Canon Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
61 Reviews

3.1
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Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • An excellent name to have on a resume, as it's large and has a strong reputation, brand recognition (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Minimal work life balance as staffs are expected to stay late as an indicator of being sincere for the job (in 4 reviews)

  • no work life balance, as you still have to work overtime, but no pay (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    DO EVERYTHING AT WORK FOR MICRO-PAY!!!!!! NOT WORTH IT!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    some co-workers were good to work with.

    Cons

    no room for growth, no pay increase, dead end job, managers are not honest and do many dishonest things behind your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your employees for the good things they do and show it in their paycheck, not just a pat on the back!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    is a good place to leave

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate  in  Lake Success, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Lake Success, NY

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    being an intern in this company is a good opportunity to learn ... be working in all .... for nothing

    Cons

    managers and supervisors make a single group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a staff turnover of 100% in a year, I think this situation needs to be revised. or expect a higher percentage.?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Major Disappointment at Canon

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    Former Employee - Specialist  in  Lake Success, NY
    Former Employee - Specialist in Lake Success, NY

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    Brand recognition, good location, good benefits.

    Cons

    Remember in college when the white kids and the black kids and asian kids all sat at different tables in the cafeteria? Well, here at Canon it's exactly like that. The Top Management Japanese congregate together, speaking Japanese. They are imported from Japan (expats) and get better benefits, pay, etc. They even have a separate benefits package. They email each other in Japanese and are even sat in the same cubicle areas together. There is a japanese side and American side. All the lower employees are American, thus creating an atmosphere of gossip, backstabbing and jockeying for recognition from the Japanese. Middle Management try to secure their positions by limiting your access to upper management. Management tries to encourage an atmosphere of cooperation, all new employees are subjected to a week long brainwashing orientation, encouraging kyosei, teamwork and team spirit. Great philosphy, but you find that once you get back to your small cubicle, that other employees are not buying it.

    Work load is tremendous and at the same time HR sends out numerous mandated online course requirements, with deadlines and even encourages you to complete them on your off time at home. In fact, certain courses are not allowed to be completed during work hours!!!! and you are not paid for this.

    Also, imagine working for a camera company and not being able to buy one for a discounted price? They run "camera" sales for only certain models at only 1 -2 times a year for 2 weeks. However, the Spring sale was cancelled unexplained.... I needed a camera and bought a Nikon. How stupid of management not to promote their camera through their employees. Big lost opportunity.

    Also Japanese renegs on the "rewards". About 100 people given rewards for outstanding performance with a trip to Japan, but after a month, half were told that they couldn't go and perhaps they would go next year.... huh? What if you're not here next year! Bogus.

    Cafeteria closes sharply at 9am! and 2pm to encourage you to go back to your desk.
    Arcane software that was written by Canon for their operations in 1982 and is still being used. Original programmers from Japan was called back 2008 to "retool" the software because of its bugs, redundancies and basic uselessness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop importing your top management with Japanese expats. They don't know the culture, speak the language well enough. New expats rotate every 2-3 years so you have lower management training top management all the time, causing resentment and ineffectiveness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    No creative working environments at all

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canon full-time

    Pros

    Learn about org. and how to make people follow the rules and regulations.

    Cons

    Terrible creative thinking environment
    Extreme hierarchy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Camera company should be more creative and flexible to think about the next gen of photography market. The equipment itself is not important at all because more than 80% of people already have a camera on their hands in this era. To be survived, Canon should transformed more to be a photography and platform service company, not just a camera maker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Territory Sales Representative

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good products.
    well known company.
    promote from within.

    Cons

    low pay. (cheap)
    everyone starts from the bottom even if you have 10 years experience.
    products are 25% more expensive than competition, makes it harder to sell. hence lower income.
    Base salary is $30000.00 and car allowance is $4000.00 annually.
    You might need to work 50-60 hours a week to hit sales quotas of $320000.00 annually.
    Sales quotas was close to $360000.00 annually, got reduced to $320000.00 in 2012 due to majority (60%) of sales reps not reaching their quotas so management was under a lot pressure to reduce it or face many sales reps quitting their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    strange working environment

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    Former Employee - Procurement  in  Amstelveen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Procurement in Amstelveen (Netherlands)

    I worked at Canon as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    you were always kept informed about the goings on for the company. They helped devise concise career paths for their employees. Alot of people worked in the company for a long time

    Cons

    Far too many meetings. They seemed to be more interested in the perception of work getting done rather thne then actual amount of work that gets done. The work values were very old school traditional. They could not grasp that some might be more functional multi tasking rather then staribg at a screen all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on what work gets done instead of how it gets done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    They are a horrible place to work. They structure the roles to make certain of failure. They go back on commitments.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    The money is ok at times.

    Cons

    Took 10 years off my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious or exit the industry segment. Concentrate on cameras.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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