Advanced World Solutions, Inc.

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  1.  

    Good training ground for fresh graduates

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The company has a good training package for fresh graduates.
    For people interested in learning Japanese, this company is suited for you.
    The work environment is friendly and people have good relationships with each other.
    They have flexible time-in plan.
    Employees have opportunity to gain experience in different technologies and business domains depending on the project assignment.

    Cons

    Some hectic projects require employees to work on weekends.
    There are fairly a number of cases that requires employees to work overtime and overnight in order to meet deadlines due to incorrect estimation of work.

    Because of the project-based culture in the company, employees have limited chances of choosing the type of work, technology or domain that they want to focus on.
    To be able to acquire expertise on specific technical skills as well as business domain, one has to be in the right place at the right time in order to be included in the right project.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    AWS provides a good experience for entry-level engineers but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant R&D Engineer
    Current Employee - Assistant R&D Engineer

    I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Japanese companies always provide a great place to get to know the ins and outs of fast paced development. Working in one will surely give you an added advantage, eventually, since you are exposed to long hours (and almost no weekends) and cramped development schedules, among others. In the company, people also learn to become jack of all trades - aside from coding, you get to do documentation, testing and reporting as well.

    Cons

    Long hours and cramped development schedules. If you failed to manage your time by at least a day (or go on unplanned leaves), it's likely that you will have to render OT for that. And it may be difficult for you to cope with the schedule sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities in career development to ALL employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Lots of potential, but many hurdles and distractions along the way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc.

    Pros

    Great opportunity for skill and career growth for self-driven people

    Cons

    Unsure about company values (what does the company stand for) and vision (what does it want to become).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re Values, Vision: It is probably stated in upper management, but is it understood and practiced? In all levels?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management Problem

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    1. if you are interested in japanese culture and language, this company is for you because they offer intensive training to learn japanese and at the same time improve your IT skills.
    2. opportunity to work in japan
    3. good working environment and people
    4. additional allowances if you passed level 1 and 2 japanese exams.

    Cons

    1. slow promotions and low salary increase if your contributions and skills are not visible by management especially for onsite assignment employees.
    2. A,B,C guessing of evaluation performance for onsite employees, not knowing their efforts and contributions to their clients.
    3. no work-life balance. daily overtime and often weekends. overtime became a habit in this company due to wrong estimations and to fulfill the request of demanding clients.
    4. cannot focus/improve on 1 skill, different projects different skills are needed so if they lack of people, even you are not knowledgeable they still include you in their team which may lead to technical skill issues.
    5. allowances never increase despite of the increase of commodity prices and standard of living.
    6. since most are japanese clients, you have to adjust with their cultures which #1 is OT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Current managers don't have business management background and less idea how to manage people, they always think of PROFIT not the employee that is why so many senior employees leave the company.
    2. send the managers to business schools to learn not just by experience and advises from other managers and upper management.
    3. give reasonable compensation, benefits and show importance/value of your employee in the company. listen to them and don't pretend to be ignorant on what they feel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just Enough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Research and Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Junior Research and Development Engineer

    I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good environment with nice people.

    Cons

    Too much work. Experience seniors are already leaving, meaning inexperienced employees take on their jobs and tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create retention strategies for current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's a trap.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Makati City (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Makati City (Philippines)

    I worked at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Nihongo training here is the best. Other Japanese companies don't have an intensive nihongo training like AWS.
    In other words, trainings are great. AWS is a great stepping stone if you want a JLPT certificate and a Philnits certificate. Their Action training is great in all aspects you will be honed as a valuable applicant in the future. You might have to lend them your body and soul for two years but I think it's worth it (if, and only IF you really love japan)

    There's Japanese training even after the initial training so you continue to improve your Japanese Language. There are lots of materials and you get to work with Japanese documents and clients which really forces you to make an effort in learning come such time that you're already vomiting kanji.

    Feel free to file leaves without pay all the time, be late and no one would care. BUT if you are really needed they don't care if you're having a brain surgery at the moment, some would make you report to work.

    After surviving hell, you're most likely able to handle anything and say come at me bro! Think of it as a training for endurance physically, intellectually and emotionally.

    After working here you can sell yourself easily outside to other companies.

    Despite the cons I wrote here I'm really happy I chose to work in AWS.

    Some departments are okay and fun. Others are really NOT. Sadly, I was in the Not so fun department.

    They aren't really strict with house rules. They will just warn you and that's that.

    Cons

    The trap here is that the HR would initially tell you that you have a high chance of going to Japan. That's true if you're lucky. If you're not, you could wait in vain for years. Positive thinking: keep on improving Japanese because that's the only useful benefit you're getting from this company (This is your reward for being underpaid and overworked )

    After the training your growth as a hardcore developer will slow down or most likely stop. Common projects are testing, documentation or maintenance of proprietary things. Thankfully the management has the initiative now to explore new things(not really new anymore) like cloud computing etc.

    OT is very usual here. Say farewell to your family and friends for the mean time. The worst case here is that you don:t get to go home for 2 straight nights. and for those 2 straight nights you're awake and working! They tend to accept big projects to be done in a short amount of time knowing that their employees don't have the skills for that project. They also designed your salary like this: minimal basic salary, max allowances. They made it like that saying that they want to avoid having their employees taxed(lolsure). That would be great if you were assigned to a project that doesn't really do much otherwise you're in it for the downside. BUT with that very small basic salary your OT pay would also be small. Even if you work 200 to 300 hours for this company(that happens a lot) your OT pay won't be as much as you expect it to be. They treat OT here as if it were a requirement. If you don't render, you're a sinner, go to Cyrene and have yourself crucified. True story bro, just a little exaggerated. Remember, as an employee, you don't have rights.

    Because this is a small company(dreaming big), having big responsibilities is common. The catch there is you have important responsibilities, you contribute a lot but your salary is the salary of a fresh graduate.

    You're in a bond? Live with it because you don't have any other choice anyway. Believe it or not you DO have options ;) It's like thinking of ways to break out of prison. But time would go so fast you won't even notice. One day you'll just wake up look into the mirror before going to another day of hell and you'll find yourself decaying and the bond is over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should treat employees a bit well think of their career growth, health and compensations well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Mediocre Zombie Work Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate R&D Engineer  in  Makati City (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Associate R&D Engineer in Makati City (Philippines)

    I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work in Japan
    - Excellent training, after training you will be proficient in software engineering and Business Japanese
    - Much room for company improvement

    Cons

    - There are a lot of negative employees and management fails to see the problem
    - Be ready to face a "Zombie" lifestyle (No work-life balance) if assigned to a demanding Japanese client, OT hours would reach a minimum of 100 hrs per month
    - For freshers, you will start as a trainee, not recognized by AWS as an employee for 4 months (as a trainee you will undergo a "famine period" living on 13.5k php per month in Makati, not to mention the high cost of living in the said place), then become a probee for at least 2 months (if PhilNITS exam is passed)
    - They give you only 1,500 php for housing knowing that houses in Makati are about 6k php per month
    - No clothing allowance despite the fact that HR knows that employees have limited budget due to Low Salary and high cost of living in the area. And as the standard, HR is strict about the dress code.
    - You will be locked up with the company for 2 years after training and be bonded with 500,000 php
    - Not for the liberated employees who would share

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Since the company is starting to grow and has a big dream to go Global, try to implement a higher standard of Lean Management, start implementing Quality Circles, improvement focus groups and follow ISO standards.
    - Change approach towards solution in mass resignation problems, instead of giving a two year bond why not give the employees a reason to stay in the company? (eg. Higher Compensation, better benefits, more training)
    - Open opportunities for employee growth (eg. send people to study new trends in IT, send management to MBA schools)
    - Value your employees. Listen to them once in a while. Don't be ignorant about how the employees feel.
    - Create solutions, not patches.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A-OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Advisor  in  Makati City (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Advisor in Makati City (Philippines)

    I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Not affected by global recession/crisis.
    Already reaching out to non-Japanese clients.

    Cons

    Low turnout of innovative ideas.
    Management initiatives not fully embraced by sponsors themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve lessons learned process, comply fully to ISO, proper closure of corporate initiatives/action items. Improve training program for intermediate employees. Improve overall network infrastructure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Advanced World Solutions, Inc. is an average IT company in terms of Salary and Programming Skill can get.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate R&D Engineer  in  Makati City (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Associate R&D Engineer in Makati City (Philippines)

    I worked at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people, Nihongo Skill, Average Salary,
    Chance to work onsite in Japan.

    Cons

    Daily overtime works which last up to 9-11PM.
    Oftentimes overtime works during weekend.
    Salary is not reasonable with the amount of overtime work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary should be reasonable with the amount of overtime works

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation but with overwork, unbalanced workplace.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate R&D Engineer  in  Cantoba-on (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Associate R&D Engineer in Cantoba-on (Philippines)

    I have been working at Advanced World Solutions, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, incentives and bonuses, exposure to new technologies. Opportunities to go to Japan with adjustments in pay and allowances. Young workforce.

    Cons

    Too much workload is given to one employee. Overtime work usually reaches 100-150 hours a month and the management is doing little, or nothing, about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers to know how to properly manage resources and time. Do not accept projects that are impossible to achieve considering time and resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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