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
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Japan FoundationPros
* 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.Cons
* 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.Doesn't Recommend