Hello everyone! My name is Aayushma, and I come from Kathmandu, Nepal.
I have been living in Japan for approximately three years. Currently, I work as a system engineer at GMO Research. I have a team of three members and the team is called DIY API team. My day-to-day work includes integrating the API of our client companies to our company to provide them with best market research.
In this article, I would like to share with you about the great culture of GMO Research.
Why did I join GMO research
Prior to joining GMO Research, I worked for a company that solely communicated in Japanese, which greatly assisted me in learning the Japanese language and culture. However, I craved a more international experience and desired to challenge myself by working with a global team, leading me to become a part of GMO Research in September 2022.
As a child, I showed a strong interest in technology and was always the go-to person in my family for computer-related issues. I continued this interest in school by joining the IT club and even became the treasurer.
However, in high school, I switched my focus to biological science. Later, I realized my true passion was still in computing, so I decided to major in computer science at university. This career choice eventually led me to move to Japan and work for one of the top companies in the country.
The culture of GMO Research
Initially, I was employed at a company located in the Tohoku region. However, I craved a more challenging career and desired to join a larger corporation, prompting me to seek alternative employment. A recruiter referred me to GMO Research, and I subsequently decided to switch jobs.
So, I had an opportunity to have an interview for GMO Research. I had to go through three interviews. The first round of interviews was with the managers and the team leaders. Throughout this time, I got to know about the projects of the company and the working culture. I recollect having a very positive impression of the interviewers who were amiable and ensured that I was at ease while conversing in some Japanese language.
When I joined GMO Research as a new employee, I was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming and supportive environment that I encountered.
Before joining GMO research, I did some research on the company. I read a few articles of the employees and I had an impression that this company does support professional growth and does seem to have a healthy working environment. I remember reading an article of CTO, Ando san and I really liked the part where he says “I want to work with people like Snufkin”.
Another thing I liked about this company is the flexible work style like flexible hours, remote work and short time full time employment. I think these are the factors that led me to be part of GMO Research.
My six months in GMO Research.
Over the past 6 months, I have had the opportunity to work alongside a team of talented professionals who have not only helped me grow technically but have also become great friends. I quickly formed close relationships with my colleagues, not only during work hours but also outside of work, and now I often spend time with them on weekends as friends.
One of the things that impressed me the most about GMO Research is how foreigner-friendly the company is. As a non-native speaker of the Japanese language, I was initially worried about the language barrier even though I knew there were some global working members. But, the transition to the company and the work was very smooth. When I first joined the company, I was assigned to a mentor who is a foreign member (from Bangladesh) Sharif-san who helped me throughout my probation period to align with the work environment and the project.
And even my Japanese coworkers were very helpful whenever I needed to ask for anything. As the company’s culture and philosophy prioritize diversity and inclusion, I felt comfortable from day one.
As for our team, our leader, Hata-san, has been very supportive of me since I joined. Additionally, the fact that my team communicates in both English and Japanese has been very helpful. I`ve already participated in two projects, and in one of them, my colleague Sharif-san was the project leader. Seeing how Hata-san supported Sharif-san who was leading a project for the first time, showed me the importance of good teamwork. It also made me realize that there may be opportunities for me to take leadership roles in the future. I am excited to continue learning new technologies and working on different projects in the coming months.
In addition, the company culture is also something that stood out to me. GMO Research values open communication, collaboration, and respect for each other. These values are embodied in every aspect of the company, from how we work with our colleagues to how we interact with clients. It is evident that the company’s leadership team is committed to creating a positive and supportive work environment. Being part of my current team has made me realize several things.
Opportunities provided by the company
The growth opportunities at GMO Research are impressive. There is a strong emphasis on professional development, and the company offers training programs, mentorship opportunities, and job rotation to help employees expand their skill sets. The company also encourages employees to take ownership of their projects and encourages them to experiment and learn from their experiences.
Aside from work-related growth, the company also has various committees and events that cater to different interests and hobbies in GMO research. From sports teams to volunteering opportunities, there is something for everyone. These activities foster a sense of community within the company and provide employees with the chance to connect with their colleagues outside of work. I belong to a couple of committees, namely system events and ”imasarakikenai”.
”The imasarakikenai committee” is a study group where people can present their experiences related to their work and learn about the company’s ongoing projects and progress.
Through these committees, I get to interact with my colleagues and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture and festivals. For example, with the arrival of the sakura season, I had the chance to attend a hanami event where we arranged a picnic under the cherry blossom trees this year. We brought bento boxes and other food and other refreshments.
I thought Hanami is not only an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the cherry blossoms, but it also provides a chance for coworkers to socialize outside of work and strengthen their relationships.
In conclusion, my 6 months at GMO Research have been an incredible learning experience. The company’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and employee growth, combined with a supportive and friendly team, has made my time here both enjoyable and fulfilling. I am excited to continue my journey at GMO Research and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
If you’re looking for a company that values employee growth and development, then GMO Research may be the perfect place for you. Even if your Japanese language skills are not yet proficient, the company will provide a supportive environment to help you adjust and succeed in your role.
The company’s focus on teamwork and open communication ensures that everyone feels heard and valued, creating a welcoming environment for employees. By joining GMO Research, you will have the chance to work with a team of professional colleagues and take on exciting challenges that will help you grow both personally and professionally. I encourage you to apply and take the first step towards an exciting and fulfilling career at GMO Research!