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  1. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NTT Multimedia Communications Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on some of the most advanced technology that was supposed to be fifteen months ahead of market was a good thing working here.

    Cons

    Lack of "fun" culture and atmosphere stifled by leadership, which seemed to be changing for better by the time I left.

    Advice to Management

    Ask the people what they want and involve then in making decisions for the entire group. Share what the future will look like, don't bombard changes on then.


  2. "Lost direction of company"

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    Current Employee - University of California, SAN Francisco in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - University of California, SAN Francisco in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NTT Multimedia Communications Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CEO ousted Friday, 9/3/15. A visionary but horrible to people. Japanese are very polite, respectful, and kind. An innovative placed to work at.

    Cons

    No real direction on products and lots of money wasted. Many of Indians that work there are very rude, including CEO (note former as of 9/3/15.) No perks liked other silicon valley work places.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the ex pats and focus on what is important to Japan side. Be transparent with folks.

  3. "You've been warned."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Salary is OK.
    - Other benefits (Bonus, perks, etc.) also OK.

    Cons

    - No professional path. You do as you're told.
    - There is a hard glass ceiling, even for locally hired Japanese.
    - Deep cultural differences with Japanese management, and they are not willing to fix that.
    - Japanese management have "work for life", while local employees are hired/laid off on a regular basis.
    - If there's a "you said, he/she said" situation, as locally hired employee, you lose by default.
    - Japanese management have not a good idea/skills for what they're doing/managing. How you become manager in Japan: Pass a (general) test, and you're sent to US if your English is OK...
    - For a very small company (Around 20 employees total), management keeps a heavy Japanese Corporate mentality.
    - Conclusion: Most local employees' morale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    - For most important decisions, advise is irrelevant, since those are taken in Japan. Local top management has not (Or very limited) control on that.
    - To keep up with the day-to-day problems, they should receive a Cultural Sensitivity training class, since most of them think they're still in Japan.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    its nice to get exposure to japanese business culture and practice... if u see it as needed for ur career or if u just wanted to see how it is

    Cons

    there's a glass ceiling... u can't get promoted beyond a certain point.

    the company is a subsidiary, and there are japanese employees transferred in and out every now and then... many of them are managers, and it's hard to work with or under supervision of some of the managers, because of deep cultural differences between japan and the u.s.