I got hired by a social game company in Tokyo. Contract employee for 9 months. What I'm concerned about is my pay is pretty crappy. 20man a month.
It was supposed to be 30man a month as a full-time employee, but they said I have no "professional" translation or IT experience, so they don't REALLY know if I can do the job right. Also, since it's a game company, my job isn't just localization, but +alpha, they also want to see if I can do that +alpha as well(not sure what it is yet).
But I SEEM to be able to do the job because of my fan translation experience, I speak Japanese fine and have JLPT1 and Kanken2. So even though I have no "professional" translation or IT experience, they're giving me 9 months to prove my worth. That's their reasoning. Really, does it takes 9 months to prove my worth though? I think they just wanna pay me peanuts as long as possible.
Looking at the contract, it seems like I will get paid for overtime.
Calculating the hourly rate, it looks like I get around 1200 yen an hour. After taxes and insurance, I probably end up with 17man yen. I'm pretty frugal, so I can still manage to save a bit even with this awful salary.
They pay for my transportation, an extra 5,000 yen every month to help with cell phone fee, it's social games after all. Fruit buffet every morning, sports facilities free to use.
But still , my pay seems so low... I'm gonna stick it out for 9 months since it'll be nice to have some "professional" game translation on my resume.
It also concerns me that the answers they gave me at interview#1, interview#2, offer interview, were somewhat contradictory. I'll have to see for myself if this place is ブラック.
As for company name, I'll just say it worked with Bamco on Tales, Capcom on Basara, and their C. Tsubasa game won awards( you can play it on niconico too).
But considering Level 5 pays their part-time translators only 750 yen/hour, I guess I don't have it that bad?http://www.level5.co.jp/creator/parttime03.html
I saw a lot of medical translation places hiring, and man, the salary is so much higher than game translation. But I got the impression they're even more strict on who they hire.
I spent many hours surfing the Japanese web on low salaries, how people save money, becoming a full-time employee, etc. and found this funny DBZ pic: http://blog-imgs-33-origin.fc2.com/k/u/s/kususoku/20110728195904_8_1.jpg