Now 1.2 years ago I moved from Europe to Japan on a request to the company.
Raise was issued and I'm pretty happy with it.
Fast forward to the last 6 months: I've been doing far too much over work (top was January with 134 extra hours: all weekends/holidays (including new years'), everyday until last train 00:30, and before a demo from 8am to 5am for a couple of days in a row).
All those hours were due to a really bad calibration of the work load & time estimation by the previous manager. Projects would never be on time without those ridiculous amount of overtime by the whole team, as we basically do two months in one.
(Note: I've extensive experience in c/c++ and I'm currently doing management & lead developper on all the project I also manage, my role wasn't switched as I'm still assuming the bridge between the dev team and the direction, and handling costumers).
Company has been clear on the fact that those hours aren't normal and measure have been taken (+3 dev, +1 bridge) and stated that my hard work has been noted and will be valued on the yearly bonus.
I now received my bonus... at first it was (once tax removed) nearly $200.
I went to see my manager and he said that was definitely a mistake.
I then received a bonus of roughly $300.
As for performance:
Last year was packed with 11 projects, 9 were on time, 1 was canceled and the last one has been a great success for the company as it is now wanted by various costumer and will be this year main project.
I can't see any reason for that, more than low, bonus.
I did live it as a slap in the face, and rather get nothing than that, and has me wondering if I should look for greener pasture or not...
I've never been in that situation before, in Europe I know how to handle it, but in Japan with the very vertical and strict organization, I admit that I'm unsure on how I should proceed.
Should I forward my concern to the main office in Europe and risking to get the Japanese direction angry?
Has anyone experience on how to handle that in the Japanese culture?
Edit for clarification:
I don't mind the high pace, its actually challenging and I'm somehow enjoying it, still I would love to have my weekends.
My main goal is to negociate a bonus that match the amount of work, from experience in Europe bonus was monthly salary and more depending on performances.