Canon Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. It was interesting however left due to current management.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Canon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good company and met some great people, they have a unique niche.

    Cons

    Very disorganized and predominantly sales driven need to work with newer technology and be forward thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Move forward with times, stop being so paranoid and operate with transparency. There is a Iot of talking behind each other's backs.

  2. Unrealistic expectations with little compensation. Dying industry

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Representative in Boston, MA

    I worked at Canon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand Name Consumers Recognize. Great Health Benefits. Some great products. Some good work mates. They pay for parking.

    Cons

    Cut throat work environment. Management will tell you "forget the customers you just sold to", "we won't be able to keep them because our service and back of the house is horrible". "Your job is to be constantly prospecting and hunting to replace them". The industry has turned from building your book of business that you could flip every three years and earn significant high 5 or low 6 figure income. That's now a distant memory. Very, very few are earning $80K or higher. Staffing cuts continue every year so Division managers can make their bonus's.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the service level so we don't have to replace new customers that leave for dealerships or other competitors.
    Threatening your sales people with job loss every week/month will force you to look for new hires, with less experience. Try a new collaborative approach by treating the sales staff as mature professionals. Then, they'll actually make the phone calls and get real appointments.

  3. Ineffective management

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    Current Employee - Site Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Site Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Canon full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Building is nice, good work-life balance, generous time off policy, good computer based training

    Cons

    Ineffective managers, won't put new policies in writing so they change on a whim.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to suggestions from employees.

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  5. Not a place for anyone with enthusiasm and spirit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Canon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * End of the year bonus
    * Employee sale twice a year
    * 401K matching

    Cons

    * Walking morgue. A lot of the employees have been there more than 20 years and have no more life in them.
    * Too many chiefs. No room for advancement. Especially if you are not a Japanese male.
    * Red tape city. Can't get things done fast and efficiently. It is amazing that Canon is still a leader in anything.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and let young thought-leaders take your place.

  6. Got worse with time

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Canon

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the company

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees

  7. Eye opener toward a Fortune 500 subsidiary business culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Canon

    Pros

    Good benefits and a way to get a start toward working in an office environment.
    Company has tuition reimbursement so a bit of advice get your education and afterward leave for better pastures.

    Cons

    Low pay and you have to apply multiple times (beg) to get a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay and acknowledge that your kiss-ups are always not the best people for the promotional advances.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Canon Business Solutions: A good place to get training, a bad place if you have any experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Canon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Canon is a large company that is able to provide great support systems that other small competitors do not have available to them. Canon Business Solutions offers great health benefits packages. For people at the beginning of their careers, Canon offers excellent training programs.

    Cons

    Canon is too slow to react to market changes in order to stay competitive. The decision making and processes are too inflexible to stay up to date with the changing sales environment. It seems like upper management is out of touch with the real situation in the market place. In addition, the employee moral is extremely low. This could be a result of the compensation packages being lower than industry averages.

    Advice to Management

    More decision making power needs to be given on a local level. Canon loses many opportunities due to slow decision making.

  9. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at Canon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good cost performance. nice bonus compared with other underperforming electronic company
    managers are generally nice, and not pushy
    not laying off

    Cons

    shabby bonus these years, for almost half a decade
    slow and bureaucratic. everything needs authorization
    enforced work life balance only to cut pay by reducing overtime, with the same workload
    no work life balance, as you still have to work overtime, but no pay
    no rent subsidy
    claims to value people by merit rather than years worked, not the case at all.
    cost cut on everything, reducing company resorts, or make it so expensive that nobody wants to use. and you have to take a poll in order to use it

    Advice to Management

    dump work life balance
    no more hypocritical crap, or you lose loyalty of all your workers
    the business is bad, camera done for. what will you do?

  10. Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Accounts Executive - Copier Machines in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Accounts Executive - Copier Machines in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Canon full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good training programme for people with no or minimal sales experience.
    - Wonderful colleagues who are energetic and supportive.
    - High possibility of internal transfers to explore and fulfil one's potential.

    Cons

    - Revised remuneration package is very disappointing.
    - Micromanagement culture
    - A lot of red tapes, rigid environment resulting in a lot of frustrations.
    - Minimal work life balance as staffs are expected to stay late as an indicator of being sincere for the job.

    Advice to Management

    - Please kindly reconsider your remuneration package and style of management. 2-way communication seems to be non-existent between supervisor and subordinates.

  11. Incredible employee loyalty to company, sadly too much relying on this and paying too little attention to rewards

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canon

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots to be done
    Lots of opportunities
    Mostly good macro management

    Cons

    Always the same get to be promoted
    Clear gender discrimination in salaries and opportunities
    Becoming very heavy at the top

    Advice to Management

    Listen more deeply to what (field) employees are saying

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