Top 10 companies with the happiest employees in Japan. RANKED!
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Find out which companies in professionals in Japan are most satisfied working for.
Every year, OpenWork releases a list of the top 10 companies in Japan with the happiest workers. People vote on eight categories: Salary satisfaction, employee morale, ease of communication between colleagues, respect amongst colleagues, opportunities for young employees, training and growth in the long term, a sense of compliance with the law, and HR department rating. They also asked about things like work/life balance, work culture, and how easy it is for women to work there.
For those thinking about searching for jobs in Japan, these companies might be a good place to start.
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Itochu covers a broad range of operations, textiles, machinery, energy & chemicals, and more. Year after year, the category consistently rated the highest for them was salary satisfaction! They have a page for students included on their recruiting page.
As their name says, Prudential is a company that provides life insurance. Their parent company, Prudential Financial, is an American fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Their HR department was ranked 4.9 stars out of 5.
Another American company, their business is all about tech. Networks, firewalls, e-mail security, cloud services, and a whole lot more. Their fully localized website makes it obvious they’re conscious about globalization, and salary satisfaction was also one of their highest ranked features.
Suntory is a Japanese brewing and distilling company, and one of the oldest alcohol distribution companies in Japan, established in 1899. They received high marks in salary satisfaction, employee respect, and employee motivation.
Link and Motivation Group is a management consulting firm that “revitalizes organizations and individuals.” They had near perfect scores for employee motivation, opportunities for young employees, and mutual respect among workers. However, their salary satisfaction was significantly lower than some of the other companies on the list thus far.
This is an American company with offices in more than 50 countries. Like Link and Motivation Group, they’re another management consulting firm. Their scores were pretty well rounded all across the board, with their best ranking being in opportunities for young employees.
Mitsui Fudosan is a Japanese real estate company. Their scores were also pretty well rounded to create an average of 4.5. However, most of their scores seem to have either flat lined in recent years or started a slow decline, the exception being the amount of paid vacation time, which shot up in 2019.
Another American company for the list, Salesforce.com is a cloud-based software company that offers services for customer relationship management. They’ve been on the top 10 list for a couple years now, holding the number 1 spot in 2018 and number 2 in 2017.
Here is a company that needs no introduction! Google has been on the list a long while, it’s been in the top 5 since 2014 ( though it fell off in 2018). Their highest score is in salary satisfaction, and their lowest is in long-term employee growth.
Looking at this list and its criteria, it’s not hard to see why these companies made it to the top when placing it against the research data for what Japanese college students want out of companies. Surveys from 2001 to 2019 suggest that now students primarily look for “stability,” and “good salary.” “Feeling like the work you do is valuable,” and “good workplace environment” have been on a decline over the last few years.
If you’re looking for a job in Japan, check out this list and see if any of these great companies might be a good fit for you. You can also check job listings on IZANAU.
About the Author
I've been in love with Japan since I was twelve years old. After studying at Kansei Gakuin University and teaching for three years under the protection of Mount Tate in scenic Toyama prefecture (where you'll find the most beautiful Starbucks in the world), I returned stateside to attend Kent State University to get my Masters in Japanese Translation. Now I've been given the wonderful opportunity to intern at IZANAU for what's sure to be a glorious summer.