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Questions and Answers
- I graduated already. Can I still apply?
- We also accept applications from persons who at company entrance have worked up to 3 years.
*Persons who have worked for over 3 years before applying should apply through career recruiting.
- Can you give me information for visiting alumni?
- Due to privacy issues, we cannot introduce alumni to individuals.
- I will graduate from a non-Japanese university. Can I still apply?
- We accept applications from students studying at overseas universities. Entrance timing into the company (In general, from April) is determined under given circumstances.
- I am a non-Japanese exchange student. Can I still apply?
- We accept applications from persons who fulfill the application qualifications regardless of nationality. We look forward to receiving your application.
- The word ‘global’ comes up in several contexts, what language skills am I required to have?
- Although there is no requirement to have language skills to join Akebono, individuals who wish to work in a global context require a high-level of English language ability. We have internal and external programs to support continued language learning while working at Akebono.
- What kind of systems does the company offer for balancing work with private life?
- We have two “no-overtime-work” days every week. On Wednesdays and Fridays we have a zero overtime work policy, so the lights at the headquarters are turned off at 18:00.
We want to promote a working environment where all employees have a healthy, fruitful work and private life regardless of position - be it a general or manager position.
- Can you tell me more about the working environment at Akebono?
- At Akebono, we don’t use titles when addressing each another. We promote a flat organization by adding "–san" after everyone’s name instead.
In the Akebono work environment, all associates can express their opinions freely. The single floor, free-address office at our Hanyu headquarters is flexible and not limited by organization. This allows for the required talent to freely gather in a suitable place at any time. Additonally, telecommuting as a work style has been adopted by most associates who can now effectively work and communicate with each other from home.
- I would like to know more about work possibilities outside Japan and transfers.
- After joining the company, your first assignment will most likely be at a department in one of our Japanese facilities.
However, as Akebono is developing globally, many positions offer a possibility of work outside Japan. Also, even in Japan there may be job transfers between facilities, depending on each employee’s career.
- Can you tell me more about the new hire training and assignments?
- After entering the company, our new hires receive training over the course of three months (based on 2019 schedule). Regardless of educational background and skill, all new hires participate in a training period at a manufacturing facility to learn the basics of Monozukuri. Each new hire’s first assignment will be decided during the training program through consultation with the HR department.
- I would like to know more about the living arrangements are after entering the company.
- New hires who are assigned to head office in Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, may move into company dormitories located just a 1 minute walk away. Built in 2018, the dormitories are complete with built-in kitchens, bathrooms, electric appliances and free Wi-Fi for 10,000 JPY/month. Employees working outside of Hanyu are also offered housing support and subsidies.
- What measures are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the office?
- Telecommuting work styles, which was previously only available to associates for reasons such as childcare or nursing, is now available for all indirect associates. All associates are also required to check their health on a daily basis including through measures such as checking their body temperature before coming to work. Doors in the office are open at all times and objects touched by associates are frequently sterilized. In the cafeteria, seating has been spread out to maintain physical distance between people and partitions have been installed.