In the last chapter, I described some of the groups of people within the organisation of C-Life. In the present chapter I continue this process in more depth, by following the major stages in the career of the typical C-Life employee.
Why do people come to work for C-Life, and what sort of people are they? In answering this question we shall learn something about the kind of ideology and ethos that characterises the company.
As with most other major Japanese companies, new employees are hired as a group in April. The company employs various recruiting methods, including advertising in recruiting magazines or direct visits to universities by company members. The backgrounds of the members of the international section at the time that I entered the company were as follows:
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According to the responses to the survey I distributed to the international division in 1992, two thirds of the members had had no thoughts other than working for a large Japanese company.