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Work here until you find something better

(Former Employee) New York, NY

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 Senior Management* 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Program Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at Japan Foundation


    Pros: Prestigious within the field; Relatively undemanding schedule; Good benefits and… Cons: Management not transparent; Salary low; No opportunities for advancement Advice to Senior Management: Encourage innovation and offer opportunities for advancement No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    While working hard on your dream job, you keep getting frustrated by its management style and "Japan" silo

    Program Officer (Former Employee)

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


    Pros: Very meaningful field of work. Cons: Limited career path for local staffs. Severe unbalance of compensation and benefits between… Advice to Senior Management: It would be much better if JF could provide local… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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