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East West Consulting K.K. Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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Pros
  • There are lots of opportunities to make connections and learn about the business world and sales in general (in 3 reviews)

  • Best place to get a corporate job in Tokyo, they basically hire anybody (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • s true that they are spying on employees, your computer email and phone calls will be monitored (in 6 reviews)

  • Lets put it this way, first day employees are known to say they are going to "lunch" and never come back (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "No better company in Japan for foreigners"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Osaka, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Osaka, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    being that you are an English teacher with zero marketable skills in a foreign country where you probably only sort of speak the language, this is the ONLY company that will hire you, sponsor your visa and give you a shot in Japan.
    Don't waste it if you are given the chance.
    The people who gave it a bad review are people who thought they could live a relaxed life like the English teacher they used to be, instead of a consultant like they were supposed to become.
    There is nothing impossible about this job and anyone who tries hard can succeed.

    Cons

    breed much of their own competition


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Forever in my thoughts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to learn end to end recruitment in a highly competitive high energy environment. Chance to work with successful recruitment characters and top billers. An opportunity to experience truly effective HR practices and employee development in an empowering environment. A chance to build relationships with fellow employees in a supportive culture. A chance to learn about how Japan really works and improve yourself as a new entrant to the Japanese employment market, that is they will give people with that illusive "X" factor a chance to go to the inner circle of recruitment. Are you ready to find out if you are made of the right stuff and what the inner circle is? You might be suprised, I was.

    Cons

    Some people will talk about the challenging KPIs, surveillance culture (calls are recorded, work space is recorded, key loggers are used on computers- all standard things that average recruitment companies all do to bring out the best in their staff and preserve their intellectual property, no big brother here). Also some people may say they don't spend money on training or developing their staff, I completely disagree I think in my case they spent a lot. Training was intensive, including close mentoring, observational learning and shadowing, in addition to standard training. I could learn about old school headhunting, online/offline research, conflict resolution in a friendly environment, different types of businesses and eventually the inner workings of Japan :).

    Advice to Management

    As other reviewers have accurately pointed out, no cons, management is very kind, too kind in fact. I would like to write a book about my experiences, if I find myself with extra time on my hands, to show my appreciation. Might be an interesting read. Advice- don't change you know what you are doing and can effectively teach others to do the same thing. I for one, learned a lot.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Closed-Minded Family Business that Means Well, but Just Doesn't Get it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Recruitment Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. (More than a year)

    Pros

    I liked that you actually do learn some valuable skills, and get insight into what the labour market is like "behind the scenes", and how organizations are structured and operating day-to-day. I found that pretty fascinating.
    As far as career development goes, I have gotten a ton of (unwanted, unsolicited) interest from other recruiters who wanted me to work for them after this experience. So if you want to be a recruitment consultant, this could be a great stepping stone because it's pretty cut-throat. If you can make it here for at least a year, you will probably raise your employability a lot in terms of a sales career path. And if that's for you... then god help you.

    Cons

    If you don't like doing cold calling, this will probably be painful for you. For me, it was absolutely soul-crushing. It not only turned me off of recruiting, but sales in general. I want nothing to do with it. I changed my career after doing this. As for the company itself, EWC has no idea what they're doing in terms of training or HR development. You'd think a company with 30 years of experience would have learnt something by now, but since it somehow has decent SEO, it churns out enough suckers who are desperate for a working visa that it sort of makes up for it, since these inevitable job-hoppers may bring in a good candidate every now and then. Ultimately, this company is notorious in the recruitment scene in Japan. And it's certainly true that a lot of the people who work there are dicks. But I didn't hate most of them. The problem, really, is that the job sucks and you don't get good support. If you love and are good at sales, you may enjoy it here. But considering I have never been in a company (or even heard of one) with such a high turnover rate, chances are, you won't. In fact, one of the reason that people are dicks here is because they know that there isn't much point in making friends with newbies, because they will inevitably quit... so they just don't care.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your competitors. You have a HR development (training) problem, as well as a cultural problem. But from what I hear, it hasn't really changed in decades, so I don't expect it to in the future


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I could ever end up in Japan;-)!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work hard, pays well, lots of opportunity and freedom:-)!
    Been here for 10 years and do not consider to change!

    In short, grass is not greener in other companies, still you will need to do the same job wherever you go: “Position” + “Find Candidate” => Placement!

    Cons

    President of EWC has good heart (sometimes too good) and will give chance to pretty much everyone decent who has decent work and business etiquettes => most of associates consultants who start has never done headhunting (same was with me when I started here, I was high risk as barely spoke English, I didn’t know anything on recruitment when started at EWC) => I needed to learn many new skills and it is fast pace environment “genki” type => EWC gave me the opportunity to try the job, I succeeded and very happy!
    Saying that I also realized not everyone is cut to be recruiter, some people give up to early that may create high stuff turnover within the new people mainly.

    My tip:work hard, be patient and you can become successful recruiter!!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A great opportunity."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    After being an English teacher on the JET progamme, I was looking for a greater challenge and decided to join East West Consulting. I was a bit nervous at first because i did not know what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how friendly everyone was and I also felt comfortanle with the work I was doing within a few months.

    EWC taught me a lot about the business world and how professionals are valued in the market, which lead me towards my decision to resign in order to persue my MBA.

    EWC gets you working with clients from very early in your career and is the best environment for a self starter type. It's not for everyone, but if you want a challenge and grow, you should definitiley give it a shot.

    Cons

    The freedom offered is good, but there could also be more clarity and structure in certain areas.

    Advice to Management

    The competition has caught up with EWC by copying it's ways. Need to innovate to get ahead again.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Best challenge in my life thus far"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -The relationships I have been able to build with my colleagues, candidates, and clients has been a highlight. I would not trade the current office dynamic for anything.

    - I started off not knowing a single thing about my industry (pharma) and now my network values me as trustworthy consultant.

    - I knew I could be greater than what I was doing in the past, and EWC gave me the opportunity to prove it.

    Cons

    - I would prefer to be able to work from home, but I also understand due to security policies it's not going to happen.

    Advice to Management

    The recent change in brining in a full time trainer was a very strong move.
    Lets keep taking steps in the right direction.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "High turnover / cold calling / No real training"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They will give the chance to anyone if they feel you can do it.
    Even if you do not have any background on recruiting / sales...
    If you do well, you can have a good compensation / benefits.

    Cons

    Very high turnover. In one year working at EWC, 35 peoples, included consultants, assistants left.
    They will ask you to scout only by cold calling (no LinkedIn etc.).

    Even if you managed to meet candidate on date in order to leave on time, they will complain to you because you shall stay until 8 - 9 pm.

    No real management. You are by your own.
    If you like to be 100% free, it will fit you ! but otherwise...


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time

    Pros

    hard to say, but you can make some lifelong friends here enduring this journey to hell together

    Cons

    - low pay, no overtime, have to push for health insurance and visa (legal issues)
    - no structure has ever been put into place / no management present at all
    - they listen to your phone calls, read your emails, and have cameras monitoring you all over the office
    - block essential tools for recruiters, such as linkedin
    - name collecting is all you will be allowed to do; won't get your own clients and if you're doing well, they've fired people seamlessly no reason
    - FULL commission draw system - makes it very unlikely you will ever see bonuses
    - Unprofessional work atmosphere
    - people are hired and fired every week
    - some people go on lunch and never come back due to this company

    Advice to Management

    Re-structure your company asap, trust your employees, don't be cheap, and give the workers motivation and the tools to succeed rather than having employees on a carousel in and out every week


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Make the best of it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company experience is best way to train yourself to be an entrepreneur in recruiting.

    Cons

    There is no reason to complain or whine on here. Work hard and be successful. Failure teaches people how to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Everything is fine. Consultants can develop their careers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Learn a lot, but long hours and tough industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Recruiting Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Executive Recruiting Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at East West Consulting K.K. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learn new industry, learn about sales, consulting, work with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    Long hours, but I didn't mind so much. Japanese are very conservative about job change, so tough sell.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate certain industries for consultants to not work in, i.e. manufacturing. Salary offers were often too low, candidates too conservative to consider changing jobs, and clients were too picky.



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