- Free lunch - Free snacks - Casual culture - Competitive salary in Tokyo
- Good work-life balance (Unlimited PTO)
- Unorganized, outdated technologies (still using ant / still using Google Closure / Code quality is not evaluated)
- Intransparent management (prevalent favoritism / no clue in how to improve engineering quality from the top)
- Infamously intransparent HR's way of handling harassment cases
- Short-sighted evaluation system (they only value immediate business impact, not engineering excellence)
Some personal experience:
- I got a bad evaluation because of my "too many comments" in code reviews. I raised concerns to my manager before making the many comments but he ordered me to add many comments to persuade the author. I just followed my manager's order, but I got a minus evaluation. My acting manager could not point out which specific comments were bad. He told me the number of comments was the only problem. He also asked me to remove a sentence from my self-eval, which went like "I thought it was OK to make many comments because I was told so by my manager."
- When I sought help for HR for my acting manager's harassment because I was mentally exhausted, they told me that mental tolerance would differ from person to person so bringing in a doctor's diagnosis was meaningless. - The tech lead on my team (the same person as the above mentioned "my acting manager") stole the credit of my work by creating something that completely overlapped what I was doing. When I pointed that out, he repeatedly ignored my comments. When I reported - 続きを読む
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Great multicultural environment, nice management, you always have an opportunity to grow and work on interesting project - just ask for it! Also multiple perks like free lunches, unlimited PTO, happy hours, etc.
Started as a software engineer and was immediately thrown to wolves with very little career direction, then when I couldn't meet the objectives that they didn't really communicate, was demoted. Regret leaving my current job for this one.
The job is pretty nice, though it's hard to be have a high job security when your first year is always going to be contract based. This is not helped by the fact that the Japanese home owners don't like renting to contract employees, making it difficult to find housing. Sure they cover the commute cost, but it's the cheapest route which may not be the most efficient or desirable. Starting pay seems to be better than other companies as well but advancement seems complicated and difficult in return
Work can be stressful, but that comes with the jobtitle as QA. Work is always on a deadline. However, if you can learn to not ruminate on it too much, then you can survive.
The cool thing is that the director and management really want you to be relaxed. Even though the offices are short on QAs, they do encourage you to take advantage of unlimited PTO. The coworkers are very understanding and supportive of taking time off when you need it, so that's great. Of course, if you need to, then you can work from home as well
The work environment feels like a college campus. You eat in a catered cafeteria for lunch, talk about how the food isn't so great most days, build gingerbread houses, get free t-shirts and hoodies, occasionally see lots and lots of promotion for LGTB stuff, and integrate with people from around the world. At the same time, it is a bit better than a college campus because no one forces you to adopt their cultural or political beliefs. There can be a Star of David on one desk, an LGTB flag on another, and a crucifix on another with no one making a big deal about - 続きを読む