1. Can you tell me about your current position?
I work as a project manager for R company. My main job is managing the process teams use to develop products and software. I work to ensure there are no blockers and that the process is smooth, effective and efficient. At the same time, I make sure we’re on schedule and provide records for managers and executives.
2. What do you enjoy most about it?
The multicultural environment. It’s really awesome working with people from all around the world. As a Project Manager, it’s important that I have good communication with everyone and form good relationships. This is the part I like most, dealing with people and supporting them.
3. Why did you decide to join Skillhouse as a working staff?
I’d just moved to Japan when I was first contacted by Skillhouse. One of the reasons I decided to join Skilhouse is because of the amazing support I’ve received from the company. Before any interviews, the staff would always help me prep, and after each interview, they gave quick and accurate feedback to guide me. A Skillhouse staff member always accompanied me during interviews and assisted me with negotiations. So far, the staff has been very reliable and trustworthy. I’ve never had any problems. In fact, my initial contract was actually 3 months, but they were able to negotiate and change it to a 1 year renewable contract, which was great.
4. Did you have any reservations about joining as a temporary staff versus a permanent employee? If so, what are they?
Not really. I heard some people have reservations, but I didn’t.
5. Do you think there are benefits of working as a temporary staff versus a permanent employee? If so, what are they?
Most workplaces in Japan don’t provide paid overtime for permanent employees, but as temporary staff, we receive compensation. It’s a really fair system. You get paid the amount you work. If I miss a day or anything, I just don’t receive credit.
6. How is the working life different? How does the pay compare?
This is actually my first job in Japan, so I don’t have much reference in regards to salary comparison. I think regular employees receive an annual bonus, but I don’t know their monthly salary, so I can’t really judge. As for work life balance, I rarely work overtime, so I’m happy about that.
7. How is working culture different in Japan compared to your home country?
My team only has 3 Japanese people, and even the managers aren’t Japanese, so the culture isn’t quite like a traditional Japanese company. The way people communicate and act is still very different from my home country. It’s all good though.
8. Are there any downfalls of working as a temporary staff?
The only concern is having a fixed contract term.
9. How are your relationships with the other employees at the company you are placed at?
There’s no differentiation between regular employees and temporary employees. It’s a nice environment.
10. How has your experience been so far with the Skillhouse personnel team? Do you have any feedback for us?
It’s good. As I said in the beginning, it’s always been awesome. Very reliable. I never had any second thoughts about anything anyone from Skillhouse has said to me. They’re supportive and fast. Truly amazing.
11. What advice would you give to anyone considering “Haken” work with Skillhouse?
My first piece of advice is to trust and rely on the Skillhouse staff. They've been really helpful during this whole process. Skillhouse actually approached me when I was new to Japan, so the main reason I have this job is because they reached out to me first. My second piece of advice is to try and negotiate the contract terms. The company took care of it for me, which was great, so there’s always flexibility. Like I said, I’m very thankful for all the support.