I worked at Matsui International full-time (More than 5 years)
No micro managing of your time great health benefits and easy going work environment. Many of the employees are very friendly and always willing to help. Paid vacation and major holidays off.
The president of the company lacks the qualities of a true leader and is unwilling to listen to the people he is paying to provide him with insight in the Market place. As with many other Japanese companies they are beholden to their Parent Company "MSC" in Japan. What compounds matters is that any major decisions relating to prices and raw materials to fabricate their products all must go through the Japan office. This means that your request for a reduced price for a major company could take weeks to receive an answer, which is often "No" or is tide to some ridiculous MOQ request.
Because of the strong influence from their parent company in Japan, Matsui Intl has had a tough time trying to operate a Japanese business model in an American Market. Management seems unwilling to take the advice of their sales teams and instead make decisions based on Japan's perception of the market place. Afraid to think out of the box and explore outside their comfort zones , they continue to drudge along doing the same things over and over again, making the same mistakes and expecting different results. The CEO believes the problem is with his employees and not with the direction he has set for the company. What should be apparent by now is that no matter how many different sales people you go through the results will always be the same if Change is not made from the top rather than the bottom.
Many good people who could have pushed this company to soaring heights were under appreciated and left or were fired.
Advice to Management
Take leadership seminars, truly listen to what your sales team is telling you they need. Instead of ignoring their request. Take a risk and make efforts to have Matsui Intl be more than just another distributor for MSC. There is strength in the company which comes from a product that is truly above reproach but the weaknesses in your company stem from your leadership skills.
My question to you is what will you do with this criticism? Will you ever see it? Will you ignore it as the ramblings of a disgruntled ex employee? Or will you take from it the parts that are consecutive to improving your position as a CEO?
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