it is related to deciding on crucial changes, even when it is needed 3. So many loads of concepts and guidance, but in reality they only implement the things that are related to external audit. At many times, you can find that they make lots of guidance and trainings about a certain concept, they even promote this concept to be done across all 200+ business units, they even hold several assessments and internal audits across their business units regarding these concepts. However, when you check, they do no implement or not all of the employee in the head office even know about these concepts. 4. Information mismanagement. So many data and information are managed manually, scattered, unorganized, and sometimes with many redundancy and different version. You will almost definitely find it so hard to get a necessary information to do your job, simply because of overly bureaucratic and complex approval mechanism. Each department will tend to keep everything closed under the term "confidentiality", and when you still need the information, you will have to go through several approval and meeting process just to get through the consideration. An easy example, you can check that even in here, the information of the company's CEO is not yet updated even after the CEO is already replaced by a new person for months. 5. Unclear business model and business process. This condition leads to silo organization with too much internal politics. This unclearness makes the organization structure seems as if it was created only based on political point of view but without a clear flow process and connection between department or function. 6. Overly uneven workload between departments. To put things in perspective, you will find some department spend 12+ hours/day (without overtime pay) for meetings for months, while at the same time there is a department that spend strictly 8 hours/day and even some member who can pursue higher education level or build personal business outside of work. This huge disparity could often get worse because there is some complacency in some department or function. 7. Very low monthly income compared to the workload, especially when you work in those overload departments (due to the uneven workload on the previous point). In the end, people will rely too much on the annual bonus, which is not fixed and totally depends on the company's achievement, and it makes you quite hard to forecast your annual income. What's even funnier is that you cannot get the definitive explanation beyond the nominal of your bonus, as every step of the whole performance appraisal is done behind closed door. Therefore, this condition often times nurture a bad culture of complacency, which tends to promote people to play safe, follow the surroundings, and avoid risk 8. Absurd strategy and decision making. Most of the time, the strategy formulation is done behind closed door, resulting an absurd strategies with unclear definition. And when it is cascaded below, the top management often times only comes up with jargons but without any clear vision of what they want to achieve.

Most of the time, the strategy formulation is done behind closed door, resulting an absurd strategies with unclear definition.

7 October 2020

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9 May 2020

How is management perceived at Astra International?

Pros

Good governance, good system and management controls. Team members are smart and talented.

Cons

Typical conventional company with less people oriented leadership and less transparency on career path and performance appraisal.

Good governance, good system and management controls.

9 May 2020

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28 September 2020

Is Astra International a good company to work for?

Pros

Amazing working environment, The company takes a good care of their employee!

Cons

Mostly good stuff, nothing not normal.

Amazing working environment, The company takes a good care of their employee!

28 September 2020

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