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Fusion Systems Japan Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  1. "Great place to begin a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people. Very hard workers.

    Cons

    Very long hours. You need to work very hard to succeed here.


  2. "Worked for Fusion at Los Angeles location"

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

    I worked at Fusion Systems Japan full-time

    Pros

    Low stress working environment. High independence when competing tasks.

    Cons

    Low office morale. Low career growth potential. Poor intracompany communication.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "the worst job i've ever had. positively, any job afterwards can only get better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fusion Systems Japan full-time

    Pros

    is it sad that i can't think of a single pro? i really tried... but i can rattle off tons of cons

    Cons

    laughable salary. make sure you negotiate well because raises and bonuses are non-existent words at this company. 5 COMBINED vacation/sick days. partners are only happy if you're out making money. be prepared to be unhappy & unsatisfied while here. they will constantly tell you that they're in an "entrepreneur phase" and that you have to live uncomfortably if you want to live large and reap the benefits later on. they've been saying that for years. they will always tell you company is doing badly so they don't have to give any raises. if you ask for a raise, they will tell you that you'll get one in a few months, then just shun you again in a few months. if you want to torture yourself, work here. if not, stay away at all costs!

    Advice to Management

    too much advice to give that wouldn't be taken anyways


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  5. "Good place to dive into fintech world"

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    Former Employee - C++ Developer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - C++ Developer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fusion Systems Japan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are in the Raptor team (major Fusion Systems product for financial market):
    - You're in fintech c++ elite in Asia;
    - Will be work on a high-end low latency system;
    - Clients are top world banks;
    - Will have to master you skills in C++ every day: be prepared for meta-programming, multi-threading, low-level programming, memory management and writing custom implementations for standard algorithms to make them faster than stl/boost, etc.

    Cons

    Bad working conditions: you will get a tiny desk with ancient notebook and grandma's monitor;
    No project management at all: different people trying to manage projects time-to-time with no much luck;

    Advice to Management

    You already have excellent developers.
    Get a proper project management and improve work/life balance and working environment in the office.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place for foreigners to start a career in Tokyo"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment, almost no overtime, 100% English environment ... although in Japan.

    Cons

    Small in size, so there are almost no rules and regulations (benchmarks) against which your performance can be measured... Everything depends on how well you can please/ be liked by managers.

    Advice to Management

    If you start implementing annual salary increments, it will help you retain people.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to grow ... until you outgrow it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fusion Systems Japan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're young, ambitious and hardworking, you'll be thrown into a lot of deep ends - it's a good way to learn and you WILL learn a lot. A few years here will be excellent experience to leverage later.

    Cons

    Eventually you'll want more from the company, but you won't get it. Not just salary, but any kind of say in how things are/should be done. You'll also have matured and demand more leadership and proper management from your boss. Nah, that's not gonna happen either. At this point, you'll probably want to leave. Other firms (probably clients you've worked at) will know your worth and treat you accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to software - or else hire specialists in other areas too. Being a good code monkey doesn't make you a good consultant, project manager, infrastructure guy, etc., and you're not fooling anyone by putting the wrong guy in the wrong role just to snag the fee.


  8. "Well know for some of the smartest entrepreneurial folk in Japan. Has a great vibe and great work-life balance."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fusion Systems Japan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Feel involved all the way down (and up) in making a valuable company. Very dynamic. Ownership and responsibility is yours if you have the drive and prove yourself. I guess this is the encouraged formula. The MOST minimalist management "interference" in your space when you prove yourself. Got lots of support and encouragement.

    Cons

    Fusion Systems I was a very well known force in the 90s. It's a smaller operation now but tighter. My feeling is that departments could synergies better. There is no room for any level of inefficiency in such a small company. Looks to be getting worked out I think.

    Advice to Management

    Need someone with a COO "hat" kicking butt internally to "oil the machine".


  9. "A lot of axe-grinding going on here."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fusion Systems Japan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fusion is a startup whose business is highly sensitive to sentiment in global capital markets. Fusion was ambushed by the financial crisis and has survived industry volatility by being agile and expedient. On the positive this means that you can get a lot of diverse experience quickly. if you're entrepreneurial and have a good work ethic, then lots of opportunities exist. For developers, a lot of great technology in use.

    Cons

    Lack of management support, combined with what can seem like incoherent direction (see other reviews). Resulting internal instability has meant that only the most committed employees have prospered, while quite a few others have fallen by the wayside over the years. Staff who were unproductive merely due to a lack of direction have left. Unprofitable businesses have been downsized. Oftentimes this results in ex-employees who feel burned by a false promise.

    Advice to Management

    With the business environment out of crisis mode and enabling more sustained growth, management should refocus on organizational stability and providing consistent support and direction to staff.


  10. "Overall it was OK"

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fusion Systems Japan full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They provide opportunity for the beginners as well as experienced professionals.

    Cons

    Not a stable company and no job security, can fire once the project is over.


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Not a great place to work - that is the understatement of the year"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fusion Systems Japan full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Thrown in a difficult situation so that you can learn new things.

    Cons

    No support from management. Poor project management and scope of work. No loyalty to those that put in ungodly hours. You may expect to work 80 hours a week. You do not get paid for 45 hours of overtime per month (as specified in all their contracts).

    Advice to Management

    You need to give better support and listen to your team.


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