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Kao Corporation Reviews

Updated March 18, 2017
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Kao Corporation President, CEO, and Director Motoki Ozaki
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  • Terrible level structure and hard to move up (in 3 reviews)

  • Parent company is foreign (Japanese) so sometimes the point of view doesn't mesh with American thought processes (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Research Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kao Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very pleasant community work environment

    Cons

    Slow to recognize and reward young talent.


  2. "Very race base place to work if your not Japanese or white your limited in advancement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in High Point, NC
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in High Point, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kao Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Every other weekend off
    Overtime every other week
    Annually you'll get a bonus unless management you'll get it quarterly
    Uniforms you don't have to pay for

    Cons

    Rotating shifts
    12 hr's
    Keep the workers in the plant and no room for advancement depending on race
    Uniforms shrink

    Advice to Management

    Stop seeing color and college background pay more attention to the good workers that do their jobs like you ask and show up to work. Stop holding people back once they find the fit somewhere else in company. Let them leave and grow don't hold them back from a higher paying position. Help the employee that comes to you for help and training to advancement, stop making every excuse just to pacify the situation to get them out your face. Remember a happy worker is a great worker.. and you guys know how a bad worker is they'll slowly poison a shift with there negative and hardships they go through at the company


  3. Helpful (1)

    "CCC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ccc in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Ccc in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kao Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits,Small Company, Parking, Travel options, Global Company.

    Cons

    Company is small. Management is limited, due to older employees not retiring. In other words, ‘there is no ladder to climb. ‘My experience with engaging with HR and management is that this company in not very progressive towards new ways of managing business or thinking outside the box, most are close minded. There are some managers that could be considered ‘bullies’ or rigid and ‘defy change at all cost’.
    Managers are not evaluated on their performances or lack of performance towards their team members and it seems no one really cares about change.
    This company will do a truck load of surveys for employee input but nothing ever changes. It seems, it is to pacify the employees into thinking this company cares but nothing has changed in the 7 years I’ve been with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times and Listen more effectively to the need of employees. Be progressive in culture and be more willing to allow others to investigate job opportunities with in Kao Community.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great job bad company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Salon Consultant
    Former Employee - Salon Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kao Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You make your own schedule as a salon consultant. Have the opportunity to make a lot of money from commission. Build strong relationships with customers.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to grow and move up with the company. Not as ethical of a company as they claim to be. Working for a large corporation leads to layoffs whenever they feel the need.

    Advice to Management

    Have more opportunity to grow. More incentives


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Honest Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Kao Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Financially stable Japanese organization built on an ethical foundation, reputable and quality products.

    Cons

    Not as ethical as they claim to be in the US. Very disorganized corporate structure and inefficient HR dept. Lots of people stuck in their ways and unwilling to adopt more efficient business practices. Inadequate marketing department, supply chain problems, self-absorbed upper management that is completely disconnected from their employees. Poor training, poor IT support. Compensation is not competitive. Limited resources available to the sales and business development group. Unequal work distribution, and ineffective management. Many people are not held accountable for their lack of performance and lots of people "passing the buck". Childish and petty interactions with management. Any questioning, constructive criticism, or ideas for improvement are met with retaliation from management. Many self-important people with huge egos who are not fit for leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, focus on building a professional training program, promote hard workers, evolve to include modern resources, build marketing department and resources, expand education resources, improve customer service (most are very rude to customers), hold managers accountable for performance, engage employees, make it easier for clients to do business with the company, and most importantly don't just talk the talk...walk the walk.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Brand Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kao Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Company store with discounted products. A few category-leading respected brands. Commitment to growing the company.

    Cons

    Very passive aggressive, non-confrontational culture. Hard to get direct, constructive feedback and coaching. A lot of politics between Marketing and Sales functions since there is an intentional barrier between the two (stay in your sandbox). Most of the work is to satisfy Sr. Management's endless list of questions and concerns vs. actually doing the work.

    Advice to Management

    Give the brand teams some breathing room, especially for low-cost, non-complex projects. Trust the teams to know the brand.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding people, Great products!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager – Digital Marketing Americas & EMEA in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Manager – Digital Marketing Americas & EMEA in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kao Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding group of people to work with. Work / life balance was attainable. Opportunities available for professional and personal growth. Individuals can make a difference and have their voice heard.

    Cons

    constant turnover was an ongoing concern


  9. "Senior Accounts Receivable Anyalyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accounts Receivable Anyalyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Accounts Receivable Anyalyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kao Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Employees stay in positions making it hard to move


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum Heights, MD

    I worked at Kao Corporation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great employees, benefits, compensation, culture (from headquarters)

    Cons

    Executive management has a very self absorbed standpoint and cared very little for employees


  11. "R&D"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good cultural experience with the headquarters in Japan, if you have the opportunity to go on a business trip and connect with Japanese colleagues
    Decent initial salary

    Cons

    Limited diversity and inclusion for all
    Not much of a career path of growth
    Limited career training for future development

    Advice to Management

    Be more diverse and inclusive
    Have a mentoring and career growth program



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