- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
In my span of work, I have been lucky enough to be assigned onsite in Japan.
Onsite benefits include the following:
-Housing (Utilities included)
-Living Allowance (Not that much but it would suffice for your needs, some even managed to save for condominiums/cars with such allowance)
-Home Leave (Travel home and back to Japan, sponsored by company every 6 months)
-Visa assistance for those who wants to visit you (At the expense of the employee)
Being onsite is one of the best pros of the company.
You would be doing business internationally, depending on the client and by that you would (forcibly) enhance your business Japanese skills by negotiating deadlines with the client. Also you would continue receiving your salary in the Philippines. In some departments you are required to send e-mails or communicate with the client strictly in Japanese, which I had difficulties at first but improved with time.
Also, in my experience I have been lucky enough to collaborate work with US and JP Software Engineers. It feels rewarding when they commend you for such work.
I have been part of some failures and success of the company.
In recent years, a fun part of failing in the company is that they actually practice their own way of distinguishing why they have failed and improve to cope with it. And in time it was actually improving (I hope this goes on).
For some, Becoming Jack of all trades is a Con, but for me I would label it as a Pro.
Being flexible in what task is given to you (Testing, Designing, Coding, Reviewing, Reporting, Sales) actually helps me become more competitive in the software industry. Having experience with all cycles in the SDLC, I grow confident that I can already start my own software venture.
Some personnel have inspiring stories that lead you to create your own integrity as you work for the company.
The Vice President is actually a fun person to be with as well as the senior management. Some workers just lack confidence to approach the higher ups.Cons
As being onsite being the number one Pro, it also is the number one Con.
Being onsite means a lot of responsibility whereas you tend to like to give up due to its nature.
Sometimes, due to the client wanting to release a product, home leaves are forcibly cancelled but rescheduled immediately.
You would lose precious time that you should have spent with your loved ones.
Also there are irate clients who from previous workers gained their irate status which you would need to work with, it is challenging to gain back the trust but it actually drains all the positive energy in you in some days.
Big administrative overhead.
There are days when I spent all half day applying for overtime, updating my time sheets which sometimes get in the way of the actual work that I need to do.
Management lacks training.
In the company, you can attain a management status without a degree in management, business administration or at least training for leadership. All you need is seniority status and your engineer skills.
Though they do the job well in managing tasks, since what they manage are the clients they have been dealing with since they were engineers, they often fail in managing the people within the team for their growth.
They fail in fixing each employees' personal issues which hinder them full performance for work. As a result, a lot of negative employees that prefer to stay in the company exist, poisoning the originally good Japanese work culture the company has and putting its reputation at risk.
Makati office is a turn off.
It might be due to the building administration which prevents the enhancement of the office but it adds stress to the employees. Some even say that it is a marketing strategy for indirectly saying to clients that "we are cheap" choose us.Advice to ManagementAdvice
-Relocate, or at least be fix the office.
-Do not allow a cheap reputation, we should show the clients that at a low price you get these quality benefits.
-Decrease administrative overhead, though I think it cannot be helped since these are required reports to measure project performance. Let's think of a way.
-Create more opportunities for employee growth, give managers and employees educational benefits, international training is suggested if we want to reach our international goal.
-Cut negative employees maybe by understanding what makes them negative or helping them think that negativity does no good to both the company and the person itself not be firing them because we need them.RecommendsPositive Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Advanced World Solutions, Inc..Interview Details
Applied 2nd week of July this year. After a week, received an e-mail that I passed the exam. Wait for further instruction for initial interview.
Scheduled for initial interview by September 1st week.
After 3 working days, HR called me and informed that I passed initial interview and scheduled for final interview the following week.
Got a call roughly 2 hours after final interview informing that I passed. I was asked to come to their office for offer discussion.
Interviews are the usual question about your resume. Why did you fail in this subject, etc. Personality and behavioral interviews too.Interview Questions
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