Rakuten Employee Reviews about "asakai"

Updated Dec 10, 2020

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3.7
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Rakuten Chairman and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani
Hiroshi Mikitani
458 Ratings
Pros
  • "free lunch, nice people, nice work life balance(in 168 reviews)

  • "It is a great company if you want work life balance(in 97 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Relatively low salary, but reasonable amount(in 38 reviews)

  • "Morning meeting, Asakai, held every monday(in 37 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Former Intern

      Good learning culture but 'Englishnization' not erasing Japanese mindset

      Mar 1, 2019 - Anonymous Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good learning culture. People want to help you grow, will share insights and resources, plenty of 1-on-1s to check in on professional and personal growth - Great office culture. Free food, overflowing snacks and drinks, budget for quarterly socials per team, sociable atmosphere. - Opportunity to make impact. If you're in the right department (the department that management likes), you can make a lot of impact to the company and customers. Find middle management that you can align with and grow with them.

      Cons

      - Old-school militaristic rules. Lateness and attendance rules, must wear your badge, be present for weekly Asakai meetings. If you missed high-school, don't worry: Rakuten embodies school culture. - Feels like the cult of Mikitani & Co. Miki says, we do, basically. Vanity projects get prioritized. Really not interested in hearing which famous CEO or Spanish pop star you met, mate. - Still Japanese-minded. Changing the language of operation doesn't change some of the close-minded thinking within the company. Nemawashi still runs true and decisions are made on the whims and fancies of senior management.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Account Executive

      Aug 10, 2016 - Account Executive in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Big company to work for where you can definitely encounter a different culture and a lot of Japanese colleagues. Actually pretty diversified company and people are generally friendly and welcoming. You can also enjoy free Japanese classes and some other cool benefits.

      Cons

      -No real growth with the company -Top Management is not the best -Lack of real talent at all levels -Communication is a major problem, it doesn't go both ways instead it only goes from top to bottom -Company culture is very Japanese, they have a mandatory weekly Asakai that is a waste of time. They are very specific about you getting to the office at 9:00am sharp even if you never leave at 6:00pm sharp. The office is dead boring and does feel like a military base so if you are used to a Western work culture DO take this into consideration as you won't be happy at Rakuten

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      8 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Have an open mind... but lots to be learned

      Jul 10, 2016 - Sales Consultant in Singapore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1) Steep learning curve 2) Discipline is instilled 3) The working environment keeps you on your toes 4) Spacious, modern office (took place after I left) 5) Plenty of food and drink so you're never hungry / thirsty 6) Company sponsored Japanese language classes 7) Friendly people who were generally happy to help out where possible 8) Opportunity to meet a good cross section of people from very diverse backgrounds across the company 9) Company announcements also meant increased awareness of other companies (e.g. Viki, Viber, eBates) 10) Diverse businesses meant potentially endless exposure if there was a certain area you wanted to explore

      Cons

      1) Marketplace business model of making merchants pay $390 per month was flawed, management and merchants both knew this and were not flexible on this - as a result, MANY merchants refused to sign up 2) Less than ideal pay - my increment was less than $100 and I was hardly late/sick/absent 3) Unreasonably long hours - in a lot of teams, the 'you must stay until your boss leaves' mentality existed, whether work was completed or not 4) High attrition rate - good, talented people keep leaving (definitely related to salary and increments) 5) Compulsory asakai ("morning meeting" or global conference call) meant having to be at work at 7am on Tuesday mornings - worse, this did not mean finishing earlier either (though this changed after I moved on) 6) In certain teams, English was still not fluent... Mikitani's 'Englishnization' project had not been successful, I recall one asakai presentation had the word login spelled as 'rogin' 7) Way too many (update) meetings, almost felt like they were held for the sake of having them, the meetings were not productive most of the time 8) Shugi workshop wasn't the best way to introduce the Rakuten culture... The "We did not choose you, you chose Rakuten" mantra is cult-like 9) The "Beat Amazon" sentiment was alive and well during my time there

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      6 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Top it company in japan

      Dec 10, 2020 - Applications Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging culture Top it company in japan

      Cons

      Morning meeting, Asakai, held every monday

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Average Experience(Software Engineer)

      Apr 7, 2020 - Software Engineer in Bangalore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free Food Friendly and Supportive Teammates End to End Development Responsibility From Scratch Development Opportunities in some teams Good pay Decent Perks Empathetic Managers Awesome Training Programmes Managers will try and give you the work you like, but you need to adamantly ask for it

      Cons

      No work life balance Old systems Too many systems End to end development responsibility. Devops included. No well defined development methodology Managers mostly from service based background or Support Background Performance Appraisal too Verbose. Need a whole week just to prepare your self feedback 24/7 support requirement on weekly rotation. You are handed a support phone Horrible codebase for some services No flexible timings, mandatory Asakai at 8:30 every Monday.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Feb 19, 2020 - Senior DevOps Engineer in Bangalore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. Latest technology 2. Lot of learning 3. Pro team members 4. Free breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 5. Travel cost reimburse depending on distance 6. Very helpful and active HRs. 7. Can change team after certain month 8. Pretty transparent work culture 9. Lucky to work in Digital team where team members and manager supported every stage. 10. On-site opportunity. 11. Work from home option.

      Cons

      1. Not much transparency in evolution and promotion process. 2. Mandatory Monday morning meeting (Asakai)

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Freedom, good English environment

      Dec 28, 2019 - Data Engineer in Tokyo
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It’s a good place to have a good networking. No Japanese language skill required. Comparing to other Japanese companies, here you’d get lots of freedom to do whatever you want, bringing your laptop to work from cafe or free space, initiating a new project and getting funding from CEO etc. Of course, it depends on team’s managers. It’d be more strict, micromanaged and japanized if you’re in a Japanese managed team. Free food, cheaper coffee, bread, gym, salon, massage, nails salon, cleaning.

      Cons

      It depends on the team as I mentioned. Japanese team will be japanized. Asakai (early morning all hands for the whole company) would be a bit painful. But good thing is you can leave office earlier. No official flex working hours. It’s difficult to be promoted and getting higher salary grade. Well, this depends on the mangers as well.

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      The "We've Always Done it That Way" Company

      Oct 6, 2019 - Software Engineer in Tokyo
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cafeteria (free breakfast / lunch / dinner). Some teams are good.

      Cons

      Asakai (early morning meeting, 1 hour, once a week). Managers get promoted for being stupid. Some Japanese people simply refuse to learn English.

      14 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Better than a lot of Japanese companies, but...

      Aug 13, 2019 - Software Developer in Tokyo
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The office is in an excellent location People are generally nice to each other Cafeteria food isn't bad Lots of career opportunities within the company

      Cons

      High chance of ending up in a team with traditional Japanese working style. Asakai (mandatory Monday morning company-wide meeting) feels like a huge waste of time. Salary doesn't change much, especially for those who joined the company fresh out of college. Rakuten Crimson House is extremely crowded and noisy, except for the CEO's office, of course.

      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Avoid the company at least for next 3-5 years

      Jul 10, 2019 - Network Security Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Work/life balance: you can sit there and do nothing, when the time is come to leave -- just get up and go home. No pressure at all -- you can report to your management only one activity for months; * Free breakfast, lunch and diner. BUT: breakfast finishes before 30 mins of the beginning work day and diner starts in 1.5 hours after the end of work day; * Learning opportunities: great education team, company willing to pay for your education; * Office location -- good, if you live in center direction of Tokyo (everybody move to center, you come to outskirts); * 5 years working visa; * Commuter allowance.

      Cons

      * Salary and compensation level is really low. And it depends on how long you have been working there rather on how much did you contribute: they telling you about evolution, grade, rating, pitch and etc., which happens every half of year. The thing is that all mid-managers submit the highest possible marks for every team member, so the real factor that matters is how long each member have been work in the company; * Fixed working hours (9:00 -- 17:30); * No remote work options; * Rakuten Crimson House is very crowded. A lot of lines: lines at the beginning of a work day, lines to a toilet, lines to the cafeteria to take your meal, lines to take a sit and eat your meal; * Air quality in the building is low (no fresh air - ventilation system can't handle the amount of people). Headaches are common while being there; * Asakai (morning "all hands" meeting). Starts every Monday one hour early (so, working day: 8:00 -- 16:30). And topics.. Well, let's just say it's all about cringe (look in Urban Dictionary); * No support for relocation at all, just give you some money depending on your ability to haggle. That's all. ** Ex., I was need to pay taxes for relocation bonus and residence tax myself. ** Another ex., I can't have a Rakuten Mobile because I don't have a japanese bank account. But I can't open an account in Rakuten Bank because they don't have English application form. They gave me an outdated instruction how to submit it, which I can't use. ** Another one, no support for you to learn Japanese language, which required sometimes to communicate with your colleagues (despite this "Englishanization" project).

      5 people found this review helpful
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