Following the flat debut of YG Entertainment‘s newest group, BABY MONSTER, many have been critical of the company. Much of the criticism centers around the opinion that the company is recycling a “tried-and-tested” formula of concept and song. The group’s debut song “Batter Up” rounds out the track with a dance break and choral chanting, a song formula that has been recycled over and over. Many compared it to BLACKPINK‘s “How You Like That.”
Following this, a post including a company review from a current employee of YG Entertainment has been going viral. Their identity has been protected with anonymity. Users of the job review site have to verify their job status and position before they are allowed to post. They summarized their experience at the company with a hard-hitting line — “even if one person takes a step back, the company will run way better.”
In their opinion, the company is falling behind in trends due to the stubbornness of the higher-ups. Apart from that, the company seems like quite a good one, where many benefits are provided.
- Lunch and dinner provided
- Gym, showers, and other exercise and convenience facilities are provided.
- Food expenses during overtime and taxi fare. (The vibes don’t make you feel like you can’t claim them.)
- Compared to other entertainment companies, there are less releases so the work-life balance is better.
- Colleagues of your age who have the same interests.
- There are people of higher positions, so even if you’re an entry-level employee you can experience a variety of work.
— Current Employee
These benefits were not enough to override the cons, resulting in a three out of five-star review.
- There are people with authority over decisions who either have lost touch or just do what they want.
- People with authority over decisions don’t have a sense of deadlines.
- People with authority over decisions always interfere too much in the tiniest jobs such as editing short-form videos.
- A company environment where no one tries to, and no one can persuade these people otherwise.
- It’s hard to try new things or reflect market trends in work due to these people.
- Production of songs, etc are like a cottage industry.
- Low incentive compared to other companies.
— Current Employee
Although employees are not obliged to be concerned with the output of the company, it seems like most in the industry are passionate about their jobs. Fans who have observed the output from a third-party point of view echo the woes of this employee.