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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A more promising future..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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 to make a transition in your profession as you will most likely be wearing many hats.
    You get to travel around for conventions if you'd like, and be in the industry professional which has perks in itself.

    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
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga full-time (More than 3 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 a world class clown, in so many ways. If you can tolerate his unpractical ideas and lopsided theories, this is a place for you. Work it self is pretty easy.

    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" to anything you ask him for.

    Have you noticed, their website has TONS of "new" openings? They are all bogus listings. They are never hiring in an official capacity. The owner instructs his HR and directors to put bogus postings so he can collect resumes and he calls them in for interviews. Resume collecting is his hobby.

    I worked for him for 4 years. I didn't quit this company. I quit the owner.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't exist.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "AVOID AT ALL COSTS"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Marketing & Events in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Manager of Marketing & Events in Gardena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga (More than a year)

    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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga full-time (Less 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 (typically the native Japanese speakers) no matter how long you've worked there
    -Your ideas or modern ideas are shut down
    -Their ideas are outdated but set and stone
    -No connection with other employees
    -Disorganized
    -Change isn't something that happens often here so be prepared to do a simple task in a specific complicated tedious way
    -Likely no advancement or promotion
    -Older management has no idea what's popular or trending and have outdated ideas on what their modern audience wants and the fans they do have get forgotten
    -If you aren't liked by older management they will make it obvious that they don't like you, they'll use you up until you can't take it anymore until you decided to quit making you feel bad. They feel little guilt in how they treat their employees and costumers and won't listen to change or reason
    -You're easily replaceable, and have little to no value or input

    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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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Gardena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Digital Manga full-time (More than 3 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 or customer service
    - pays freelancers below the standard rate and gives them poor treatment, and even doesn't pay them
    - relies too much on Kickstarters (CEO even slips suspicious amounts that doesn't add up to intending goal
    - CEO is too ignorant and arrogant and will try to demean no matter what. Not worth it for low pay.
    -Lastly, they never believing their own mistake and always tries to blame somebody, even if they do not work for the company anymore.

    I advise to stay away from this employer at all costs. It creates toxic habits that doesn't transfer well to other employers!

    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
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sad Days"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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. New ideas and suggestions are constantly shut down and eventually employees move on. The company culture is almost non existent.

    Advice to Management

    You need new management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Falling Apart"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 is intolerable.
    - No one is paid the wages they deserved. Don't get me started with DMG and other localizers not being paid...
    - People are fired without warning and without reason.
    - Having money issues? How about not having someone spend hundreds of dollars a month so they can import books for their viewing pleasure.
    - Ignores national holidays.

    There are many more issues I have with this company, but these points will have to do for now.

    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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