Japan Foundation

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Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY

I have been working at Japan Foundation

Pros

Prestigious within the field; Relatively undemanding schedule; Good benefits and vacation time; Friendly co-workers

Cons

Management not transparent; Salary low; No opportunities for advancement

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Encourage innovation and offer opportunities for advancement

Doesn't Recommend

3 Other Employee Reviews for Japan Foundation (View Most Recent)

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    While working hard on your dream job, you keep getting frustrated by its management style and "Japan" silo

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    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer

    I worked at Japan Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very meaningful field of work.

    Cons

    Limited career path for local staffs.
    Severe unbalance of compensation and benefits between formal staff dispatched from the Headquarters and the local staffs.
    Less transparency in decision-making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be much better if JF could provide local and temporary staffs more career opportunities and appreciate their work more.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Work here until you find something better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Japan Foundation

    Pros

    * 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
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