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Fusion Systems Japan Reviews

Updated June 24, 2018
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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. Helpful (5)

    "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 (12)

    "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


  4. "Some feedback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fusion Systems Japan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It has very friendly and diversity respecting work atmosphere, which makes the people easier to be communicating and working with each other. Moreover, it's an English-speaking international company, a better place for foreign engineers to start working in Japan.

    Cons

    It noticed that sometimes staff would have to support some other tasks which are required for completing the mission but has nothing to do with your professional because of the shortage of labor.

    For example, if you're a software engineer who speaks a language in which a client is using, you may be requested to support some tasks such as document translation, client communication and tons of email back & forth. Of course, as an engineer, we have to do these by ourselves sometimes but it would be annoying if these stuff turns out to be occupying most of the work hours that force you away from the coding works.

    Advice to Management

    Here is my advice:
    1. Making sure what's the employees' personal career goal and what's the works they really don't want to spend too much time on and respect it. Please don't try to save money by asking people to do something they might be able to do well but they don't want to. If you don't pay and hire enough staff to handle all the workloads together properly, people might just leave suddenly which will definitely worsen the situation of labor shortage and you, as a manager, would to forced to face the uncertainty if you can find a qualified person to fit the same role, which wouldn't be better than just hire enough people to make sure everything can be running smoothly.

    2. If you're going to ask people to do the multiple task support, which should be fine as long as the salary package can be renegotiated (seems the high management usually wouldn't raise this topic first when they're trying to ask people do more than they're paid at this moment, which is not good. The reason is if you don't take the initiative and make the package commensurate with the workloads and all professionals required, then the employee usually would take what they deserve back by some other ways, such as change jobs )

    I know having a certain degree of work flexibility on works is good for the company, which is not necessarily good for the employee because it may be harmful to their career development. For example, it doesn't make much sense to ask a software developer who just wanna to be focusing on software development to do "too much" client-facing, translating and administration works, cuz it could be contradicting to his personal career goal even he/she can do these works pretty well a potential manager.

    Last but not least, I left many comments here because I wish this company can be getting better and better. I'd say it's a pretty nice place for us foreigners to work together in Japan and I highly appreciate all the effects everyone has been made for making this company be a truly international and diversity-respecting environment, and I wish I can contribute some feedback which might make the company even better.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Poor working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fusion Systems Japan full-time

    Pros

    I tried to think of pros, but like other reviewers mentioned there are very few. Maybe that the office code is fairly casual in terms of dress and you might have some flexibility in terms of working hours and when you take your lunch break (if you are not assigned to a client-site).

    Cons

    TOXIC working environment filled with petty drama and endless office politics. All companies have this, but Fusion takes it to another level. Working conditions can vary immensely by project, but like other reviews said - if you want to make yourself miserable, work here.

    Advice to Management

    I decided to give two stars instead of one only because the CEO of the company is a good guy and he seems to have constructive ideas for improving the workplace. He hired a new head of HR last year and she’s taken a lot of positive steps to help with employee morale, including changes to salary increments and performance reviews. Some of the partners (predictably) don’t like it and are totally against her - but that’s exactly why the CEO needs to keep her around.

    CEO needs to find a way remove a couple of the toxic parters - everybody working at the company would know which partners I’m referring to. Working conditions would no doubt instantly improve. Fusion has the potential to be a great company, but not so long as these partners are around.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Software Development at Tokyo"

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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

    I cannot think of any Pros.

    Cons

    Tons of cons to mention. Pay is crap. Contract is crap. Power tripping management. No one knows how to manage developers. Lot's of politics and brown nosing around. Your manager will not care about your performance as long as you always say yes and stay silent.


  7. "Fusions Systems Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fusion Systems Japan full-time

    Pros

    Good for fresh graduates, young people who want to enter to the financial industry. Good knowledge, friendly people.

    Cons

    Sometimes tasks are driven by the clients and you need to handle their complains. Less competitive to investment banks or other big companies.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not a place you want to be at for a long time."

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

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

    Pros

    - The company has mostly international people which are generally very nice and open.
    - The working hours are 40 hours a week, which basically means 9:00-18:00 every day (with an hour break inbetween), and you are generally not expected to make extra hours.
    - The location of the company is very central.
    - Good place to start, you're very free to learn what you want. Also by being here for a while you can see some critical things that the upper management does wrong from which you can learn.
    - If you really want to go to Tokyo and really can't find another job, Fusion is a great stepping stone to obtain a visa.
    - Daily tech-manager (not the president/general manager) of Software Solutions team is a smart guy.

    Cons

    - The working equipment is very bad. Although the laptop you get is not bad, there are hardly any office supplies like mice, mousepads or monitors. Especially the monitors make you think you just went back in time to when Intel Pentium was introduced. I read a review back before I wanted to join about 'grandmas monitors', and have found this to be more than true.
    - Salaries are really low for a developer. Easily, if you look for a bit, you will find a job in Tokyo which will pay way better. Next to this low pay Fusion doesn't offer any extra reimbursement for e.g. your transportation costs and overtime, saying that it's "part of your salary".
    - Hard work is not appreciated enough. People only care about you being in the office for the given hours. After a while, you'll barely be working and doing your own stuff all day, and nobody even cares/
    - Managers will try to avoid talking to you and prevent any social events which would make you talk to other people, so that you don't realize what a shitty job you're in.
    - The Japanese Partner/President in charge of the Software Solutions team looks really nice at first and you can easily string up a conversation with him. However, when you propose anything which involves him making an effort/spending money, for example making the company better by improving some bad points, he dodges the question and will never give you what you want, even if you ask him to, for example, just buy a computer mouse for the people who want them. He does NOT care at all about the employees, only about filling his own pockets.
    - There are three different office locations: two on separate floors (5th and 8th) in the same building, and one in another building 20 minutes away. Having these different offices really doesn't help the company atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Please just value your employees more. Give them better tools to work with and give increments to talented people who deserve it. Right now most talented people leave within the year, leaving a small amount of mostly untalented people. Get some people specialized in HR to recognize these situations and improve them. Remember that clienst do not come first. Employees come first, and if you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Bad"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As developer you will learn lots of bad and good code also experience.
    and other is CONS

    Cons

    You will got Fusion toxic:
    lazy,
    not passionate,
    work best to pleasure others,
    build nothing,
    pretend busy,
    not creative,
    dependence on task only.

    as developer you will get shock.
    the more you work hard the more you get pain, not just physic but mental pain.

    this is the level ability in Fusion as developer:

    bad is GREAT,
    average is good,
    good is "be quite please",
    GREAT is "please leave the company now"

    the company would never fired you but you have to find jobs when you are on TOP of you career here,
    this toxic is hard to healed.

    Advice to Management

    do employee Q&A to find toxic person and fire.
    Fusion has capability to be great company.
    all you need to do is take care of internal management.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "The worst job and unprofessional management"

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

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

    Pros

    Cant think any of the pros currently.

    Cons

    If you are in the wrong project, the project managers/BAs will throw every problem to you and using you as the "barrier" to protect their own, still got scold together by the customer everyday. Mentioned to the CEO but only response you will get is that she are still learning and we are improving bla bla bla...

    And the salary NEVER increase.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of protecting the people who are not doing their job who just like vacating in Japan, choose wise people and compensate them.


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