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Updated Jan 19, 2022

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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Big studio, big projects, but you're a small cog

    Jan 19, 2022 - Video Editor in Tokyo
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Fully remote work and flex-time hours allow for good work-life balance. (Overtime depending.) - The studio is always bringing in new big-name projects from major clients, both Japanese and foreign, which are exciting to be a part of and look great on a resume. - The company seems very stable - the pandemic barely shook it. - Visa sponsorship for foreign workers. I got a 5-year visa thanks to (probably) the company's size and reputation. - The CEO grew up partly in the USA, speaks English, and is not beholden to the typical Japanese work ethic. He seems to honestly try his best to incorporate new ways of working (remote work was being implemented even before the pandemic hit) and is easily accessible. He always listened to any concerns I brought up, and even conducts exit interviews with all outgoing full-time employees to find out what the company can do better.

    Cons

    - Low salary based mostly on your age, rather than experience, skills, or value to the company. Negotiation requests are largely denied. - Few opportunities for training, growth, or experimentation, unless you have been there for 3-4 years already. This is especially tough for fresh graduates looking to start a career gaining a variety of experience. - While this isn't the most "Japanese" workplace, Japanese hierarchical structures still exist that make it hard for people at the 'bottom', doing the grunt work of creating images, to have any kind of creative voice or say in the direction of the project. It's all decided by directors somewhere else. - Overtime pay is generally only paid if your overtime work exceeds 45 hours in a month. - Overtime hours can be pretty bad, but depend on your department, project, and production schedule. I had some months with very little work where I was just killing time all day, and some where I was working in the studio late every night.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Rewarding but very busy.

    Aug 30, 2021 - 3D Animator in Tokyo
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Everyone is motivated and ambitious.

    Cons

    Always busy, sometimes need to work on holy day .

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  3. 1.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Old fashion Toxic Environment in Fancy building and Neighborhood

    Aug 15, 2021 - Production Team Member 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Easy Visa for international employees - One week stay in aparthotel near the office - Nice building- fancy neighborhood - Welcoming other international coworker - Nice SV if you're very lucky

    Cons

    - Too much office drama and power struggle between each other especially for Japanese employees or someone who have high ambition to become the lead. - Non productive people who have serve for more than ++ 10 year have high salary and very arrogant in management - 50% of your time will filled by an useless meeting. (especially if you're SV) - HR is for the higher up, there's only one or two people that is nice and helpful. - Modern slavery with the sugarcoat of "Having diverse working experience & cool project in Japan that will boost your resume" - No Assistance for finding a loge in Tokyo (it's very difficult for foreigner) - No Assistance for all the paperwork needed (and surely the paperwork in ward office is all in japanese) - you need to rely on your coworker sadly. - Metro pass is for the permanent employees only (and please notice, metro pass is very expensive especially if you choose to commute everyday from outside tokyo) - VERY EXPENSIVE neighborhood - you can only buy a cheap lunch in the famima near office. - They tried to hire someone who came for 3rd world country to pay a bare minimum salary. -and the starbucks barista in shirokane- takanawa have better salary than the most of employee here.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Contractor

    Was working in PPI for 1 year

    Mar 6, 2021 - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - great people to work with ( if you get lucky) - if you look for challenge , you can find it here

    Cons

    - work-life balance is not going to be always good - salary can be also below or average on market, in very rare occasions better then average

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  5. 4.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great Projects, Greater Artists

    Feb 28, 2021 - Junior Rigger in Tokyo
    Recommend
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    Pros

    One of the best learning experiences I’ve had

    Cons

    Absolutely none at all to my knowledge.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Contractor

    good

    Feb 22, 2021 - 3D Rigger 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    time is more flexible i think

    Cons

    pay is not enough i think

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  7. 1.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Get in quick, get out fast.

    Jan 18, 2021 - LookDev Artist in Tokyo
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Flexible working hours for freelancers contractors - Sponsored working visa - Some projects are based on well-known IP or for well-known streaming services - Quite diverse nationalities of colleagues from several different countries with amazing CG skills knowledge. - Dedicated translation team to assists non-Japanese speakers during feedbacks or meeting sessions.

    Cons

    - No relocation benefit. Pay the flight ticket from your own pocket. - Extremely low salary for Tokyo standard, especially if you are a fresh graduate or even if you are already had several years of experience under your belt, expect to be low balled or "you have reached salary cap" for a certain position. This is common in the industry but it makes you have zero reasons to stay for the long term. Not surprising why the place having a hard time recruiting every year with lots of people leaving for another studio locally, they have a reputation of being one of the lowest-paying studios in Tokyo. Anything below 210,000 yen before tax is scraping the bottom of the barrel and you have to be cheap to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Can you live? Yes. Is it good for your well-being? Probably not in the long run after a few months. No benefits, no pension, transportation is included in base salary if you are freelance contractors, so keep that in mind better to pinpoint this out since Tokyo transport fare isn't cheap either. - Outdated page on how to fill and claim your income tax refund. Good luck using google translate on how to fill tax return form in full Japanese. No assistance provided. - Wasting precious time on unnecessary meeting seems to be the culture here, probably 9/10 of the meetings you have to attend does not have anything to do with the artist who worked on certain shots or assets but just have to be there because of being part of the division, most of it can be just an email. Luckily in my case, my SV let me focus on my work instead of attending unproductive meetings, so this may vary depending on who your SV is. - Didn't see a clear way of progression. Move on as soon after got enough experience. There should be 2 or 3 evaluations within a year even for freelance contractors, otherwise, they won't have an idea of what areas of work they can improve to maximize their works. Or is this system without proper review is put in place so management can just deny raise by pointing weakness only after a year contract almost passed?

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  8. 1.0
    Former Contractor

    Sadly, Not Much to recommend. but it doesn't mean no hope.

    Jan 14, 2021 - 3D Artist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Some projects are really good. If you are seeking for a big title name project. You might find its here(But if you already have AAA IP in your resume. This is not a Pros thing.) -various style of project. -Friendly for foreigner, great translation team. -Nice people, found so many good friend and great talent co-worker which is the best part during I worked at PPI. -support for working VISA( from what I heard, PPI is the best one for VISA assistance.)t

    Cons

    This is a company which has a long history, potential, power, money, reputation and connection. But Unfortunately, - still using outdated software which ruins productivity and flexibility. Some of the software is ancient and cannot develop anymore. Instead of buying or developing some new generation software, they insist on using the old one.  - pay a low salary compared to living costs in Tokyo and no benefits at all. someone didn't get relocation support. - Too many meetings, supervisors have 30-40% on each day and spend their time with useless meetings. - don't have a proper pipeline, which is in contrast with PPI age. PPI is one of the oldest Animation studios in the world. I think it's older than Pixar. But they still don't have it. - let inexperienced and low skill CGSV decide technical problems. Sometimes the decision is based on strong politics. Some projects have too many highest roles which is unwise management. Imagine that you get inconsistent feedback from different 2-4 people at the same time. According to all of that information on top and other reviews, they have a key which is the heart of the problem. That is "they don't listen". I don't believe that they don't know all of this issue, they know, but they just ignore it. Even if you try to tell them you will find "we have our own pipeline, we have our own way". This is a phase which they keep telling you when you have another solution or suggestion. Actually, there are so many people who try to provide it, but they try and fail regarding their decision based on strong politics in the company.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good Company

    Nov 12, 2020 - Surfacing/Look Development Artist in Tokyo
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Flexible work hours, Good Atmosphere

    Cons

    None, Overall Good. Nice Team.

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  10. 2.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Artist

    Oct 23, 2020 - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Paid holidays -Working Visa assistance -Great and talented friends from all over the world -Projects vary from anime to realistic

    Cons

    -Pay are too low compared to other company. -No assitance for pipeline and training for new artist. -Nonsense deadline from PM -Crazy worload and deadline. -Expect to get more crazy workload, just because you get a little bit salary increase. -Cant really grow or learn anything new. -Lack of social life. -Depends on your department/projects, rarely you will get training or whatsoever. -Rarely got any useful feedback from senior artist. -Expect a huge pay cut if youre trying to move here. -Politics are strong. -Some artist just left behind just because they are new. And senior artist or sv rarely care about this. -No benefits

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