Name: Mr. Thurdsak Sreelamee (Nong)
Age: 34 years
Position: Production Manager
Start working: 4 January 2010
Self Introduction: : Hi! I am Thurdsak Sreelamee (Nong), 34 years old, working here for 9 years. My current position is Production Manager in Production Section.
Working here for 9 years, that means you have been working here since the establishment of the company, isn’t it? : Yes. I entered this company while it was under construction. At first, we had an office in Bangkok. Then I was working in Bangkok for a while before having a chance to go to Japan for 2 weeks to attend a training course. About 1 week after I came back to Thailand, the construction in Prachinburi was completed and the company moved here.
What were your position and your duties at first? : At first, I entered the company as Production Senior Leader, reporting to Production Manager. As it was a job supporting production, I was responsible for production in production lines, and new employees including interviewing and selecting candidates for production jobs. Sometimes, I had to repair machines too. Regarding the company’s business, at the beginning, it was almost the same as these days, except the quantity of machines. We now have machines much more than the beginning. However, the business field still remains the same.
Career Progression: When I was a senior leader, I tried my best to do my duty. Fortunately, I got some advices from Japanese people on attitudes at work. That made me have a positive attitude towards work. I was gradually improving and developing works in the company through experiencing and learning. Moreover, I did not do just only what I was responsible for, I also did other kinds of jobs too. It made me have more experiences in other fields. As the result of that, I got promoted to Supervisor. However, that did not last long; less than 1 year later, I got promoted to Asst. Manager because the Thai Manager resigned and the Japanese executives believed that I could cope with the job. While being an assistant manager, I was still trying my best to do my duty. The difference from before was the scope of responsibility : more production items and volumes and more subordinates to take care. 2 years later, I got promoted again to Manager which is my current position.
Main Duties Now: : Mainly, I am responsible for the production, getting it done as per the production plan. In addition, I am also responsible for man power planning, setting action plans, setting yearly targets, and getting all of them done as well as monitoring and managing them to achieve the goals
Differences of the jobs at the beginning and now: At the beginning, I had 5 subordinates but now I have about 300-400 subordinates. Of course, controlling more people is more difficult. It is because we do not manage the production activities only, but we do take care of subordinates also. Employees sometimes have problems about their works, personal issues or sickness; we have to pay attention to them and give them advices too. I regard it as one of the bosses’ duties. I never refuse to do that with the reason “that’s not relevant to works; why do I have to give consultation to them?” To me, no matter what it is, if I can do, I’ll do.
Feelings ten years ago and now: I am really proud of myself as well as the company for getting this far. As a matter of fact, to grow in one’s career, it is not exactly necessary for him to change jobs frequently. The important thing is that we must think how we can grow. The answers are doing our job at the best of our ability, and always improving ourselves and our work, and, additionally, not just doing only our work, but also helping others if we can. It is because, in my opinion, as a supervisor, to promote someone, we do not only see if he can do his work or not, but we also see if he can also do others’ work as it means he is prompt to grow in other fields too. For example, while being a Line Leader, if one can also do his supervisor’s work, he is prompt to be promoted. He should not think he shall do just only Line Leader’s work because he is a Line Leader or he shall not do his supervisor’s work until he gets promoted. I mean if you can do, go ahead or if you can help your supervisor, please do it. This is the principle I have been practicing so far; I believe that it will make us develop ourselves and make progress in our career.
What advice would you like to give to the new graduates who just start to work? : Basically, it must be “patience”. New graduates these days want a high salary although they have no experience and can do nothing when starting work. They should make progress step by step. If they want to earn more, they need to make efforts toward the progression. I would like to give advices to new graduates : being patient and making efforts toward learning works and developing yourselves continuously, and then leaving evaluation to your supervisor. I do believe that this will make you certainly succeed in working.
Basically, it must be “patience”. New graduates these days want a high salary although they have no experience and can do nothing when starting work. They should make progress step by step. If they want to earn more, they need to make efforts toward the progression. I would like to give advices to new graduates : being patient and making efforts toward learning works and developing yourselves continuously, and then leaving evaluation to your supervisor. I do believe that this will make you certainly succeed in working.
Impression about the company : Actually, I am impressed with many things such as friendly colleagues, executives who pay attention not just only to the works but to the employees as well. Regarding welfares, works which need improving or anything, no matter what it is, the company never ignores us. They are still looking for and introducing new technologies as well as new facilities. One more thing, the company, while growing up, always improves and then maintains repeatedly the environment in the company. That is why our work environment still looks good although 9 years have passed by. This is the company where I can work without feeling inferior to others. I am proud of it.