What it does: Engages in import and export, trading, manufacturing and servicing industries in Thailand.
Best known for: being one of the oldest companies in Thailand. Berli Jucker owns Big C Supercenter, one of the biggest supermarket chains in Southeast Asia. Known for its popular consumer products, including tissue paper, snack food and soap.
Staff stats: 49,000
The good bits: Reported to have a friendly work environment. Offers various non-monetary benefits and plenty of room for career advancement.
The not-so-good bits: No overtime pay and bureaucratic environment.
Berli Jucker Public Company Ltd. (BJC) is one of Thailand’s leading conglomerates engaged in various industries and integrated supply chain operators. The company’s operations cover distribution, manufacturing and servicing of its own products. It is also a distributor for foreign international products produced by 3M, Ansell, Polaroid, Quaker Oats, Schwan-Stabilo and UHU GmbH.
BJC was established in 1882 as an international trading company involved in import-export of commodities, rice milling, mining, timber and shipping. Over the years, the firm expanded its operations into manufacturing, distribution and packaging. The institution became a public company when it listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1975.
The firm looks for graduates who have solid organisational and time-management skills, good verbal and written communications skills in Thai and English, strong interpersonal and problem-solving abilities, team and detail-oriented, analytical and strategic thinking.
Interested individuals can send their resume online on the corporate website. They can also send their resume and cover letter, with a recent ID photo and preferred salary statement, to its Bangkok office.
Shortlisted applicants will receive a call within a week from human resources (HR) to verify the information on the resume, discuss the job description and schedule the next interview appointment with the HR manager at the Bangkok office.
Before the interview, they will take the written test consisting of English and Thai languages, math, logic and problem-solving skills. The interview with the HR manager deals with their personality, attitude and behaviour. They can expect questions such as:
Successful candidates will then have an interview with the hiring manager. The interview will revolve around their professional qualifications that fit them for the role. Questions may include:
The following are the available positions for graduates and their reported monthly salaries (in baht): human resources assistant 19,000-25,000; project coordinator 22,000-29,000, accounting clerk 20,000-26,000; customer care specialist and account coordinator 18,000-24,000; HR specialist 24,000-33,000; accounting assistant 19,000-25,000; business analyst 30,000-34,000; administrative assistant 21,000-28,000; management trainee 17,000-22,000; marketing assistant 25,000-32,000.
Employees who earned a master’s degree in business related-fields and are below 27-years of age can join the organisation’s Apprentice Manager Programme. This is an opportunity for them to sharpen their skills through job and project rotations as well as experience working with the firm’s top executives.
The programme can be completed in two years. Trainees must show strong problem-solving, decision-making and management skills throughout the course to pass the programme’s performance and behavioural indicators. They must also show their ability to coordinate with employees at all levels, build a steady relationship with business partners and improve customer satisfaction. Successful individuals will receive managerial positions in their preferred department at the end of the course.
BJC is reported to have a friendly and collaborative work environment. Management is said to be supportive and fair to all employees. Cooperation and teamwork through the organisation is encouraged to achieve common goals.
The company focuses on favourable work-life balance as it offers employees broad remuneration benefits including five-day work schedule, annual holidays for up to 25 days, 15 traditional holidays, company events and outings, availability of sports and recreation clubs, medical and dental treatment, and annual health check-ups.
As part of its social responsibility, the organisation established the BJC Big C Foundation to promote education and sports to Thai youth. It also offers scholarships to underprivileged students who have outstanding academic records.
Employees will give their full-time commitment and show their loyalty to the organisation in the long-run given the various non-monetary benefits it offers to them.