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Notes

1. On call centers

Categories: 2004.12.11:3 -- Permalink, Comment form

Nix wrote about his unsavory experience with call center recruitment at http://voidphoenix.blogthing.com/2004/11/23/can-you-smell-the-bs/#comments .

The excerpts make me really nervous about what people in the Philippines are getting themselves into. I'm glad Nix had the critical thinking skills to spot the dodgy segments and walk away, but what about all those people who are grabbing at straws?

What can I do to make things better?

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2. More about call centers

Categories: 2004.12.13:3 -- Permalink, Comment form

From Levi Guerrero:

While I must say that ePerformax's contract does indeed reek of bull crap, I know for a fact that not all call centers in the Philippines operate that way. I'm a senior geek in what could be called a call center (though not in the usual sense of the term, in that our sales guys don't sell stuff for other companies, but rather sell *our* stuff on behalf of *our* company -- I otoh, maintain and enhance our internal web apps), my problems so far have been of the software-entropy-kind (and the occassional noisy-environment-kind), rather than the stupid-binding-contract-kind. Neither do the few friends I have in sales have any such problems -- all they have to worry about is just doing what they were hired to do, and that's selling. Their jobs don't require them to be rocket scientists, but they most certainly don't work under oppressive contracts such as that described by your friend Nix. What the "Philippines is getting into" is showing them Indians and Chinese that we Pinoys can be just as good or even better at what we do, whether it be selling or programming. Well, at least in my neck of the woods it is. Of course, as always, when wandering the various call centers in Ortigas and Makati, you'll find that YMMV. :)

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3. More about call centers

Categories: 2004.12.13:4 -- Permalink, Comment form

From Sean Uy:

I'm thinking that maybe the graduates should be warned about going to work in the local call centers. It's good money, I suppose, but unless one's a very studious person, one's technical skills are very likely to stagnate.

That said, though, one of my blockmates ended up sticking with his call center, and now he's a high-ranked manager with money to burn...

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