Starting a job at Tencent, Shenzhen

Well, if you've read this post about Bills Gates interviewing me and the actual disaster, then you might have figured out that I'm heading to some sort of tech firm. That firm is Tencent QQ, the MSN/Facebook/Twitter of China. You might laugh at Facebook's current valuation of $11B (see range), but Tencent is no laughing matter, publicly traded and valued at ~$35B.

Anyway, today was the first day of work. And here comes the obligatory Good Bad and Ugly:

The Good

  • I have to leave the company at 630 to catch the shuttle bus back to the HK border; so, yeah, I now have a natural time to get off work
  • No lap top, no Blackberry
  • The team seemed very nice, and things seemed efficient (the internal portal has so much info it's a bit overwhelming)
The Bad
  • How can no Blackberry be good!?
  • I don't understand why the wall of a cell has to be against the window. Can I saw off the cell wall?
  • Food options are going to be extremely limited... unless I'm brave enough to eat on the streets

And the Ugly

  • It's a 1.5 hour commute minimum
  • And the most painful part is the immigration. Rule #1: don't be a foreigner. Rule #2: don't line up behind clueless old people


2cent said...

congrats on the new gig! 1.5 hour commute though?!?

Faisal said...

Long train commute = options to read, sleep, or get a head start on work. And in that part of the world, train rides are a breeze. Trust me, in a few months of reading three newspapers back to back you'll feel like the most well-informed person in the world.

Anonymous said...

peter absolutely LOVES tencent -- you two should talk!

Justin said...

Take the bus if you want to sleep. But also consider the train from Fu Tian/Lok Ma Chau. It's an unpopular stop, so customs is a breeze and the walk is actually leisurely.

Avoid the Lo Wu station at all costs!

The only drawback of taking the train is travel time and possibly not having a seat after you give it to an elderly person.