Sumitomo Corporation of America

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Sumitomo Corporation of America Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
11 Reviews
3.5
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company -- enjoyed it a lot.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are nice. Work is interesting and challenging. Everyone wants to do the best that they can and there is definitely a warm feeling around the office.

    Cons

    Moving up can be a bit difficult, but not impossible. Depends on who you network with. Salary could definitely be better, but no complaints.

  2.  

    Good place for an ambitious younger worker

    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A professional organization with high quality products, good benefit program including both a 401K and a company sponsored pension plan

    Cons

    Delivery and quality of some products is suspect leading to difficulty maintaining or growing the customer base

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the importance of the customer and respond to their repeated requests for improved quality and delivery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Focus and capable team striving for excellent under a professional and pleasant working culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Organization values each persons contribution and encourages professional growth.

    Cons

    Not very transparent decision making at a high level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate difficulties and strength and strategic plans and execution progress more transparently and frequently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    No Work Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    International Operations and Learning School provided by company

    Cons

    Highly male-dominated in various departments you see this when Japanese culture clashes with US operations and mindset. They offer "Cross Cultural" Training but even then I think they fail to address the Japanese rotational staff about US values and business operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give same opportunites that SC Tokyo employees receive to US SCOA employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is great, as long as you get paid raises

    Cons

    benefits are not all that! Must do better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Okay to work for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Master Distributor Trading Company for OCTG, Line Pipe, and Specialty Pipe.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, 7 hour workday (non managers). 13 paid holidays. Great location (across from the mall, shops, and restaurants. Covered free parking. Senior Management conscious of health and safety for employees. Ex: If bad weather, office will close to protect employee's well being.

    Cons

    Rotating Japanese staff (4 year assignments) cause cultural difficulties with permanent American staff. Example: non manager gets a new boss every 4 years and sometimes find it difficult to adapt to Japanese expectations. Frequent organizational retstructuring. Cubicle style, little opportunity for advancement. Lots of e-learning courses but no formal job training. Top heavy organization (more managers than non managers). Managers frequently work 12 hour days and sometimes weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This is good place to work, if you are lucky enough to get a good manager.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, non management staff ok.

    Cons

    Environment, work culture. Very poor work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are not robots. Humans make mistakes, it's going to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I has been a great learning experience for me, working in different styles of management and diversity .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diversity , Exposure to real world, learning opportunity, project based work environment , great culture, international travel and work experience , good compensation , career path, diversified portfolio makes it unique and rich history of the company makes the culture of the company very sustainable.

    Cons

    International travel is tough on family life at times , internal consulting company so less customer interaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work if you Japanese

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits are amazing, office location is nice

    Cons

    No american upper managment, all upper managment (senior) is japanese. They openly speak japanese in front of non japanese speaking staff. Very quick to judge and extremly slow to forgive if an error occurs. Took this position for the pay and benefits, had I have known what I was getting into I may have passed. Regardless of title if an american manages japanese staff the japanese staff have a greater ability for direct access to upper managment because they are japanese.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior managment should walk the floors more and interact with lower level employees. You have countless hard working employees that get zero attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Worked for Sumitomo Asia, a Great company and great culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Markeing Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Markeing Manager in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Sumitomo Corporation of America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the strongest and reputed Japanese Trading house with more than 200 yrs history with built in inherent strength.

    Cons

    Bit slow (though steady) in decision making and loosing edge a bit against aggressive western organisations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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