Great if you value job security over career advancement
Associate (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 15, 2013
Most days at SMBC focused on credit reports and loan proposals, though intradepartmental (and, to a lesser extent, client) meetings would sometimes account for significant portions of the workday.
Sumitomo is a great place to work for those who prize job security over advancement. Promotions at the institution are based on the number of years a person has worked at the company; individual performance is often overlooked.
Co-workers were mostly helpful, though there were obvious tensions within some groups, as the Japanese culture of the bank often did not mesh well with American culture.
I enjoyed meeting diverse clients, ranging from global multilateral agencies to municipal governments.
Tremendous bureaucracy; poor communication across groups