Working for 

Rakuten’s Tokyo HQ

Best Ecommerce company in Japan and looking to become the best internet company in the world


Having around 10,000 employees in Japan and 5,000 employees globally, Rakuten is Japan’s largest ecommerce company and their goal is to become the world’s best internet company. What this means is that for Rakuten ecommerce is only a part of the services that they provide. 


A digital-reading platform for all devices, a direct competitor to the Amazon Kindle


A chat application with over 800M+ monthly active users


A top research facility in Tokyo, creating innovative solutions


Over 70+ Microservices

Rakuten provides over 70+ other microservices, with a total of 1.2 Billion user base



You will be proceeding choosing your speciality by browsing the list of open positions available below. You will be going forward as the choosen speciality and which specific team you will be joining will be based on the interview process. 

Once you apply by clicking on the list of job positions on this website, it will take 1-2 weeks for the CV screening process to process 

Once you pass the CV Screening you will be invited for a technical round. This for roles like Software Engineer, Data Scientist, and so on will be a coding test on Codility Platform

For roles like Product Manager, Project Manager and similar roles it will be a phone conversation with the engineering & hiring manager





Once passing the technical round, you will be invited for the video interviews. This will be around 3-4 sessions, with each session being around 30 minutes to 1 hour each.

This will happen from the video if you are outside of Japan will happen onsite if you are in Japan. This will roughly take around 2-3 weeks for the process to finish.

Over 1.2 Billion Users and 15,000 Employees, Rakuten provides one of the best benefits 

Free Food from Rakuten's Cafeteria

Rakuten will be providing you food at their cafeteria and providing for your transporataion cost, which means you will have limited costs during the weekdays

Gym for Employees

Rakuten has an exclusive and large gym for employees to be using at their Tokyo office

Spa treatment and laundry service

Rakuten offers free laundry service and spa treatment like accupunture for their Tokyo HQ employees

Daycare for Young Children

For young children there is a daycare within the office building that provides English or Japanese education


What type of Visa will I and my family receive?

You will receive an engineering visa, which is often times valid for 3 years at which point the company will renew your Visa or you can apply for the permanent residency.

Your family will receive a spousal visa, which allows work until 28 hours per week. If your family decides to work full time, then the relevant company will sponsor the relevant visa.


How long does the interview process take?

It takes around 4 to 6 weeks from application start time to offer. Once you get an offer it takes around 3 to 4 weeks for the Visa to process. Once you receive a visa you can start work anytime, but most people take another 3 to 4 weeks to get settled, travel, and explore Japan.

What is the average salary?

The salary depends on the level of experience and how the interviewer perceives your abilities. pays one of the most competitive salaries in Tokyo.

With that being said, the average salary will be 6M to 11M JPY for Software Engineers, Product Manager, other related Individual Contributor positions. For Managers like Engineering Manager, Senior Program Manager, and other managerial roles the average salary will be between 9M to 15M JPY. On top of these salaries there will be stock options. For people who are making higher than this value, the company will be providing heavier stock options.

*M = Million


Why are they hiring outside of Japan?

One reason is because Rakuten only hires from top universities and would rather hire the best talent regardless of the location.

Second reason is because of the culture. Rakuten is highly multicultural and values diversity. With that being said they prefer people who have experience working in multicultural environment, ideally at one point having lived in English speaking countries.

Third reason is that Rakuten works in English and it is difficult to find good English-speaking talent in Japan.

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