- What type of backgrounds do your employees come from?
We have hired individuals with various experiences and from various sized companies and work experiences. Our employees have worked at some well-known corporations, financial institutions and venture start-ups, across a myriad of divisions such as sales, finance, corporate planning, and IT.
- What if I have never worked as a consultant?
In our opinion, having experience in consulting is not our top priority.
In addition to a candidate’s work experience, we also put emphasis on whether the candidate’s capabilities and way of thinking fit the consulting profession. This may include strengths such as one’s ability to comprehend the “overall picture”, and clearly state what sort of problems the client is facing, or the ability to deconstruct a situation while building a realistic yet detailed plan of action to resolve it. Further, we also consider a candidate's personality and character.
- What kind of career path can I expect?
We will decide on the candidate's career position based on the candidate's work experience at the time of the recruitment process.
Usually through support projects employees will gain experience and skills, which will provide them with the ability to move their careers forward. Generally, members will see a step up in their career after 1 ~ 3 years.
- What sort of internal training do you have?
For new employees the company provides on-the-job training through project assignments, and various internal training programs.
P&E Directions management members and directors run and instruct the internal training programs. There are two programs that we run: an “Entry Level” training program for our first- and second-year employees, and a "Senior Level" training, geared toward our tenured and senior employees.
For entry level employees who do not have experience in business management, we provide an "Entry Level” training program. In this program, we provide you with the fundamental skills for performing business research. This includes foundational business knowledge, basic business manners, understanding strategy, organizational structure, company finance, and economics. We also give you the tools to be able to conduct interviews and perform field work, as well as accurate note taking.
Our “Senior Level” training focuses on developing the employee’s skills as it relates directly to consulting, such as comprehending the big picture as well as structural thinking. Employees will develop their project management and problem solving skills, issue identification skills, ability to develop hypotheses, and efficiently develop work plans.
In addition, we invite key individuals from various industries to give speeches and run discussions with our employees every other month. This allows our employees an opportunity to encounter and discuss subjects outside of the basic consulting world that they may not be able to do on the job.
- How are company employees evaluated?
Upon completion of a project, each project team member will be evaluated by their project manager, based on set evaluation criteria.
The project evaluations are broken up into 4 categories, with 20-30 evaluation points per category depending on your level of involvement in the project. Past evaluations will be used when considering an employee’s promotion/demotion and compensation.
- What is a support project is?
Support project are projects that support a client’s corporate growth. These include anything from new product development, development and execution of sales/marketing strategies, leverage growth support including M&A strategies and business alliances, support in financing and corporate/business divestitures, business due diligence and market research.
The length of each project differs depending on the size, scope, and requirements of the project. Generally, projects last between a few weeks to a few months. For more information regarding past projects, please visit the Services and Track Record section of our website.
- What type of customers do you work with?
We work with a number of different sized clients across many industries. Examples of the industries our client represent include: food and beverage, chemicals, apparel, electronics, transportation equipment, trading, IT, finance, distribution/retail, and other consumer services. Our clients companies range in size, from early stage to late stage private venture companies, venture and mid-sized public companies and TSE listed large cap companies. We also work with a number of international companies as well.
- What foreign language skills (i.e. English) are required for a role in the firm?
While we do not require international experience when applying for a role, we do expect that employees are able to read, comprehend, write, and speak sufficient English to understand and act on business contents and customer’s needs. At a minimum, we require an English level attainable by having successfully completed English studies within the Japanese system.
- I am a student, but do you hire new graduates?
Yes, we hire new graduates every year. We are accepting applications throughout the year for new graduate hires. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this application form.