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Hikaru Sasahara
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A more promising future..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Digital Manga full-time

    Pros

    The company culture has really started taking a turn for the better ever since newer Management came in. The office is not dead silent anymore and its beginning to have a fun start-up type vibe to it. Everyone has a voice and the ability to make very impactful changes to the company. A LOT of opportunity in terms of developing your skillset which is great, most likely if you are fresh out of college, or just looking...

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    Cons

    Below market rate salary, benefits are very basic. Archaic and questionable HR practices, older staff and management is still unwilling to change which hinders the growth of the company. The office can still be pindrop silent at times when Marketing is not engaging in conversation. Lack of transparency in roles and communication sometimes makes me question what some people actually do in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring more qualified people and offer up a higher salary and more perks to keep them around. No matter which way you look at it, 2 or 3 minimum wage employees will never equal 1 qualified one. Overall though, I am excited for the future of DMI.

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Uninspiring work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    If you are: 1) fresh out of college 2) got no industry experience 3) needing a semi-full time job that pays so-so 4) looking for a job that's not restaurant related and min wage + tips kind 5) Just looking for a random M-F 8-5 desk job 6) and desperately needing to fill some blank space on your resume that looks half way decent... if you can answer YES to all of the above, this is a place for you. The owner is...

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    Cons

    Employees are generally nice and easy to get along. But the owner is something else. His thought process is very so backwards, outdated, old school Japanese way, pre-WWII'era style. He is prejudice against non-Japanese employees. He has a favorite and not-so-favorite employee list. For his favorite employees, he buy them lunches and dinners, approves vacation days excessively, give them overtime and he'll say "yes"...

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    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't exist.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "AVOID AT ALL COSTS"

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    Former Employee - Manager of Marketing & Events in Gardena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -great coworkers -free manga (mostly outdated yaoi and lackluster hentai) -attendance at conventions, if you like that sort of thing

    Cons

    -terrible, top heavy management -outdated ideas, slow to change anything -heavy favoritism to native Japanese speakers -poor leadership is always changing ideas and yelling at employees for not keeping up -poor use of employees' skill sets and strengths -"reorganizing" the corporate structure every six months -extremely poor financial management, including sketchy Kickstarter campaigns

    Advice to Management

    -stop treating your employees like they're disposable -positively act on customer feedback in a reasonable amount of time -don't take respectful employee disagreement personally; it's not about you, it's about the good of the company -to the president: being petty and vindictive when things don't go your way and "letting go" of good employees who dare to disagree with you will get you a lot of nothing in the end

  4. "Freelance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Digital Manga

    Pros

    Easy money, nice supervisors. It's quick work that can be knocked out in a few hours with sustained focus. Never had any problems with the company itself or the employees I work with. Can work from home.

    Cons

    Net contracts that keep payment from arriving for months. So you're still taking in work, but still waiting to get paid for previous work. It's frustrating.

  5. "You Don't Matter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -If you like old manga and old hentai manga pornography -Get a feel for the office environment -Possibly going to a convention(s)

    Cons

    -No leadership -No communication (No one talks) -Plenty of miscommunication -Doesn't feel like company is a team -Costumer service means nothing -Constantly blaming others for mistakes that could have been avoided -Environment is uncomfortable and unwelcoming and it is like high school if you don't "fit in" then you don't belong -Especially if you are not a native Japanese speaker -Favortism of other employees...

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    Advice to Management

    -Make your employees feel welcome and heard -Listen to your costumers and former customers -Do more research

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Your have no value here"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Gardena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Coworkers are great and the only reason it's tolerable - free manga - free rides to conventions and boarding

    Cons

    - no management direction - CEO is extremely incompetent and has no idea how his company is run - CEO allows his little petty employee work aggression in the environment - Treats Japanese publishers really poorly and doesn't pay them (not sure how they're standing with a poor rep in Japan) - does not care or value his employees. If CEO doesn't like you, say good bye and will find someone else fast - doesn't care for customers...

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    Advice to Management

    Rethink your treatment to your employees, freelancers, and even other publishers.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Freelance"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Digital Manga

      Pros

      -Able to gain experience localizing manga. -Flexible schedule -Able to work from home.

      Cons

      Did not receive compensation for work and all communication with company ended without notice.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Sad Days"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Digital Manga

      Pros

      You can have a flexible work schedule. Several good restaurants around the company's office location to enjoy lunch.

      Cons

      The management at this company is so poor. There is very little leadership and if direction is given it is generally useless. The turnover rate is insanely high. Most employees are newly graduated or just starting out in the work force. There are hardly any experienced individuals. The ones that have been there a long time are burnt out and have no drive left. Most people that apply just want to work in the manga industry....

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      Advice to Management

      You need new management.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Falling Apart"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Digital Manga

      Pros

      They're still using my ideas and what I've built for them (even if some things are now outdated).

      Cons

      They're always 10 steps behind and there is little appreciation from the management.

      Advice to Management

      Your name can live on forever through your company if you offer something you would genuinely pay for.

    • Helpful (6)

      "If you want to work in the Manga Industry, do NOT work here."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Digital Manga

      Pros

      The good things: - Co-workers are great. They are the only reasons why work is tolerable. - If you like conventions, they will attend a couple each year. Sometimes company paid depending where it's located. - Flexible work schedule. But odds are you will forever be part-time.

      Cons

      Where to begin: - Management is a complete joke. They are all stubborn and never want to listen to any ones opinions. What to change something about a book? Good Luck. Nothing like old people not wanting to change with the times. - CEO is dragging down the company because he would rather watch his company burn to print Tezuka (his pet project) than to print actual titles that will make money. - The micromanagement...

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      Advice to Management

      Pay your employees fair wages. Change your management team. Don't make business changing decisions because you want to do things YOU want to publish, not the audience. I'm surprised this company has been around for as long as it has.

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