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Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Prestigious within the field; Relatively undemanding schedule; Good benefits and vacation time; Friendly co-workers

Cons

Management not transparent; Salary low; No opportunities for advancement

Advice to Management

Encourage innovation and offer opportunities for advancement

Other Employee Reviews for Japan Foundation

  1. "Little More Than A Stepping Stone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Japan Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    • Frequent opportunities to travel.

    • Fair benefits package: higher-than-average overtime and per diem, annual medical check-up, generous medical coverage, transportation allowance, free parking.

    • Good work/life balance due to early work schedule of 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. with one-and-a-half hour lunchtime.

    • Broad range of interesting projects that expose a variety of arts and culture in the Asian region.

    Cons

    • Virtually no career advancement for local staff. No matter the duration or quality of your work, you will remain in the same position for the entire duration of your employment. Fine for fresh graduates looking for experience, not so much for those seeking fulfilling long-term careers.

    • Local staff do not receive equal compensation or respect as compared to our Japanese counterparts. There is a wide chasm of pay and privilege by virtue of nationality, even if two officers ostensibly belong to the same level in the organisation hierarchy. Management is quick to blame local employees and dismiss their ideas, but would try their darndest to be politely diplomatic if the fault lies with the Japanese staff and absolutely fawn over their input.

    • On that note, don't expect management to leap to your defense when it comes to third parties. Project partners, collaborators, participants, whoever are placed on a pedestal and you better bend over backwards serving their demands.

    • "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" seems to be the driving mantra here. Senior officers and management would rather stay within their comfort zone of doing things they way they've always been, resisting numerous suggestions to improve or modernise operations.

    • Work gets old very fast. Every day is a list of menial tasks to tick off: replying emails, data entry, filing documents, packing printed material. It is extremely easy to fall into the trap of complacency.


  2. "Good starter internship"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Japan Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    Great place to start if you're trying to:
    A. Have an introduction to the Japanese work place/want to work in Japan
    B. Are looking for a meaningful, low commitment internship during the semester

    Everyone there is really nice, goes out of their way to help you, and will adjust their level of Japanese to whatever makes you feel comfortable.

    Can't stress enough what a fantastic workplace it is.

    Cons

    Not really brain-busting work. Mostly database management with a little menial labor on the side. Not all that exciting either. Have to get used to working long hours on a single project that involves a lot of mindless typing.

    Unpaid, but free green tea, so that's nice.

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