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Yamaha creates new emotion and rich culture, together with the people of the world, with its technology and sense grown from an origin in sound and music.

Yamaha is active worldwide, with 51 branches in 32 countries besides Japan. The overseas portion of its sales has hit 290.4 billion yen (66.7% of the total), making it a global business in the truest sense of the word. North America constitutes 30% of overseas sales, Europe 28%, Asia and other regions 42%.

Since we are a corporate organization, research for us means research and development to create new products. Our research units are R&D centers and such. They cover a wide range, from the various technologies that support our core in sound and music to electronic technology and new materials for semiconductors. However, they share the same goal of opening up new business opportunities. This means you can take responsibility for the ideas you research and develop all the way into the real world as they take shape as products.

Yamaha allows anyone employed for less than one year to apply as a "new graduate," even those who have already graduated or have some work experience. Also, there are no age limits.

We do take applications from international students regardless of nationality.

Placement is decided holistically based on our business needs together with workers' abilities and aptitudes (generally two or three months after hiring). Between hiring and initial placement, new hires are trained to understand more thoroughly what kind of work is done at Yamaha. We will seek your opinion during the placement interview and your initial placement will be announced on the last day of your training.

Transfers are considered from the standpoint of placing people in the right place according to our business needs. However, we do take into account the career aspirations of our employees, so that each may feel meaning in his or her work. (Each employee annually submits a personal statement form called a "career development sheet," regarding aptitude for his or her current post, aspirations for future work and location, etc. Then the employee is interviewed by a superior based on this form. This interview gives a good opportunity to discuss one's own career vision, e.g. "I want to work abroad" or "I want to experience a particular field as the next step in my career.")

Almost all of our sites have introduced a flextime system. Besides a core period, working hours are decided on a monthly basis. Employees take responsibility for managing their own work hours, depending on the job.

Standard work hours
Head office: 8:15 am to 5:00 pm
Other Japanese offices: 9:00 am to 5:45 pm

Core time
Head office: 10:15 am to 3:00 pm
Other Japanese offices: 11:00 am to 3:45 pm

Standard working hours
7 hours 45 minutes

We have dormitories for unmarried employees in Hamamatsu (and we use leased apartment buildings as dorms in other regions). All rooms are single-occupancy. Size varies between dormitories, but telephone*1, air conditioning, closets, and the Internet*2 come standard. Common areas include all amenities such as dining rooms, baths, restrooms, and laundry equipment. The dormitories cost 6,000 – 10,000 yen per month. Breakfast and dinner are available by separate application (only on work days). As a unique feature of Yamaha, soundproofed rooms are also available in some dorms.
*1 Telephone service requires subscription on an individual basis
*2 Internet service requires subscription on an individual basis

Note: Some employees may not be eligible for dormitories or company housing, such as those located at home.