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"Work here until you find something better"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

* They offer funding for professional development; you can take classes outside of work.
* You are able to meet / interact with a lot of different people interested in Japan related issues- many high level intellectuals.
* Not a lot of work sometimes so you can do other things during the day- read up on Japan issues, or pursue personal development.

Cons

* The Directors treat their subordinates really poorly and for the most part don't respect them.
* Management is very slow to act and / or modernize operations.
* Decision-making is not transparent or collaborative.
* During the interview process, they make the job sound much more intellectual and program management oriented. In actuality, you are nothing but a glorified secretary making photocopies in triplicate, returning emails, and filing ad infinitum. They want people with a Masters degree but the responsibilities are more suited to those with no more than a Bachelors and fresh out of school.
* There is a workplace bully, which has resulted in high turnover in the program which they are a part of. They control information access and have no interest in making improvements if the ideas don't originate with them.
* The turnover rate is very high.
* Teamwork is not encouraged.

Advice to Management

* Establish office meetings so people know what is going on.
* Implement good ideas- even if they don't come from you.
* Address work place conflict.

Other Employee Reviews for Japan Foundation

  1. "xxx"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to work with native Japanese speakers. Very flexible and understanding about your schedule.

    Cons

    No pay internship. Basically volunteer work.

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