East West Consulting K.K. Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to learn the biz

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at East West Consulting K.K. full-time

    Pros

    Great DB. Great client list. Lots of turnover but it is not the company's fault, people just can't hang and the dead weight gets cut out. Company parties and trips. Good working environment. Good commision structure.

    Cons

    Few cons. A bit more training might be good.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Walk or die... but a lot die.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to get some experience quickly and are ready to put your head down and work long hours, then it will be beneficial for you in the future. You can learn cold calling, client facing interaction, and autonomy.

    Cons

    This company is a real battlefield, and probably has the worst environment I have ever seen. Consultants steal each other clients, new employees are just fresh meat here to supply new candidates to the already established consultants, there is no real strategy and they put you in teams according to where their needs are and not what you are interested in doing. The turnover of employees is extremely high and the management wonders why or does not try to fix it. Overall, the company has a bad reputation on the Japanese market and numerous are the clients who refuse to work with it based on past experiences.

    Advice to Management

    The management should be trained and not promoted because they bill a lot. A high performer doesn't necessarily have the skills to manage a team. The micro-management was omnipresent and no real follow up system was established.


  3. Stay away.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time

    Pros

    Below average place to learn the basics of recruiting. You will also learn how a very poorly run company operates, therefore anywhere you go from here will likely be a step up. But you could learn the same at another company without the same amount of stress and misery that you'll no doubt get here.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Major ones are that employees are not trusted at all, just about everything you do, (phone calls, computer activity) is strictly monitored. There is no credible management as they only use scare tactics to try to motivate people for a job they cannot do themselves. You'll likely be under extremely high levels of stress everyday. Taking vacation of any kind is frowned upon and sometimes even forbidden. Most of the bad things you hear about how migrant workers are treated in the US is applicable here - You are expected to work long hours, generally treated poorly and if you are fired or leave they don't care because they believe there are lots of other foreigners out there who they can take advantage of to take your place. Essentially they hire 10 people and hope that one of those is successful.

    Advice to Management

    Retire. Step aside and let someone who might actually care about the employees and is ready do the work hands on and lead by example take over.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great company for hard workers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at East West Consulting K.K. full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Potential to make allot of money if you work hard. Lots of training. Huge database.

    Cons

    Long hours. The first few years are tough - it takes time to create a network of candidates and clients and many people quit within 2 years.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    On the job training, access to Multi-National Clients, no celling on income, flexible hours, the environment was very international and a good place to learn the business of executive search recruiting in Tokyo.

    Cons

    Long hours, very competitive environment, sometimes people did not share information or abused ethics in order to get a sale.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on professional ethics when working internally to support clients with executive search assignments. Promote team work more than individual sales.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great place to start learning recruiting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Can make some serious money. Can get promoted quickly and can be up to 50% commission on any deal made in as quick as 3 years. Can become a Manager if you want to be. Work with some top companies. Use your language skills, French, English and Japanese as i did. Flexible working hours, you are only harrassed if you are lazy or not performing.

    Cons

    Who cares about making friends with colleagues, this is about making money and some of these negative reviews and from ppl who simply cannot do the job. If you have self belief, good communication skills and can learn quickly you WILL make money.

    Advice to Management

    Try to update the website and care about your image. Top billers are treated like VIPs.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not a bad place to start but not a good place to stay too long.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Earning potential is good if you stay a few years and are on the good side with management. Treated pretty good as long as you're making money or bring in candidates.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth, not a good place to work if you want to advance your career.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Boiler room

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best place to get a corporate job in Tokyo, they basically hire anybody. They are very precise with the payments and they offer visa sponsorship. Fast paced, great learning through practice. They'll teach you how to lie to attract new business, which may he helpful in the future. Challenging to resist over one year.

    Cons

    They'll ask you to leave as soon as you'll fail one target or once your candidates' base will be large enough for you to start expecting bonuses. I've seen them firing people on a weekly basis, sometimes with no reason at all.

    Advice to Management

    You've made enough money by deceiving, start building something really worthwhile or retire.


  10. Helpful (8)

    Probably the Only Honest Review Here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It seems degrading this company has become a cult following, and its ridiculous. I will be completely honest here, and this is meant for all people who are considering East West and who are actually smart, hard working and positive people: First, It is certainly very hard when you first start out - having to constantly call all day and collect names, then try and meet so many people. However, it is not as if we are in the army getting shot at, and its not as if getting rejected on the phone is a personal diss. Move on. Once you start meeting people, then you can be absolutely professional, discuss real companies and real positions and truly start making a difference by getting people good jobs and getting yourself a ton of cash. If you start off working harder than everyone else and don't start complaining about every single little thing, you can be very successful - I certainly was because I had a good attidude. Regarding management - East West is the only company that hires people with no experience in this industry, so of course they are going to be stricter, they can't just keep paying some dude who clearly isn't cut out for the job. There is nothing immoral about that either. But this is an absolute fact - if you work hard and are successful here, management will give you excellent commission, great freedom of work schedule, and you will have the ability to work whatever clients you wish, as long as you can develop the relationship. And yes, there absolutely is training and while some of it may be old school, the fact is that if you simply listen and copy what the successful people are doing, and actually work very hard, its great and no other company would be able to offer you so much commission so quickly. So, the pro of East West is if you work very hard at the beginning, you can make a lot of money and feel good about what you do. I have done nothing unethical or degrading or anything, now I simply get people good jobs at my clients and I get a big commission for doing it.

    Cons

    You HAVE to work extremely hard at the start. You HAVE to make so many phone calls and meet so many people. But what most people don't seem to get is that this is high pressure sales. And no matter what you think you were told by management, it is quite obvious when you are joining. If you did not do your research about high pressure sales jobs before, that is on you. Management will not micro-manage. Personally I see this as a plus but I see how some would see as a con. But the truth is, for certainly the first 6 months to a year, you really are going to learn the job by trying and failing and doing things yourself. Of course you can be told how to close a deal, get a client, etc (and you ARE told this), of course you have to experience things firsthand. Its too much freedom. I do think there is almost too much freedom for consultants to do what they want, but again this is benefitial as well. If a newer consultant gets a good client, he or she can go ahead and start working it, even though they may not be so experienced yet.

    Advice to Management

    updating company website would be a wise move. being more supportive and understanding of online services for recruiting, its simply a fact and tool of this day and age. But the old school method DOES work, I made a lot of placements using it so keep on keeping on the phone. ADVICE TO NEW GUYS: dont listen to the negative reviews, just ask yourself if you the type of person who can stay positive and work super hard. If you can, East West is a great company to try out.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Not a good place if you have a soul

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good for people who want to start a new career with zero experience and knowledge in this industry. The president leverages that in order to exploit the new employees. Good proprietary database with lots of information

    Cons

    Terrible management because so old fashioned and greedy. They don't specifically break the law regarding compensation package, but they get real creative when they deduct all the employee's cost from the bonuses(if you make any) including 100% of social insurance and taxes. The management hasn't changed with the times and they just churn and burn through employees. Extremely high turnover. They hire English teachers with no experience in the industry and this can contribute to problems with how candidates and clients are handled. Minimal training. They want people to lie on the phone to collect names but will deny this to the public. Money/revenue is the only thing that matters in this company and their system is designed for the owners to make the bulk of it while they don't do any of the real work.

    Advice to Management

    Retire or treat your employees like they're human beings and not pieces of meat.



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