I worked at SoftBank full-time (More than 8 years)
The chairman, Masayoshi Son alway tries to challenge and do something new. This attitude brought many interesting opportunities to employees.
Please note each division is totally different, but some still have the old-fashioned Japanese style like you have to go have drinks with your boss, stuff.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at SoftBank (San Carlos, CA (US)).
Fairly straightforward interview process until the onsite portion. Your typical phone screen and discussing backgrounds and what the role entails. Had a good meeting with everyone but the air of pretentiousness and "holier than thou" attitude certainly exists here.
I got the impression that there's a *lot* broken in the recruiting and talent process here and there were significant unresolved problems internally. Seemed to be a lot of disconnect between the groups and the onsite panel appeared thrown together last minute. There were numerous cancellations and rescheduling and the interview itself seemed to have no interview kit or consistent/unbiased questions. I was repeatedly told it'd be an 80 hour/week job because of how much they needed to hire and build internal systems, yet one interviewer said they really weren't scaling their internal team that much, so I'm still unsure of their hiring goals.
Post-interview is where I was really turned off by SoftBank. Despite numerous attempts at making contact, it was complete silence and quite unprofessional. Ended up taking a role at a rival VC firm and other colleagues have had similar experiences.
My recommendation to the team here is to set expectations and not disappear on candidates. I'm not the only one with this experience.
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