Sumitomo Mitsui Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Depressing and uninteresting place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Treasur in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Treasur in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Sumitomo Mitsui full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    9-5 job
    Very good health insurance (115$ per month for a complete coverage (health/dental/vision) for a family regardless of number of kids, no deductables)

    Cons

    Very japanese culture, your bosses never talks to you (will pass you by as if you don't exist), some of them barely speak English
    Department is not friendly
    Its dead quiet in the office
    Paintry is the worst I ve ever seen, plenty of green tea, but no milk. Coffee had to be placed at mail room as people were stealing it
    Absense of any training
    No coaching, mentoring
    No communication of expectations
    Very inefficient processes, outdated technology (both software and hardware)
    Absense of Communication from Top to Bottom
    Although hours are great (9-5), at 9:01 management goes around to check if you are at your place. Work from home is non-existent term, taking half day to take care of your personal affairs is judged. Sick days... well you have to be diying. If not, why arent you at your desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you come to other countries, learn to adjust to that environment, leave your japanese culture in Japan

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Sumitomo Mitsui full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Difficult to think of any pros. The companys location in Midtown East is convenient. Thats about it.

    Cons

    The salaries at all levels of the company are below market for the industry.

    The atmosphere around the office is not pleasant. The culture is toxic, and there is a fear that is perpetuated by the Expat community.

    Expats are promoted before American staff.

    Managers do not care about work/life balance.

    There is a glass ceiling for women.

    The Expats look down on American staff.

    The benefits of being an employee are basically limited to health care.
      -There is no such thing as employee day, when employees are treated.
      -The Christmas party costs $50 to attend, $50+ to bring a guest.
      -No stipends for cabs or dinner if you are asked to work late.
      -There are occasionally team dinners and parties, but they generally cost each employee $40-$60, and you are expected to attend.
      -No office cafeteria.
      -Hours are just as long as peers in American banks, if not longer, but pay is much less.
      -HR is not supportive, and does not make employees feel like they are operate on the employees behalf.
      -The pantries are a disgrace. There is literally only green tea and coffee- no milk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Archaic Japanese company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Sumitomo Mitsui full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Makes you appreciate every job you thought hated
    Very retro work environment, think Madmen where women with BA and MBA with good titles are regulated to low level positions and doing things like pouring tea during meetings despite experience.
    Work life balance - very good if you ignore your manager's warnings about working late when there isnt much work to be done, or coming in 5 minutes late due to a sick passenger on the train.
    Manager changes every week, so the manager you hate will most likely not be there soon because they get sent back to Japan.

    Cons

    Culture
    Compensation - will lowball you and sell you the lack of layoffs
    Technology - they use a access db as their CRM, Lotus notes, Windows XP, IE 6, cloud services is foreign here
    PTO - very low by modern standards
    Sick days - you get dinged on performance review for using it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a management consultant from a company like Goldman, Moodys, BarclaysReuters, etc, shake things up, focus on employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible...hostile work environment due to very poor management!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Warren, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Warren, NJ (US)

    I worked at Sumitomo Mitsui full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the employees here were very pleasant to work with, especially the Japanese who were very respectful.

    Cons

    My department was a joke! Very unprofessional and very poorly managed. There was a senior tax accountant who was extremely unhappy and hostile. This was permitted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a backbone! And realize that the confidentiality you boast about doesn't exist, especially in the legal department and the president's office. I believed that the HR department was professional and really cared but I found out that they go with the status quo regardless of what they claim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Never again.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Sumitomo Mitsui full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - You get paid
    - People are generally nice
    - Weekends generally free; 8:30 - 6:30 work hours on most days

    Cons

    - Inefficient and bureaucratic: a lot of deliberation / discussion over minutiae
    - Inadequate and outdated software and technology; proprietary software is useless
    - Distrust of external sources (e.g., JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, etc.)
    - Condescending, arrogant and dismissive management
    - Minimal investment in employee / career development
    - Unnecessarily long processes (50+ page redundant applications)
    - Just because it takes more time to finish a process, it doesn't make it better. Learn efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You may want to invest in your proprietary technology and employees. That means training your employees, knowing in what capacity you want to use each employee, and actually caring about your employees' development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fair Bonuses. Awesome work life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Sumitomo Mitsui full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty travelling to Japan, Fair Bonuses. Awesome work life balance. I could work there for a long time.

    Cons

    Japanese Culture overall. Mood Killer... Its awfully quiet in the office and not much minglling amongst the Japanese and Chinese

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up a little.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    oldschool japanese bank

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Officer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sumitomo Mitsui full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    stable, good life-work balance, ok pay

    Cons

    no career, no motivation, inefficient approval process, zero risk appetite

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    having offices around the world doesn't mean "global".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ok to park but always look to move on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - VP in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - VP in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Sumitomo Mitsui

    Pros

    Nice office location in midtown Manhattan. Bonuses are good depending on the year the organization has had as a whole. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Bonuses are performance driven; meaning if the company as a whole is not doing well, your bonus will reflect that. It is a Japanese company that is bureaucratic and filled with red tape. Even thought they have operations in the states, the japanese way of doing business overrides and they have difficulty undersanding business ops in the states and other countries. If you are not Japanese you will be the first laid off. Management is not looking out to move the organiztion forward they only care about their next assigment. Super stars leave after the first year or 2 and what is left just maintains operations. Extremely political to a point where nothing gets done in the right way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about your next assignment and try and move the business forward.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sumitomo Mitsui

    Pros

    Stable career path is ensured as most people stay for years
    people are reasonable
    large corporate
    profitable
    professionla
    colleagues are helpful in general

    Cons

    Japanese culture
    lack of training opportunity
    lack of networking chance
    management is very vertical
    there should be lots of room for improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management should be flexisble and eager to listen to employee
    compensation should be more competitive and aggressrive to attract talents

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need to break the current mould ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sumitomo Mitsui

    Pros

    More active approach to capital usage. Happy to be a commercial bank and operate across many countries to support client needs

    Cons

    Very disfunctional. Japanese management are more focused on managing their next career steps than improving the business. Technology, policies, processes are all of especially poor standard vs non-Japanese banks and limit competitiveness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for more opportunities to westernise the bank from top down, thereby having a more client/employee friendly approach. Senior mgmt should be rewarding Japanese middle mgmt for taking sensible risk, restructuring their businesses, etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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