Want to work in South Korea? Prepare for rigid hierarchy and hard drinking

(From left) Ms Maggie Yang from Indonesia, Ms Hongsanass Suriyachairadee from Thailand, Mr Jensen Yap from Malaysia, Ms Ella Guevarra from the Philippines and Ms Do Thi Thach Thao from Vietnam.
(From left) Ms Maggie Yang from Indonesia, Ms Hongsanass Suriyachairadee from Thailand, Mr Jensen Yap from Malaysia, Ms Ella Guevarra from the Philippines and Ms Do Thi Thach Thao from Vietnam.ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON

SEOUL - When Ms Ella Guevarra from the Philippines first started working in South Korea, she had such a hard time remembering not just the names of her co-workers, but their titles as well.

"It came to a point that I just called everyone sajangnim so that even if I forgot the title, I would still sound respectful," said the 28-year-old manager in a finance start-up, referring to the Korean term for boss.

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