These are hard times for new graduates in search of jobs, commonly described as the "employment ice age." The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported that as of December 2009, only 73% of college seniors had received offers from companies, the worst ever recorded. While these students cannot afford the luxury of being choosy, there exists a list of so-called "black" corporations that are being shunned by the job seekers.
Certified social insurance labor consultant Yukiko Takita defines the blacklisted companies as those that are known to overburden employees. “An example would be to assign an excessive quota and demand employees to make up for it out of their own pocket if not fulfilled, sexual harassment and violence on a regular basis. These are companies that abuse and exploit its staff.”
Students are seen in fast food joints exchanging information on such blacklisted companies, which are evaluated by deviation scores. Munakata Sumito, author of “Burakku Kigyo no Yami" (The Dark Side of Black Corporations), comments, “The list is based on information obtained by students from current employees of the respective companies and is often found on job-search related websites. Many students, whether from prestigious institutions like Tokyo University, Waseda, Keio or local private colleges check the information posted.”
Universities seem to make their own blacklist based on information available, which is then distributed so that additional data can be incorporated into the updated version.
Corporations at the very top of the blacklist are not even given a score but simply referred to as "Hall of Famers" due to its reputation, including the temp staff agency A, which caused social problems and real estate company B that is involved in the sale of condominiums. The izakaya chain store C and a well known IT company D are scored at 75 (one rank below the Hall of Famers), followed by water filter manufacturer E and the entire industry involving futures trading.
Sumito warns students on his website to never consider joining the temp staff agency, as employees will be expected to work 24 hours a day. The prominent IT company he describes as militaristic – employees are forced to climb Mt Fuji on a whim, physical abuse is common, and if one refuses to show up at work, other staff will visit the home and literally drag the person to the office. The water filter manufacturer asks its new recruits during the training period to create a list of customers to meet the sales quota of 1,500,000 yen, implying that they will have to ask families and friends to buy the company’s products.
An apparel company staff posted on the website that half of the income is lost on the purchase of clothes as employees are expected to wear the brand’s newest design at work. A sexual harassment case describes how a male employee walked into the shower knowing that a female employee, unable to go home, was using the company facility.
Takita is a little skeptical about the truth of all such incidents reported, but says it cannot be denied either that there are labor issues at a number of companies included in the blacklist. The "black" corporations, on the other hand, stated they were not aware of such lists or simply indicated that they were not interested.
So, what’s your company’s evaluation?© Japan Today