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Lehman Brothers Reviews in Tokyo, Japan

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Pros
  • Great work life balance and financial packet (in 14 reviews)

  • Ahead of other investment banks in promotion of women (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Managers show no sympathy for junior people for working ultra long hours (in 18 reviews)

  • Towards the end there was morebegoninvolved by he senior management and that led to the rims downfall (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Too bad its gone now.

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    Diverse culture, momentum (while it lasted), rather flat organization compared to others in Japan. Perk was farely good. Housing assistance (tax deduction) was great.

    Cons

    Not all management deserved their post. Some were just plain garbage, though an great aXX kissing garbage. They needed to evaluate who went up and thrown out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that its gone, not much advice to give. If they were still running, I would advise them to reevaluate the risks in taking on business where they aren't ready to do so.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bad place to work in good exposure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    Money, exposure is treacly good

    Cons

    Cut throught environment with ton of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Time to move on...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good bonuses
    Good benefits
    Good people in my group
    Challenging work
    Projects/work was fairly organized
    Good office location
    Good prestige at the time

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt!
    Long, long, long, long, long hours!
    No dinner with family pretty much ever
    Weekend work at times
    Nomura transition pretty tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uh, what to say?
    High risk, high reward... Higher risk, no job
    Did management have the shareholders and employees best interest in mind?

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just For Your Info

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    compensation, compensation, compensation. exposure to senior management. Lehman Brothers is a great place to start off after finishing MBA education. It could be very tough environment for undergraduates to be promoted in a short period of time, and no one could expect a lot for annual bonus for any analyst positions. if you want to be an associate after MBA education, you could expect some annula bonus based on your performance and firm wide performance. but, the bonus for assciate level can never be comparable with that for vice president and other senior positions.

    Cons

    it is gone already, what can I say...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to have frequent communication with the staff

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A Great Company to Work For! But...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    - People generally respect each other.
    - Management take an interest in our career goal and objectives.
    - Support is given whenever employee are dealing with personal issue. Work/life balance is much emphasis. Employees are also allow to work offsite if he or she has good reason not to be able turn up in office, eg. hospitalisation of family member.
    - Channel for recognition & feedback are available and open.

    Cons

    - Too many systems and intereface between the systems are not fantastic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about the financial status of the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A wonderful place to work, but lacked proper advancement criteria and upper management cover.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    The people and the culture give reason to come to work everyday. There was always a constant struggle against the market and competitors, but it always felt we were doing it together. The bankruptcy came as a huge shock to us all, but right up until the weekend that it happened, we were all driven and succeeding at what we did. On the front lines, we went out on a high.

    Cons

    The arbitrary cut offs for promotions meant superbly qualified people had to wait several years to get their deserved pay and titles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the end, senior management failed to see what was going on around them, and pride meant we had to down the hardest. It was true that this is a once in a generation event, and the market around everyone is shockingly irrational, but it should not have came as such a surprise considering how Bear Sterns went out. Goldman and Morgan Stanley were even victims to the irrational market and after reported gains their stock tanked. It was ironic to see them complaining about short sellers.

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