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Gas Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Industry: Oil & Gas
Head Office Address: No. 5, Jalan Serendah 26/17, Seksyen 26, Peti Surat 7901, 40732 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: 03–5192 3000

Gas Malaysia views itself as an energy distribution company, specifically Natural Gas. In Malaysia NG is primarily consumed by the industrial sectors. We do supply to residential and commercial entities but are mostly not as significant as our industrial customers which probably made up of 98% of our revenue. Sometimes supplies to non-industrial would incur losses but GMSB will have to absorb the cost and viewed it as a nation building effort.

This is roughly how GMSB do business. We'll tap our gas from Petronas (PGB) transmission lines, these transmission are huge pipes that ran from Kerteh to Gemas. And from there branch south to Johor and north to Kedah. Then we would lay our pipes into industiral areas or towns, depending on where the demands are. When a customer request for gas, if the investment to lay pipes will return back to GMSB in less than 10-15 years, the pipes will probably be laid.

GMSB has 4 main dept. Mainly 1)Operations and Maintainance, 2)Technical (engineering & constructions), 3)Marketing & support and 4)Finance. In terms of man power we are about 350 strong at GMSB spread all over Peninsula at our HQ and numerous branches.

Typical fresh graduates with technical background would start with a salary of 2800. I am not sure if that includes technical allowance or not, they are $400 until they reached senior executive level (tech allowance: $800). Uniforms and safety gears are given every year but its not compulsory to wear the uniforms, safety equipment are necessary though when at work site.

Benefits wise, for an exec are decent. $400 dental coverage per year (includes family). Medical coverage of critical illness is pretty good, i havent heard anyone being denied so far. Pregnacy checkup are covered (after 1st trimester), deliveries is covered up to $3000 for execs and $2500 for non execs. And if I am not mistaken medication coverage during birth is covered full for mom & babies. (figures not exact)

Work environtment is good, you'd get all the trainning and tools needed to do your job. People are for the most part friendly and proffesional. Not that you won't come across a few jerks, but its really nothing anybody cant handle.

Infrastructure wise: Theres ample covered parking space available even if you are not management types, you just need to be abit early to get them but not to a point that it become a competition. We have wi-fi for mobile devices and restricted internet access.

For the sport lovers GMSB boast a small but fully equiped gym which are so popular now days that there even people crazy enough to go during lunch hours. We have a very active sports club that will spoil you every months and it activities ranges from go-karts, paintball, golfs (most frequent), scuba diving to the more traditional games like soccer, bowling & badminton matches. Plus on your birthday GMSB gives you complementary dinner vouchers for 2.

Performance is rewarded with a huge bonus, example in 2008 the average worker gets 6 months bonus (these depends year to year) but those that do well got 9 months. Personally I never gotten less than 4 months. So overall we all loves our February bonuses, its hard to get but its worth putting effort into.

Increments on average goes from 6%-7% per year unless you get promoted which gives you about 15% increase to your basic wage. Generally it takes 3-4 years for an engineer to progress from grade to grade (max 3 grades: Senior Engineer), so that it probably takes your 7-8 years to reach senior grade. We've had 1 salary adjustment in 2007, which gave 20% -70% increament to all staff, with the lowest salaried folks getting most of the pecentage increase. Because of the salary adjustment and introduction to tech allownaces, I have no idea what salary each grades start at except the entry level salary mentioned earlier.

I am not seeing much movement once a person reaches management level except pay raise since responsibility remains the same, maybe the expectations is higher from the top management to these people although their responsibility levels off somewhat. Some senior engineers also commented that there isn't enough room for them to break into management, so they end up having manager level pay but they still do the same engineering scope. I guess that not really a big deal, unless we are talking about salary being capped.

In 2006 GMSB recorded revenue reaching 1 billion, I remember that day because all the staffs were given $3000 Tag Heuer wrist watches to celebrate the occasion. Even receptionists got them.

Contributed by: Anonymous


Franchise: McD, KFC, 7-11 ... etc

aku pernah keje mase semester break ;

1. kat 7-11 -> sehari rm18 kot seingat aku. Kalo public holiday kene keje, gaji triple. Ini zaman end of 90s...hopefully, sekrg gaji dah naik.. sian, keje penat jugak...(tapi aku tak favour keje sini, coz sini ade jual arak le)..isy..nyesal pun ader.....sib baik, shift pagi xde org beli...aku pompuan, bos x kasik shift mlm.... Sape shift mlm siap le...huii...

2. Mcd --> sejam rm3.50 gitu le kot. pas tu, ade potong epf...sebulan mmg ciput, tp utk student mase cuti ok la...dpt le duit utk belanje mase start sem nanti. Tak yah nak harapkan parents...Makan free la sekali sehari...

tu je kot yg aku ingat....yg paling penting ialah pengalaman....


Perodua ( Rawang)

Industry: Automotive
Address: Lot 1896, Sungai Choh Mukim Serendah,48000 Rawang Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-6928888

Working in Perodua was a great experience that I would never forget! I was able to feel and see on how much I have grown in 3.5 years I was there.

First, I should clearly mention here, Perodua is just a government’s step-daughter company. So, never expect government will treat the company same as their lovely ugly daughter – Proton. I think this is the main reason why Perodua is more successful compared to Proton. Furthermore, these make the management more careful to decide company direction, and had chosen Daihatsu Japan as their partner.

I totally salute the Perodua management on how they drive the company. They keep enhancing company’s manufacturing capability before entering to next step (self-design). They have a very good control in their quality by asking Daihatsu & Toyota’s help. They managed to get Avanza to be assembled in Perodua last 3 years. As you know, Toyota is a company that never compromises any quality issue, and for sure they don’t want their sub-con company to destroy their reputation by producing proton-like car. Good for the company, but it would lead you to work in a conducive “hellish” environment.

The official working hour is 8.00 am to 5.45pm. But, remember you have to “taiso” (morning body-stretching) on 7.50 am. This is compulsory (you may get warning notice for that). And, your boss (plus “black-hearted” other dept. bosses) would stare on you when looking you punch your time out at 5.45 pm. To “play-safe” you better go back at 6.30 pm. And, don’t ever dare to dream that you can easily get out from the factory on working hours! You better get your manager’s approval before you want to go to bank, post office etc. (and you must know how difficult it is...) Why? Because you can be dispelled from the company if caught not bringing the time-off pass! This is very hard to newcomers. But, if you are there for a couple of years, and always do things that cover-up your boss’s butt, you won’t have any problem to get the time-off pass.

I would say that micro-manage is a normal practice for most of the managers. They want to know in each in every detail on what you are doing. They do care on the result, but they also seem very eager to know on how you do it. Especially, when you are dealing with the project that involves such a big sum of money (usually more than RM 20K). Even GM level will “try” to involve in selecting the contractor (you know what I mean huh?). But I believe it’s not as bad as proton. Because, in my experience dealing with quite numbers of vendor & contractor and I usually asked their opinion to compare the “ways” on winning the project in Perodua VS Proton. And they said that, when dealing with Proton, they usually should have to ask the bank’s account number of the project-key-persons (and again, you got what I mean huh?).

The benefit? Yeah… Let me talk about the best thing of Perodua. Based on my experience, I enjoyed 4.5months bonus on my first year, 5.5 months on 2nd year and 6 months on my 3rd year working there. Based on current situation, I believe they still enjoy at least 4.5 months bonus for average-ranked employee. If you are engineer & above, don’t worry on the medical benefit. They cover 100% of your family unlimited for panel clinic. RM200 per year for dental. 100% coverage when you/your family admit to the private hospital. RM1500 can be claimed when your wife deliver your baby by caesarian, even your wife is not working there. And you pay ZERO, naaadaaa ….. for that benefit. You don’t have to buy any extra insurance premium, everything are sponsored by Perodua. Perodua also contribute 15% for your EPF employer contribution portion.

Career path? That’s one of the reasons why I left Perodua. For me, the ONLY way to precede your career is to go for management staff. No other path!! And believe what, 90% of the managers are relatively young! (30-45 years old). If you want to replace them, you need either to wish them to be promoted, or else you have to kill them! Believe me, they won’t quit Perodua easily (without any strong reason), because they receive tremendous benefit (they even get more bonus compared to us).

Population? Let me say 95% malays, 4% Chinese & 1% Indian & others. From my observation, Perodua is not racist in selecting their employee. I experienced seeing newly hired Chinese engineers resigned within their 3rd months of services. They themselves couldn’t stand on Perodua high expectation.

How do I populate Perodua employee?
(1) Try to be Kaki Bodek but ignored by manager (10%).
(2) Successful kaki Bodek which usually get high speed promotion & good review (3%)
(3) Hardworking (20%)
(4) Try to make people to see them as hardworking (but they still do what need to be done) (40%) – Me actually in this type!!
(5) Try to make people to see them as hardworking (but do nothing – cakap kosong) (10%)
(6) Bosses that try to find mistake of other division (especially on the people attitude) and they will highlight in their weekly meeting, condemning the respective managers (12%)
(7) Bosses & engineers that usually “makan” while dealing with contractor (26%)
(8) Stupid managers (2%) – this is because you have to be good enough (in term of knowledge in automotive industries).

So, what good experiences or knowledge enhancement could you expect?
(1) Time punctuality (either working hours or meeting attendance).
(2) To be the person who able to work in long hour plus high pressure. (I even experienced by just able to take my nap in meeting room, and continuously working for 3 days).
(3) You want to know how Japan’s factories control their cost, by eliminating “Muda” (waste). Here is the place!! Perodua is the ONLY Malaysian company certified as “100% successfully implement the TPS (Toyota Production System”. This honor was given by Japanese government!! This TPS usually known as Lean Manufacturing in most other companies.
(4) You want to feel the real TPM (Total Preventive Maintenance)? And you select the correct place to practice that. They even upgrade the TPM acronym, from Total Preventive Maintenance to the Total Productive Maintenance. They not only prevent the problem from happen, but they have to able to predict what kind of possibilities of problem, and prepare the backup plan or shut the problem possibilities from its root (this is call “kusanone”).
(5) Don’t bullshit perodua’s staff on all of the term of PDCA, Ishikawa diagram, project ROI, Time study, line balancing etc… even the operators can explain & practically give you example on how to do that!!
(6) Training? Don’t worry. Most of the engineers are pushed to “be” as operator on their first two months. You will be placed in each “station” and assemble the components just like other operators. And on next day, you will be transferred to other station and master new skills. The in-class training is too seldom. Nearly ZERO external training. But, you have great chance to travel to Japan (Daihatsu) for the extensive training (1-3 months). I believe, 70% of Perodua’s engineer experienced going to Japan for training, and more than 20% of them go to Japan for more than 3 times. That time, you’ll receive 8000 yen per day allowance (approx RM250) per day, while getting your salary as usual.
(7) IT? As an engineer, they will provide you a PC with your e-mail account setup. NO external internet here. E-mail to/from outsider also carefully filtered by IT dept. You should only expect to get/send only 70% of your message to the outsider especially when you attach some file in your e-mail. They seldom raise/discuss the issue through e-mail. You got something to say? Just call a meeting! That is the procedure.
(8) Smoking? Its heaven to smoker and hell to non-smoker. They even smoke in the meeting room (Japanese style).
(9) Less paperwork. Just do simple proposal paper & schedule, and present it in the meeting. That’s enough.
(10) Multi tasking. There is no specific task for you. Be prepare! Your boss just assign any task to you based on your availability, and not your capability/experience. But they still consider pairing you to more senior in bigger projects.
(11) If you are good enough (knowledgeable in TPS), they may send you to the vendors, counter-part or even Daihatsu & Toyota to audit them.(Across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand & Japan)

What I hate most about Perodua?
(1) As usual, cronyism.
(2) Interrupt of “makan” bosses when choosing the contractor.
(3) You don’t even know the price of what you assemble. Everything is confidential.
(4) Lack of external training.
(5) Lack of girl (95% of the workers are man – that’s why they refer themselves as manpower?? Haha..).

In overall, I would rate Perodua as 8/10 for fresh-grad, and 6/10 for people who seek for career advancement & worklife balance. I should say that, the longer you are there, the less chance for you to be able to jump to other company. Because Malaysia does not have that many choices for automotive-related factory. Do you want to go to Proton? Forget it. If you choose Gurun’s Naza Motor, you may find that most of their managers are ex-perodua which is losers (orang buangan)!

Contributed by: Mat Selamat


Shell (Malaysia)

Industry: Oil & Gas
Address: Human Resources Dept, Bangunan Shell Malaysia
Damansara Heights, Changkat Semantan, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2095 9144

Below is a website that I found for Shell Malaysia that was created by 2 Sarawakians. It's purpose is to act as a discussion forum for current and former Shell employees. However, the latest update end in 2006. They have a lots of articles mostly on employees issues brought to them by Shell. And the most interesting facts is that Shell issues High Court “Summons in Chambers” targeted against the co-owner/publisher of this website. Quite an interesting reads if you have time to go through all the materials.

A link below provides case study for Shell Malaysia by ACCA on 2002.

Below is some comments from a Shell employee:

"Shell prides itself with its decision making process that is based on consensus. It is not a top down organisation such as ExxonMobil. It listens to its employees and discussion is made before decisions are made. Downside is decisions take time.

Show that you are a team player and provide evidence of you working in a multicultural environment. At the moment, there are 15 nationalities in my office and we need to be receptive and understanding of foreign cultures.

Although it is Angle Dutch, it also allows other nationalities to progress in their career as long as you are good in your job. It definately is fair in this manner. Another reason to join Shell if you are not Dutch, British or American.

I enjoy the transparency in the company dispite the recent bad publicity. Employees are encouraged to speak their mind. The basic salary is RM3500, which is much much more when compared to Petronas. After 3-4 years, you might earn rougly around 6K. After 7 years, possibly 10K. Shell is also flexible if you want to move to other locations.

I have enjoyed working in Shell and i hope you will enjoy it too.

Like big organisations, it will take long to progress to the top. Competition to progress to the next level is tough becuase there are lots of smart people who are well rounded. The company is biased towards technically competent personnel (an advantage if you have a solid technical background). It is also bureaucratic. Hence, I would say that the promotion is very slow, you will need at least 15 years of experience if you want to become a manager.

SGSI is definately a great place to work."

Good luck!

A happy Shell Employee"

Contributed by: Rich-adi



Industry: Oil & Gas, Consultation, Water Services
Address: 16th floor (West Wing), Rohas Perkasa Building
8 Jalan Perak
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 3 2166 7788

Some pieces of information from a first hand.
On the contrary to many who were sacked by SLB (this happens cyclically with the barrel of oil price), I was lucky enough to decide and quit Schlumberger about 4 years ago already.

What can I say about SLB after more than 10 years working internationally for it (Americas, Asia, Middle-East, Europe).

First one is: Yes you ll have the opportunity to move around. At least I did. It sounds nice but you have to be ready to go anywhere. You can discuss/argue about a potential transfer once , twice, not much more than that. Then they show you the door.

There are 2 different types of people who can work for SLB: gradutates and non grauates.
For non-graduates, SLB is the best that can be... what other company can provide you with that much training, possible career development and money! The good ones have a chance to go high in SLB. But watch out, competeition is fierce internally. To push for internationalization and egality of chances, SLB pushes non-american and non-european mngrs. at least this is the way i have seen it. it is also a good move to have local mngrs for local clients.
You can notice that there is no american at all in the board of SLB.

Generally speaking most oilfield service companies provide good financial deals. Hard work but good money. For non-graduates i recommend to work on a 1 month on , one month off if possible. Drilling segments is their chance.

For graduates, one can wonder if this is a good idea or not.
Most graduates comes out of university without any oilfield degree but with a degree in mechanical or electronic etc. For the ones who have an oilfield dgree! Don t hesitate! go for an operator! you ll make more money in the long run and will have a better life. This advise also goes to geologist or mining engineers, who suits quite well the operators requirements.
I have been working in projects where operator employees were leaving at 5 to go sailing while we were working late on their requests for the next day. Choose your side...
For graduates with other than oilfield degree... you may not be very interesting for an operator at the first run so you have to make your time in a service company. Any service company will do. i have a tendency to believe that SLB moves people more quickly than other companies.

My advice to new-comers.
Whether you do 3 years max in the field, hard-working and putting money aside, whether you have to reach this 15 years level point to be eligible for the pension plan which is excellent i must say. I did not... But i haven t always been very smart in my life. i belive i was fed up to be told what to do all the time.
Danger is that, when you get to 40+ you are way to old to start on a new career and I believe SLB knows that. Then they start sending you again to not so nice locations because you re trapped in their net.

So, if you have been smart. After 3 years, you have enough 'knowledge' to try and force the door of an operator.
Certain service segments are much more interesting than others to enter in the future an operator office. This includes: anything related to reservoir or drilling, like CTD, stimulation, production enhancement etc. Face it! as a cementer or a drilling fluid guy you have little chance to be of interest for an operator.

When I left and came back to a normal life, I realized that Engineers having worked quietly in standard industry did as good as I did! tey benefited from the booming housing sector.
Gain?? we can wonder...

Whatever i have read from nostalgic who have spent 25 years in SLB on here... Some assignments are better than others. North-America is different from the rest of the world. It just take 3 years of sh... life in a sh... country to ruin your family balance. Because you re a nice guy you will not want to bring your family with you in a ****hole (that s of course ok with SLB as you will work harder) but that s not good for the family.

What about this fancy places where you can go sailing or execising or 'work hard! play hard!' advertising motto. I haven t found except in the USA. The future of SLB and the oilfield is not in those places. Look more at Angola, Nigeria, Saudi or Qatar for a 1st place... Nice places!!!! no?

What is sure, and I have read that many times on those bulletin-boards. When you will leave SLB you ll have to start from scratch again. Certainly you ll have a very good understanding of the oilfield. if you re lucky once again, you can use this to start a new career.

Good luck to the newcomers. I wish I had some insight when i engaged in this career quite some years ago.

Contributed by: Anonymous


Mesiniaga (Georgetown)

Industry: Solution Integrator
Address: Lot 1047, Section 13, Jalan Larut, Georgetown, Penang
Tel: 604-229 4678

Mesiniagan, that what they called the employee of Mesiniaga. I am one of the Mesniagans.

Mesiniaga or Mesin(as what Mesiniagan nicknamed it) is a local company and specialised in system integration to suit customer's business needs. The HQ is located at Subang, with two branch offices at Johor and Penang respectively. Total headcount would be approx at 500, around 50% of Malays and 50% of non Malays. Most people thought that we are part of IBM or a subsidiary of IBM, which is totally not true. However, the people who found Mesiniaga are IBM folks.

We provide total IT solutions, meaning here we provide software, hardware, business intelligence,infra setup, maintenance, outsourced and so on.The product ranges from Microsoft to IBM to even not so famous solution such as Novell. Not to mention we are also partner with network solution provider such as Cisco,3Com and Jupiter. So, when I first joined in, I really have a hard time to get to know about each and every single solution we sell.

The work environment there is quite different from my expectation(before I joined in). No Mr boss or Madam boss, we call the bosses using their names. In which I found out it's very rare in a local company. The people, not so much different from other companies. Whether it's a local or MNC, you will find the same group of people there. The over dedicated, the talk-only-but-no-action, the veterans, the sucker ups(must have), the show offs and so on. Somehow, i do feel the job scope in Mesin is too specific, up to a point(in certain cases) where if that person in charged is on leave, no one will be able to back her up.

The pay, I heard Mesin pay its employees quite good compared to other local SIs. If im not mistaken, fresh system engineer will get around RM2200 and above. Normally they hire high achievers only, 2nd Class Upper and 1st Class.Bonus?? Dont mention about it. It's really tough to make profit noawadays due to competitions from one/two-man-show kind of company, which happen to be setup by ex mesiniagan. The medical coverage is very good, clinical + hospitalization benefits for the whole family. The longer you served, the better medical coverage you will include. Same goes for the total days you are entitled take leave, it will increase after 3 years.

I dont have many years of working experience, however I would say Mesiniaga is one of the best local SIs in Malaysia. My rating- 7/10.

Contributed by: kakipancing


Intel (Bayan Lepas)

Industry: Manufacturing
Address: Penang 1, 2, 2.1, 3, 5, 5.2, 7, 9, 12
Box 121
Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone
11900 Penang, Pulau Pinang

Here's an interesting article about Intel Penang, taken from an insider ...... read on .....

"I left Intel after working for them for more than 3 years. I was employed as an Intel Penang employee and my job's nature required me to travel to other Intel sites in States very often. I saw a great deal during my visits to the United States, things that made me very uncomfortable with life.

These are some of the things that I believe need to be known to the public:

1. Intel Penang is nothing but a sweatshop, Intel engineers are expected to work 12 to 16 hours a day, often even on weekends and mostly without overtime compensation. There is this so called allowance, RM$50 or equivalent of about US$13 for every 4 hours of additional time put in. The problem is that Intel Penang management expects the engineers to be giving their extra time to the company and if an employee claims this extra allowance, they will automatically be blacklisted. Intel Penang is obsessive about controlling costs and in most part on employees account. This appears to be the only reason that Intel Corporation would want to invest in a foreign site, ultimate exploitation of human resources.

2. Intel Penang's engineers are put under such tremendous pressure that quite a number of engineers have divorced due to an imbalanced life. This might be a little difficult for people in the United States to comprehend, but in Asia getting a divorce is a very big thing. In Asia it is looked upon as a social stigma. It happens very rarely among Asians but it does happen quite often among Intel Penang employees. Don't be surprised that most engineers in Intel Penang work 12 to 16 hours (sometimes 20 hours) a day and very often, weekends. I've been required to work until 6.00 or 7.00 am, day after day for up to 3 months. This means working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week!! This is a common occurrence in Intel Penang.

3. If you have the ambition to continue your studies in for example MBA, employees can apply to Intel Penang for financial help. But of course, the help doesn't come free. Intel Penang will provide the financial aid but only if the employee signs a document that states, upon graduation the employee has to continue working for Intel Penang for two years. If the employee does decide to separate from Intel with in two years following their graduation, Intel Penang would take legal action against the employee.

4. Should the employee have the ability to and chooses to finance their pursuance of education, he/she will be blacklisted. Intel Penang highly discourages employees, especially engineers, to pursue the continuation of their education as this would affect the amount of extended hours that they could work for the company. I have several friends who have been blacklisted due to the fact that they continued their education. The black-listing, means that the employees receive bad reviews irrespective of their fine accomplishments, because the employee will not be able to put in the extra time that other engineers that are not attending school are able to work.

5. Intel Penang falsely claims to the public that they do a lot for the benefit of the community, but they do not tell the whole story. For example, they have this beautifully portrayed "Intel Scholarship" program. Intel Penang would go to local universities giving out scholarships to under-privileged students. The scholarship is comprised of a yearly amount of RM$5,000 or almost equivalent of US$1,300 per year for a total of 4 years. This is not free of course. Intel Penang demands that the student sign a document that requires him/her to finish school and work for Intel Penang for a period of 4 years (This is what Asians call "bond") and I think in US its called indenturing, basically Intel's scholarship is nothing by entrapment that puts shackles on students.

If during this time-frame, the student (following graduation from school) decides to leave Intel Penang legal action will be taken against them regardless of the reason the employee has for terminating their employment. During the time they work for Intel Penang they get low pay, minimum incremental raises, and bad reviews regardless of how well they perform. Intel Penang knows that the employee will not be able to leave the company no matter what happens. Intel calls this a scholarship program, I thought scholarships are supposed to be without strings attached, but Intel Penang' scholarships for sure are attached with shackles. You have to remember that this is Asia we're talking about, there is no such thing as taking the employer to court. Employment laws are very week and almost no protections for employees, this is another fundamental reason why Intel establishes plants in countries like Malaysia.

6. Intel Penang sends many of their engineers to US Intel's sites for "training". Once these Intel Penang engineers are at the US sites, they are asked to work regularly and no training occurs. There are no differences between the responsibilities that the Intel Penang engineer has than those other Intel US employees. The difference is the amount of compensation for the Penang employee and the US employee. The Penang employee, while working in US (or "training" as referred to by Intel), is paid in Asian currency and not US currency. A fresh graduate of EE in Penang is paid a mere RM$2,200 which is equivalent of about US$550 dollars per month. What happens is an Intel Penang engineer is sent to US for training, but in actuality is working the same job as the US employee for far less money, what an elaborate ploy. This is what the Penang engineers refer to as "cheap labor." which is actually slavery?

An engineer can refuse to join the training program but no one dares to do so, if an engineer does refuse they would be black listed. This happens because when an engineer is sent to US for training, they have to sign a document with Intel Penang to "bond" themselves for a period of two years (it use to be 3 years) upon their return to Penang. If an employee is not in the training program (which means you haven't sign any documents with Intel Penang) the employee can leave the company anytime they want. They are not considered to be "in the group" and will be pressured by management to either leave Intel or join the program or some other Intel Penang program that "bonds" the employee to Intel Penang. As you see this is just a dictatorship that force people into a catch 22 situation.

7. Throughout my years of working together with Intel US employees, I have found that Intel takes advantage of non-American employees. They are normally paid a lower wage, and given tasks that would always force them to over-work themselves way beyond the normal office hours while awaiting to get their green card, which is sponsored by Intel and can take a long period of time. I have friends in Intel (US sites) that have been working for Intel for more than 4 years and have yet to receive their green cards. The wage that they are paid is far below market rates. This is clearly exploitation of foreign employees by Intel.

8. There are numerous occasions in Intel that I personally know of that engineers work really hard and deserve a good pay raise or promotion yet never receive it because they are not a good buddy of the manager. Employees who "suck-up" really well and get to be buddies with the managers, but have done very little for the company are promoted and given huge paychecks. This is something that occurs in every single Intel site and is most evident in Intel Penang. There are cases of engineers with only one to two years of experience (haven't done anything to prove themselves as yet), but are getting paychecks that are larger than those engineers who have been working hard for more than 5 years. This due to the fact that the one engineer with huge paycheck happens to be a good buddy of the senior managers of that department.

One can be very amazed and difficult to understand as to why all these nonsense happens in Intel and many of the Intel employees in the Asian sites are so clearly taken advantage of beyond anything else, and yet they still take the abuse while they, seemingly, remain loyal to Intel. Of course it's obvious that when an employee who is in his/her 20's and being so badly overworked and stressed that they exhibit symptoms of deteriorating health like high blood pressure and anal bleeding due to stress-related ulcers, divorce due to imbalanced life, loss of personal social life due to extreme long hours in the office... and if they still are working at Intel is only due to sheer force of financial need, fear, intimidation due to Intel's bondage system and should not be mistaken with loyalty and conscience choice.

Perhaps it is their right to feel the loyalty to Intel even though all of them are severely over-worked and under-paid, but to me, all these discriminations that Intel Penang and Intel Corporation have put on their employees is something that should not be tolerated. For this is clearly a predatory abuse of power by taking advantage of those that are not in a position to take on Intel in the legal field. Divide, isolate, create need, intimidate and rule is the name of the game that Intel plays. Unfortunately employees do not realize how powerful they can be if they unite.

I personally have had very nasty experience with Intel and I have chosen to leave quietly. For I do not possess the financial capability to take them to court. And I am still in Asian and I am still fearful of what Intel can do to me. After all, they are one of the biggest foreign investor in Asia. The destructive clout they hold is simply incredible. I just hope that people will realize all these and that Intel Corporation's management would realize it as well and work together with the employees to make Intel (US and off-shore) to be a better place to work.

Again, please do not reveal where I am or my identity. For I really sincerely do fear what Intel might do to me. Call me paranoid but I am after all an Asian and this is where Intel holds a huge amount of influence in the local government."