Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 620
Chapter 620 – Thomas’s surprise
This was an urgent matter, and Jiang Wanmeng could not makethe decision. He immediately called Feng Yu to ask him back.
When Feng Yu knew Philips wanted a collaboration, he wassurprised and shocked. He would not need to be afraid of Toshiba and Sony ifthey were collaborating with Philips. They might even be faster than Toshibaand Sony in setting the industry standards!
Feng Yu flew back to China immediately and waited forPhilips vice president Thomas at Aiwa Electronics headquarters.
Thomas arrived in China and saw the buildings. It was a vastdifference from Holland, and this was still China’s capital. The Chineseeconomy was not doing well.
But this third world country to develop the first and secondgeneration of MPEG technologies and VCD, it was still impressive. The Chinesewere very creative.
Thomas was confident about this cooperation. He believesthat he does not need to offer any good conditions and the other party will agreeto this cooperation. First, the Chinese economy was not doing well. That Windand Rain Electronics was also not a big company. If he offers Wind and RainElectronics some money, they would surely agree. Even if money could not solvethe problem, Wind and Rain Electronics will still give in because of Toshibaand Sony. The negations should be smooth sailing for him.
The Chinese likes to have a joint venture. Philips had setup several joint venture factories in China. Maybe Philips have the chance tobuy over Wind and Rain Electronics through this cooperation.
Thomas was more confident when he arrived at Hefei, the citywhere Wind and Rain Electronics headquarters was located. It was a rural andpoor city.
Thomas saw a sign that wrote Philips – Thomas when hestepped out of the airport. It should be Wind and Rain Electronics staff whowas there to receive him. Accompanied by Philips employees in China, Thomaswalked over proudly.
Eh? The car used by Wind and Rain Electronics was muchbetter than he expected. Although this was not some branded luxury Europeancar, its exterior was well designed, and the interior was spacious andcomfortable. It was more comfortable than the Mercedes Benz assigned to him byhis company.
This car should be costly. Was this a Japanese car or a UScar? This car should be a Japanese car.
“Mr. Thomas is asking if the shareholders of Wind and RainElectronics here?” When they reached the destination, the translator askedJiang Wanmeng.
“He is already here and is currently waiting inside.” JiangWanmeng replied in English. He spoke excellent English, and this was the reasonwhy he was sent overseas for interaction by his company.
Jiang Wanmeng could tell Thomas was slightly unhappy becauseManager Feng and he did not receive him at the airport. They only sent twostaffs to fetch him. At the headquarters, Feng Yu also did not go down toreceive him. Thomas felt he was not respected by these Chinese.
When they stepped into the building, Thomas was shocked. Theexterior of this building looks normal, but the interior was well renovated.
Artificial hill, fountains, flowing water and goldfishes.These were all used to create a natural look. This was not what Thomas hadexpected. He thought Wind and Rain Electronics headquarter should be run down.Even if it was not rundown, it should be old fashion. Didn’t everyone say theChinese are all old fashion? How come this company is so unique? He felt his moodchanged for the better when he sees the decoration of the lobby.
Feng Yu was standing on top of the spiral staircase and sawThomas’s surprised look. He felt proud. My new factory and office buildings allhave this garden style designs. Hah! Are you surprised?
“Mr. Thomas, this is our Wind and Rain key shareholder, FengYu. Manager Feng, this is the representative from Philips, Vice President ofPhilips, Mr. Thomas.”
“Mr. Thomas, nice to meet you. I represent Wind and RainElectronics to welcome you.” Feng Yu spoke in English with an American accent.Thomas was surprised to see the major shareholder of Wind and Rain Electronicsto be a young man. Did he inherit this business from his family? He speaks goodEnglish. Was he from the US? Damn. This is not good.
“Nice to meet you, Mr. Feng. I feel honored to be here.”
Both of them exchanged some pleasantries and walked in.Thomas’s eyes grew wide. What is this? There is a swing in the office? What arethose people doing? Drinking tea, reading papers and some of them are stillwatching movies?!
“Mr. Feng, is this your office?” Thomas asked.
“Yes. Don’t you think our office is very humanized? This isthe area for the staffs to relax. There is a bathroom and resting area there.There is also a 24 hours cafeteria in here. On the other side, there is anexercise area. if you are interested, we can have a game of Ping-Pong later.”Feng Yu smiled and explained.
The relaxation area, exercise, cafeteria, bathrooms, restareas? Was this really a workplace?
Was there something wrong with this person’s brains? How canthis be an office? Everyone here was not working. Were the staffs here paid torelax and enjoy life?
To Thomas, this company lacks discipline, but these peoplewere the ones that developed the MPEG-II technology!
“Mr. Thomas, are you thinking why no one is working and allof the staffs are relaxing? Our company is paying them for their performance.The more task they completed, the higher their salaries. On the other hand, ifthe staffs could not complete their tasks, their salaries will be very low andmight even be sacked. Research and development of technologies do not depend ontime accumulation. Most of the time, it needs inspiration and creativity.Letting them relax will increase their creativity. Many of them worked morethan 12 hours a day. Some even worked for more than 16 hours. These are thewelfare they deserve. Our Wind and Rain Electronics treat all our staff asfamily members.”
When Feng Yu suggested this in the past, Fu Guangzheng andJiang Wanmeng thought Feng Yu was joking. But Feng Yu insisted the company tooperate this way. After firing some people who were skiving on the job, theefficiency of the rest of the staffs increased. Also, the staffs had a sense ofbelonging in the company.
Some other companies tried to poach Wind and RainElectronics staffs with higher salaries. But none of the staffs went over. Thebosses here treated them well, and their work was relaxing. If they workharder, their salary might even be higher. Also, the staff also noticed theirhealth were better than before.
After passing this place, they entered the meeting room.Thomas was still feeling puzzled by this company. Why was this companyoperating so differently from other companies? He had heard of some softwarecompanies in the US operating this way.
This operation model was rare even in Europe. Thomas neverexpects to see this in China. It was still not some big city in China. ThisWind and Rain Electronics was very different, and this young man was not simple!
The meeting room was painted in a soothing color. Therenovations and layout of the room were relaxing. Negotiating in this roomfeels like having a chat between friends. Thomas was not used to this feeling,but he got to admit that he likes this ambiance.
“Mr. Thomas, try this tea beverage. Maybe you will like it.”Feng Yu asked someone to bring a bottle of Lehaha’s green tea.
“This taste is special. I do not like to drink tea, but Ienjoy this very much. China is a really amazing place. I am so lucky to behere!” Thomas said.
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