On the 25th of January, participants of the Overseas Vietnamese Summit: HOMECOMING had a unique opportunity to come together for an engaging visit to the headquarters of Vinamilk, Masan Group, and Techcombank. This event provided a rich networking and experiential platform. In addition, attendees were treated to the Chấm Chấm Chấm (Dot Dot Dot) exhibition at De La Sól - Sun Life Flagship, an artistic space owned by the Sun Life group.
This experience offered them an in-depth view of the workplace culture, recruitment process, and the diverse employment opportunities available within these global corporations and organizations.
At Vinamilk, the workplace is more than just a place to work
The tour commenced with a visit to Vinamilk’s main headquarters. There, the attendees were privy to an enlightening talk by Ms. Hồng Hạnh, Talent Acquisition Manager, who shared her journey and growth over her eight-year tenure with Vinamilk. Additionally, Mr. Nguyễn Quang Trí, the Executive Director of Marketing, graced the event. He not only discussed the brand’s recent repositioning strategies but also elaborated on the criteria for selecting talent for the Marketing department, a pivotal segment of Vinamilk.
I always look for candidates who are better than me and who could replace me in the future. Candidates must understand the local market situation, respond to customer insights, and possess strong leadership skills.
Additionally, the provision of meals daily with a varied weekly menu, an expansive outdoor swimming pool, and well-appointed yoga and gym facilities highlighted Vinamilk’s commitment to its employees’ physical and mental well-being, ensuring a holistic and comfortable working environment.
The visit concluded with a delightful lunch at CTY Kitchen + Bar before the group proceeded to their next destination.
De La Sól - Where Imaginable and Unimaginable Values Intersect
At the Bakes event, there was a warm and engaging conversation featuring prominent figures: Hao Tran - CEO of Vietcetera, Luc Nhon Ly - CEO of Sun Life Vietnam, and Tuan Le - Co-founder and Creative Director of The Lab Saigon.
This event showcased the unique collaboration between The Lab and Sun Life, merging the distinct realms of life insurance and artistic creativity. Nestled in the heart of HCMC, De La Sól stands as Sun Life’s exclusive exhibition space, embodying the values Sun Life strives to communicate: Meaning, Innovation, and Creativity.
De La Sól is a vibrant community center for art enthusiasts, providing a platform for the expression of ideas, showcasing talent, and engaging with an audience. It’s a place for exchanging and enriching values, experiences, and knowledge in the arts.
“Creativity is essential for the development of any field. Even in areas that seem disconnected from creativity, the infusion of creative thinking is more crucial,” Tuan Le remarked.
Currently, De La Sól is hosting the Chấm Chấm Chấm (Dot Dot Dot) exhibition - a celebration and continuation of the understated values of art. Additionally, the Dot motifs represent various meanings, conveying the message of preserving, honoring, and spreading humanitarian values within the community.
Attendees also had the pleasure of enjoying distinctive drinks and pastries from Bakes. Founded in 2015 by Tuan Le, Bakes has become a familiar name among those with a sweet tooth. The hallmark of Bakes lies in its pastries, a unique combination of various exotic ingredients presented so beautifully that one might hesitate to take a bite.
Conveniently located just below the exhibition area, guests who have just viewed the artwork can savor a cup of coffee and a sweet pastry. This setting provides a perfect opportunity for them to chat and share their thoughts on the art pieces they’ve just experienced.
Experience the ideal workplaces at Techcombank and Masan Group
At the concluding stops of the tour, guests were split into two groups, each visiting either the Techcombank or Masan Group. At Techcombank’s main office in Ho Chi Minh City, the group was privy to an engaging talk by Ms. Nguyễn Lê Thảo Nguyên (Veo), the Head of Talent Acquisition. She provided valuable insights into the work culture, career progression opportunities, and the detailed hiring process at Techcombank.
Techcombank, under its vision “Change banking, change lives,” aims to change how banking is perceived. Its goal is to integrate Techcombank seamlessly into everyday life, making it as indispensable and user-friendly as the Spotify app.
Techcombank has invested a significant sum ($500 million) in upgrading its infrastructure and enhancing its digital capabilities in pursuit of this ambitious goal. This investment focuses on ensuring that its services are delivered to customers most conveniently - in the right place, at the right time, and tailored to their needs.
Veo highlights that Techcombank’s CEO consistently emphasizes challenges related to people. In response, Techcombank prioritizes human resource development, which is evident in its two well-placed headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, showcasing significant initiatives in HR.
Designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Foster + Partners, the two Techcombank Tower headquarters buildings offer open, highly interactive workspaces that encourage innovation and idea sharing while also contributing to sustainable development.
Further discussing Techcombank’s EVP (Employee Value Proposition), Ms. Nguyên remarked: “The bank continuously strives to connect its employees with people who aspire them to success. Techcombank highly values its employees. That’s why the bank always promotes the spirit of ‘be greater’ within its team.”
At the Masan Group headquarters, attendees had the chance to talk with Mr. Hoàng Quốc Việt - TA & EVP Lead, and Mr. Nguyễn Thanh Phú - TA Deputy Manager and Deputy Head of Recruitment. They discussed the history, development process, and career opportunities at Masan.
Staying ahead of technology and convenience trends, Masan Group has established a consumer-retail ecosystem that leverages technology to connect offline and online platforms seamlessly. This ecosystem comprises member companies and affiliates operating in sectors like consumer retail, FMCGs (including food, beverages, personal and household care products), financial services, F&B chains, and mobile telecommunications.
Additionally, a key competitive edge for Masan lies in its team of domestic and international talents. This diverse workforce brings various perspectives, expertise, and experiences, contributing to developing innovative strategies, ideas, and breakthrough solutions.
Therefore, Masan has committed to creating conditions that foster long-term and sustainable value for individuals and the organization. Many employees are also company shareholders, encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit and maximizing value for all shareholders.
In 2023, Masan Group was honored as the “Best Workplace in Asia 2023” and won the “Business with a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Work Environment” given by HR Asia, a leading human resources magazine in Asia. This award was presented at the annual HR Asia Awards ceremony.
The event also featured Mr. An Luong, Associate Director of AI, who is also an overseas Vietnamese. He discussed plans for developing artificial intelligence at Masan.
Elevating the Dining Experience at Anan Saigon
The company tour concluded with a culinary experience at Anan Saigon, personally led by Chef Peter Cường Franklin. Guests had their taste buds awakened with innovative dishes centered around Vietnamese Pho, such as Caviar Egg Pho, Wagyu Pho Roll, Molecular Pho, and more. These creations, featuring a variety of premium ingredients, offered a surprisingly delightful experience for diners.
Despite the fatigue from extensive travel and the hot Saigon weather, individuals lingered at the restaurant to chat, exchange contact information, and discuss the memorable experiences of the day’s tour.
Ms. H, an attendee, shared: “I’m naturally introverted and not good at interacting with people. But I’ve recently shifted to the business sector. To succeed in business, you need to be adaptable and astute to close deals. I signed up for the conference and the company tour to improve my communication skills and expand my network. I now find myself more comfortably initiating conversations with others.”