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"Disfunctional international work"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Miyamoto International full-time

Pros

Flexible, some exciting projects, challenging roles

Cons

The entire international effort established at Miyamoto has one purpose: photo ops for the CEO for promo and ego-boosting material. There were zero opportunities for project ownership. You will never be able to identify, lead, or complete a project of your own. I was actually told I would never be able to seek, find, initiate, or bring to completion my own projects. "The CEO will always be the one to give the final presentation and have sit downs with stakeholders." It was not sustainable economically for the company, the international effort, or for the stakeholders.

They work only on projects that USAID tells them to do and are willing to fund. There was no expansion or seeking of alternative sources possible.

Otherwise, the entire international effort was chaotic, disorganized, and lacked vision and follow through. You'll be putting out 5 different fires every day. It cuts into longer term strategizing and project ownership.

The CEO thinks he's saving the world, but he lacks a basic appreciation of different cultures, different building methods, and finesse -- needed in relief work. No humility.

Advice to Management

Let go. Stop insisting on putting yourself in the middle. Praise and promote your workers and the organization will go far.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Small big guys--company with a soul"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Miyamoto International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great international exposure, multiple learning opportunities, flexibility of schedule and general understanding about the need for flexibility, collaborative work environment, and growth oriented

    Cons

    Growth oriented with associated growing pains, changes--good and bad, not a place for rigid, perfectionist, and task oriented people, young--but not immature staff

    Advice to Management

    Move at a faster pace to define individual identities of the offices, or consolidate the purpose and mission


  2. "Great company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Christchurch, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Christchurch, Canterbury (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Miyamoto International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, colleagues, social, supportive, fun.

    Big emphasis on team bonding and employee satisfaction.

    Flexi hours and a culture of trust. As long and you get your work done nobody wants to micro manage.

    Cons

    Occasionally working overtime, nothing major. Most people start off doing quite a bit of report writing, but there opportunity to move away from that and into design if desired.

    Advice to Management

    Great culture of support and respect. Many opportunities to progress. A big emphasis on team culture and employee enjoyment was a big plus.

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