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Kao Corporation Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Kao Corporation President, CEO, and Director Motoki Ozaki
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Pros
  • Work / life balance was attainable (in 7 reviews)

  • Great Products,Great People, Great Culture, Bright Future (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible level structure and hard to move up (in 3 reviews)

  • No-one wants to do anything in case it gets them noticed (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good science and products that are consumer benefit driven

    Cons

    limited promotion opportunities for young and ambitious

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new talent


  2. "Downhill Fast and Still Arrogant"

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    Former Employee - R&D in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - R&D in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kao Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are polite to each other

    Cons

    They don't say what they mean

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to give you real feedback and don't punish them for it

  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    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


  4. "Research Scientist"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "CCC"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great job bad company"

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    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


  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!"

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    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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    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"

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    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


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