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A.S. Watson Group Reviews

Updated 12 February 2019
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Dominic K. M. Lai
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Pros
  • "Great team spirit in Zurich and regular team building activities" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Fast paced and proactive in change" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Demanding workload, fast-paced environment, wages slightly below industry average" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Regelmatig onduidelijkheden, feedback van teamleiders kan beter" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "e-commerce administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at A.S. Watson Group full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, great benefits, opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Facilities could be slightly better

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    30 Aug 2018 – Comms Manager

    Thanks a lot for your review! We're very happy you're enjoying your time with us. Your feedback means a lot, and we're delighted to hear you're rating our culture, benefits and development... More


  2. "Average and boring"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A.S. Watson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good workforce diversity at work place.

    I can't believe I am saying anything good about HR but actually local HR team are not bad. They are tightly controlled by HK head office but they are trying their best.

    Good location in Battersea, right next to the park.

    HR makes good effort to educate western employees on Chinese culture.

    Cons

    At local senior level company tends to hire on paper credentials but those people turn out pretty average. So you get bunch of fat cats not doing much.

    Managers hire to increase span of control and not because they actually need a resource. As a result, most of the time I had nothing to do. In the end I got bored of being bored, so I left.

    Cheapness and low cost culture is all around you: pay below industry standard, no canteen, no place to have lunch, tight desk space, overcrowded office, cheap Christmas parties and list goes on.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor what senior management does all day. You may be surprised with what you find.

  3. "Great company - a career full of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.S. Watson Group full-time

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Variety of development opportunities
    - Fast pace environment
    - A company with innovation at heart
    - There's always a number of new and exciting projects you can get involved in

    Cons

    Can't think of any so far :)

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    2 Aug 2018

    Hi there and thanks for your review. We're extremely happy you're enjoying your journey with us! We're very proud of our innovative nature and are always glad to hear our people appreciate it it too.... More


  4. "Great company to work for"

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

    I worked at A.S. Watson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Looks after staff
    Good training
    Fun place to work
    Motivated

    Cons

    Heavy workload
    Pay could be better

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    28 Jun 2018

    Hi there and thank you for such a great review! It means a lot to us to hear you enjoyed your experience with A.S. Watson and we would like to wish you all the best in your future career.


  5. "Short Review"

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

    I have been working at A.S. Watson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Multicultural environment
    Great Team
    Fast paced and proactive in change

    Cons

    Hong Kong influence on working environment.

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    23 Aug 2017

    Hi there, and thanks a million for taking your time to leave us a review! At A.S. Watson we’re exceptionally proud of our multicultural nature and international expertise. That’s what makes us... More


  6. "Supportive employer / great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.S. Watson Group full-time

    Pros

    ASW is a fast paced, dynamic and truly international company. It has fully supported both my professional and personal growth and given me a platform to progress in my career. It is people centric and treats its employees fairly and with respect. It's innovative and results driven which provides ongoing challenges and opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Overall very good but could provide greater incentives for long service.

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    24 Aug 2017

    Thank you for your feedback and remarkable rating. We’re extremely happy to hear about your successful journey with us so far, and wish you all the best for the future. Thanks a million!


  7. "Forward thinking, people focused company - great to work for"

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

    I have been working at A.S. Watson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, career progression, good work/life balance promoted, inspirational people, diversity embraced, "work hard play hard" mentality.

    Cons

    Can be a little corporate, not necessarily a "cool" brand to work for (and often unknown in Europe).

    Advice to Management

    Increase brand awareness of ASW (not just their brands). Become more flexible for younger generation.

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    24 Aug 2017

    Thank you for such a brilliant review. We love the fact you’re enjoying ASW’s unique and inspirational culture and you’re totally right – we need to shout More about it!

    To help us increase... More

  8. "Great team, great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.S. Watson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and environment in the London office, very open and honest culture. Senior managers/directors are very busy but approachable. Work-life balance is ok.

    Cons

    Very small teams means less space for growth, there's no place to step away from your desk to have lunch, flexible working could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Rearranging/relocating the office should be considered - it's difficult to focus being stuck at your desk all day, there isn't always time to go out for lunch.

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    20 Jun 2017 – Head of HR Operations (Europe)

    Hi. Thank you for your feedback and review. It's good to see that you mention our great team, senior management and culture of openness as particular positives. We will ensure that your comments... More


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Team, good development and internal promotion and moves. Good culture and always lots to do.

    Cons

    Office facilities aren't up to standard. Could do with an upgrade on refresh of the office.

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    24 Aug 2017

    Hi and thanks for 5 stars! We’re extremely happy you appreciate our culture, team spirit and the breadth of opportunities available at A.S. Watson Group. We’re particularly proud of these aspects... More


  10. "Good company to work! Nice People!"

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

    I have been working at A.S. Watson Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible and cares about employees. Great people. Good collaboration among teams

    Cons

    The turnover rate of employee is very high therefore the promotions in the career is very slow.

    A.S. Watson Group Response

    24 Aug 2017

    Hi there, and thank you for your feedback. At A.S. Watson our values help us shape how we think, feel and act; with focus and care for each other. That’s why it means a world to us seeing these... More