Shusaku Yamamoto

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Shusaku Yamamoto Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant

    I worked at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality, top notch work; excellent clients, great mentoring and support.
    Mostly wonderful colleagues and made friends that have stayed in touch even though we've gone our separate ways to several continents.
    Great outdoor fun activities - snowboarding, beach BBQs and summer swimming and surfing!
    All that play can only be enjoyed after tackling a really steep learning curve but your terrific colleagues make it easier.
    You will make fantastic friends and all the great learning that you do in 3 years will last a lifetime!
    Excellent post-3 year contract support. I would have never gotten my current position without the letter of recommendation from the Firm.
    Great place to start your career - even if you end up in law. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

    Cons

    Top notch clients and great work mean that the clients are demanding and have high expectations - this emanates throughout everything and everyone in the firm.
    High pressure and everyone has to be on top of their game
    Work-life balance is how and what you make of it - everyone can and will use their leave but be prepared for the work that has piled up when you return - that's to be expected.

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  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Impressive scale of clients and outstanding depth of client work

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    Former Employee - Technology Specialist
    Former Employee - Technology Specialist

    I worked at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy working here, it is busy and challenging but there are only so many hours in the day so you have to find time to do the things you like and spend time with your colleagues.
    Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and the firm is doing well globally in times that seem to be hard for other firms.
     Impressive scale of clients and outstanding depth of client work
    There is pressure – balancing returns for the firm against happy clients, but that is the challenge of the work or any professional services firm.
    Flexibility is key to succeeding and you need to adapt quickly to your environment and different cultures. The most interesting parts of working at the firm are the international colleagues and clients and the prospect of furthering your career, which doesn't depend on who you know but on your skills.

    Cons

    They will some rough days and many late nights - its a law firm - but quality of work is first class and also high profile which explains the high pressure & tough deadlines
    The work environment requires flexibility - lots of it and that is the most important quality demanded here.
    If you lack flexibility you are likely to miss opportunities, both in your personal life and your work.
    Not for the inflexible and impatient.
    Managing volatile clients and deadlines during crunch periods are the most difficult and exciting things that you will ever do.
    Every day is different and dynamic - this can be unsettling and disruptive for your after-work schedule.
    Remember to take the best out of everything and be exposed to different situations and challenging situations.

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  3. 14 people found this helpful  

    Great place but expect to work hard, really hard but also play really hard

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    Current Employee - International Paralegal
    Current Employee - International Paralegal

    I have been working at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very talented and helpful people at this firm, at all levels.
    Having been mentored by great seniors and given excellent opportunities over my 3 years, I consider myself very fortunate.
    Solid professional environment with challenging and rewarding work.
    Staff politics is on a normal scale compared with other workplaces this size.
    Cool mix of large and small clients but always interesting work.
    Early responsibility when you're ready for it.
    Great place but expect to work hard, really hard but also play really hard
    Incredible array of fun stuff to do in Kansai and Japan allows you to play really hard too.

    Cons

    If you can't roll with the punches, you won't last long.
    Not for the weak and the lame.
    Tough salary negotiations - face to face with owner - but mostly fair.
    Very long, very tough hours, with very demanding coworkers and managers.
    Everyone is relatively hard driving especially during deadlines.
    More delicate and fragile personalities should stay away

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    Rewarding but stressful work environment.

    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Sakai, Osaka (Japan)
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Sakai, Osaka (Japan)

    I worked at Shusaku Yamamoto

    Pros

    Living in Japan, learning a unique culture and meeting people from all over the world. Professionalism was greatly improved. You'll be an expert in Japanese patent prosecution requirements.

    Cons

    High volume and demanding work. You have to be mentally tough. Living in a country where you cannot understand what most of the people around you are talking about (except in the office).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value work life balance.

  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    Those who have a positive and can-do attitude will have the best time of their lives - professionally and personally!

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant

    I have been working at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive colleagues. Fast-paced and positive work environment.
    Great camaraderie; everyone cares for each other.
    Can't complain about benefits and salary. Work teams efficient, friendly and frank.
    High level of expertise in innovation and high tech; plenty of room and opportunity for professional growth.
    As other reviewers have said, the people -- by and large great colleagues -- make the firm.
    Those who have a positive and can-do attitude will have the best time of their lives - professionally and personally!

    Cons

    Little tolerance for nonperformers.
    Open office format means very litle privacy and people can't help but overhear what you're talking - this can sometimes lead to people mishearing things and becoming paranoid.
    Firm hires likeminded individuals and it won't be hard to find friends and you'll get along great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten up the recruitment and do not hire grads from lower tier universities

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  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Something clicked for me in the fast-paced environment

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    Current Employee - International Paralegal
    Current Employee - International Paralegal

    I have been working at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    SY has given me so many different opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally
    Gained a truckload of experience, picked up a lot of technical and specialised knowledge and met new people who have become solid buddies for life.
    Something clicked for me in the fast-paced environment
    No two days are the same, and every client is different so it is challenging to try to learn everything so quickly, but that is just part of what makes it so enjoyable and fulfilling.
    Every day is different and dynamic – as new things keep coming, Constantly learning and taking the best out of everything after being exposed to different and challenging situations

    Cons

    Too fast paced for some
    Intensely challenging and bewildering in the beginning - you better get the hang of it sooner rather than later
    Open office layout initially makes it difficult to really concentrate but over time you won't notice the hustle/bustle around you.
    Long week nights for work/cases means no yoga in the evenings (mornings are fine) but you can really enjoy your weekends uninterrupted
    Dynamic and different means that you are drained but there are ample chances to recharge your batteries with great Japanese food and travels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free gym

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    Positive Outlook
  8. 30 people found this helpful  

    Terrific co-workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing great is ever easy and this place clearly fits that bill.
    I've been pleasantly surprised at the friendly atmosphere and work environment.
    Terrific, fun & easy going co-workers.
    Cases are numerous and fast-paced.
    Details are key. Get exposed to many fascinating clients & technologies.
    Great exposure and learning at a very early stage in your career.
    If you like challenging, cutting edge work with innovative clients, this is the place to be.
    Takes a while to grow on you but couldn't have asked for better.

    Cons

    Work-life balance during week nights is non-existent, but if you're in a law firm so you already knew that.
    Clients are very demanding and that's how capitalism works
    Long unpredictable hours
    Demanding for brain power and commitment

    Recommends
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  9. 36 people found this helpful  

    Some of the best clients and best cases

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best clients and best cases.
    Excellent work and great colleagues!
    People here were some of the most fun, awesome and driven I have ever met.
    Can be stressful, but everyone is incredibly supportive.
    Opportunities to grow here are very good, if you prove yourself with results.
    Opportunity to gain first class legal and technical skills.
    Management expects you to manage your own schedule and be proactive about taking on challenging assignments and when you do they genuinely encourage and reward you.

    Cons

    High pressure. Stressful work.
    Pretty ruthless in rooting out underperformers
    Long hours are typical law firm hours
    You only have yourself to blame for poor work/life balance because everyone really enjoys themselves after hours

    Recommends
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  10. 28 people found this helpful  

    Memorable work, great friends and coworkers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, memorable work and great friends and coworkers - very professional and positive atmosphere.
    Mostly everyone - including some in management - that you work with are approachable and committed.
    Ever changing technology clients, therefore you gain loads of experience doing different things.
    Overall, the culture at the working level is constructive and trusting. Nothing better than working with people who want to make a difference, focus/get on with their work and have a great time on weekends

    Cons

    Hours are typical for a law firm which is to be expected, i.e. you do what is required to get the job done.
    You get to really enjoy only your weekends
    Law firm work/life balance
    Very demanding & fast paced place to work, that culture doesn't suit a small minority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 27 people found this helpful  

    Quite the experience ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shusaku Yamamoto full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    and in a positive surprising way. I worked with a very diverse group of people that always made work and not work mostly fun and always interesting.
    The pay is great (for good performers) and so were the other benefits associated with it.
    Very good natured and generous co-workers, which is important since you are going to spend so much time there.
    If you are a motivated and dedicated individual, you will be rewarded.
    Fast-paced environment with a lot of opportunity to take on responsibility

    Cons

    its a grind for the first couple of months after that as long as you learn quickly, you can make a way for yourself pretty well.
    For real satisfaction/success expect to put in the hours and some serious dedication. If looking for a job to coast this isn't the place.

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