Sunday, June 10, 2007

My Visit to the Prison

I went to visit Score Digital Media's operating office and their post production team today. They're a media company providing creative digital multimedia solutions for web, video, print and multimedia applications. I had the distinct privilege to see some of their impressive portfolio, 3D digital animations, videos etc. (sorry but I can't show you anything here)



Our host, Joshua, a very humble but also very well spoken young dude greeted the bunch of us and showed us around. They had three production rooms: Video editing room, graphics design, and the programmers room. Each production team member have a computer and dual screens.

And yes, their office are within the compound of the prison. And the entire staff team are of course prison inmates. They are dressed in white overalls with name and number printed on their shirt. These prison inmates aren't your ordinary everyday criminal, brutal nor dangerous. Most of them are either convicted for drug offenses, fraud, or just by being multimillionaire CEOs of multinational corporation. So they are not dangerous at all, they're like anybody on the street just unlucky.

Oh and yes, SDM "employs" only quality employee. Like a regular company, they're always sourcing for talented people to work for them. Their only hunting ground is of course the inmates. However, when they ( i.e. SDM officials) do see a potential good staff walking on the streets and thought they should be headhunted, they'll work on some tricks to get him in. So guys! if you're a very talented designer/programmer, watch out for people like Derrick and Brenda. You'll be headhunted (into the prison). ;)

The official who brought us in was a SDM sales person/manager/boss, called Derrick. He's a smiley guy who's working under the government. He serves as a contact point for this production team with the outside world. SDM, according to Derrick is the most relaxed security for the whole prison because inmates are allowed to have frequent visits with customers and access to the internet.

SDM have sales targets to meet, just like any company. They have very good staff turnover rate, compared to an average company in the real working world because inmates are in house. SDM have very good disciplined staff, compared to an average company which have staff which leaves as early as three months. They are also expanding their company to a larger office and recruiting more production staff. Heck, they even have a quality policy.

Simply admirable. Whoever came up with the idea of SDM has got to be a genius. Erm, I mean that's the Singapore Government for you lot...

5 comments:

Su Yuen said...

Wow, that's a really cool concept to run a business(especially at low cost?). Are they paying the prisoners?

Chern Jie said...

No of course not!

The prisoners get to learn from this experience and help themselves to gain employment after their sentence. They also get to escape from their cell and work in air-con room with dual screen computers.

Which would you prefer? :p

ar zhou said...

I prefer not to go into prison :p

Chern Jie said...

then you better watch out for the SCORE people haha! In case they catch you and recruit you in to SDM haha

jiinjoo said...

Whee - your blog got new THEME :) oh ya, prison in SG is one of the most productive one in the world. EDB always tell people that. It's a shame there's no agency in it that does mafia recruitment...