NEC Corporation of America
3.0 of 5 65 reviews
www.necam.com Irving, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

NEC Corporation of America Reviews

Updated Dec 10, 2013
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3.0 65 reviews

                             

40% Approve of the CEO

NEC Corporation of America President & CEO Shinsuke Takahashi

Shinsuke Takahashi

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Marketing & Business Development

Marketing & Business Development (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time for less than a year

ProsFriendly work environment, good for minorities

ConsNon-organized team, no order from the top

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Significant thrashing at upper levels of management

Sales Director (Former Employee)

I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe non-telephony business had been doing very well until 2012 but direction changes have had a significant impact.

ConsThe company seems to be willing to throw away significant opportunities in emerging IT markets to focus more on their core 'big iron' PBXs.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to separate the company into "Phone" and "Non Phone", go ahead! If you want to keep one cohesive company, that's great! But please pick one or the other and stick with it for awhile!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Land of the Silos

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsVery smart employees - they have some very good engineers who are dedicated to their customers
Good Benefit packages

ConsPeople do not want to work together. Most of the people at NEC have been there forever and do not want to change. They like to keep everything to themselves as they are afraid of change and afraid of loosing their job.

Does not give cost of living increases

management only does what is best for them

Advice to Senior Managementappreicate what your employees do. Move old employees into new roles, create career development paths. mentor employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be great. New management useless

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Long Beach, CA

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsBenefits are still pretty good

ConsNot stable anymore. Sinking ship

Advice to Senior ManagementTry treating employees like people again instead of just a number.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hardware Manufacturer transforming into a Services company

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Albany, NY

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsSmall company - access to management -decisions can be made quickly. NEC is a mature company, and needs to quickly transform if it is to survive growth in the 21st Century. There are many smart, capable and aggressive customer-facing people; some talented engineers, and fair managers.

Conssome disadvantages of a small company - limited critical mass of colleagues in a geographical area to collaborate with..... some disadvantages of a large company --- convoluted order management processes; limited alignment between sales and delivery; unclear direction from senior management resulting in confusion over what products and offerings to sell.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure the "packaged" solutions and offerings (eg for Higher Ed or Health) are adequately covered by trained and knowledgeable (pre- and post-sales) engineers who know how to design, install and support the solutions critical to NECAM's success.

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A dying dinosaur

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

ProsGreat quality products, good benefits and great place to be if you don't want to make decisions.

ConsContinue to be poorly managed, no leadership, upper management is not willing to take any risks, loaded with politicians looking to retired at NEC.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you really care about the company, hire new talent and fired the old politicians. They are sinking the company in deeper waters.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not what it's cracked up to be.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsTime off is Ok. Pay is very competitive.

ConsNo direction from upper level management. Japan runs the show no matter what part of the world the company is in.
Very Cheap when it comes to spending on marketing their products

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Dont let Japan run the US.
They do not know the US market.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor Leadership

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

Pros-Good Health insurance coverage
-Nice covered parking
-Building is at a nice central area
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Cons-Upper "American" management are yes-men so they can keep their own jobs
-No HR support for employees
-Layoffs are determined by "favorites" not performance or years of service
-No clear company mission statement.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are your assets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Decaying Dinosaur

Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsAutonomy to do your job and take on new challenges or initiatives.
Some decent mid-level managers.
Some incredible individual contributors.
A smattering of some truly great, innovative products: HYDRAstor, Virtual PC Center, Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
High quality products.
If you were willing to take initiative, risk, and more work without additional pay, title, budget or resources, you could (note the past-tense) create some programs with impact and get some recognition for it.

ConsMajor cuts in April 2009, Sept/Oct 2009, and March 2010 to both budget and headcount - each one deeper than the previous one and often without a clear picture of how to move forward. The last one cut 95% of marketing for a division that analysts had stated needed better marketing.

In a nutshell, NEC is a once-great company that is slowing dying due to poor organizational structure, antiquated culture and high-level executive management that is neither visionary nor nor clear on direction nor connected to their workforce, customers, or even the rest of the world. NEC Corporation of America is really just a distribution vehicle for NEC Corporation in Japan and lacks the funding, direction, products, and information needed from Japan to be successful.

- CEO changes in America and the parent company in Japan every 2-3 years just because that is just what they do.
- Inability to quickly adapt and change with changing market needs due to Japan needing to collaborate with every organization, discuss things and ask the same questions 100s of times, refusal to believe the information they are given if it doesn't agree with what they want, and then requiring 100% buy in on any change or action by multiple executives and divisions.
- Lots of promises, but zero commitment in actions/money to growth outside Japan.
- Lack of focus
- Unrealistic financial goals with neither the product, organizational, human or innovative strategy on how to make that happen.
- Major disconnect between upper management and the rest of the company and even the global market.
- True lack of understanding about business/market differences outside of Japan.
- Pay is WELL below industry average.
- Your manager WILL change every 6 to 9 months. This can be good or bad.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe last 6 months (Oct 09 thru Mar 10) you've been moving the wrong direction. You need to be more of a global company than an international one. Check out what HDS did to become more of a global company and follow suit...FAST.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing company with great history: Just don't get stuck in the wrong department

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sacramento, CA

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsGlobal impact, very diverse workforce.

ConsPoor management in the division I worked. Constant reorganization without taking the necessary steps to improve. Kaizen was preached but not acted upon. Too many cultural barriers and petty games to allow the division to succeed.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor the IDS division at least there are several nimble competitors whose technology was not too far behind NEC's and whose pricing was very competitive, leaving NEC floundering like a large fish without enough water. Managers must work with their teams instead of lording over them and there must be checks and balances to keep the bad individuals from driving away the talented.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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