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Programme Officer

The Japan Foundation London, England

Programme Officer - Position Vacant The Japan Foundation London Salary: 23k to 25k depending on experience and qualifications Expected start date… Glassdoor

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    I worked at Japan Foundation


    * They offer funding for professional development; you can take classes outside of work.
    * You are able to meet / interact with a lot of different people interested in Japan related issues- many high level intellectuals.
    * Not a lot of work sometimes so you can do other things during the day- read up on Japan issues, or pursue personal development.


    * The Directors treat their subordinates really poorly and for the most part don't respect them.
    * Management is very slow to act and / or modernize operations.
    * Decision-making is not transparent or collaborative.
    * During the interview process, they make the job sound much more intellectual and program management oriented. In actuality, you are nothing but a glorified secretary making photocopies in triplicate, returning emails, and filing ad infinitum. They want people with a Masters degree but the responsibilities are more suited to those with no more than a Bachelors and fresh out of school.
    * There is a workplace bully, which has resulted in high turnover in the program which they are a part of. They control information access and have no interest in making improvements if the ideas don't originate with them.
    * The turnover rate is very high.
    * Teamwork is not encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Establish office meetings so people know what is going on.
    * Implement good ideas- even if they don't come from you.
    * Address work place conflict.

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