NEC Corporation of America Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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NEC Corporation of America President & CEO Shinsuke Takahashi
Shinsuke Takahashi
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Pros
  • Good benefits & competitive salary (in 10 reviews)

  • Decent place to work, good work life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • NEC HQ (in Japan) definitely wants to have a share of the large US market (in 4 reviews)

  • Too top-heavy with executive management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Good company culture, management lacking

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America as a contractor

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

    Pros

    The work culture is fun and friendly. It is easy to work for NEC and maintain a work/life balance. I have observed full time NEC employees and they lead balanced lives. The benefits for full time employees are really good. Once you are hired full time, there is a lot of room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    The management is seriously lacking. They need to do a better job communicating with each other and clearly expressing their expectations to employees. They also have a tendency to lay off hardworking, committed, and intelligent temporary employees they should hire and keep temporary employees who are lazy just because they can make themselves sound good.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to communicate. Do a better job analyzing and reviewing temporary employees for hire.


  2. Sr. Sales Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at NEC for many years. They had wonderful technologies and the field team was given the latitude to pursue their own strategy for the assigned territories.

    Cons

    Brand awareness and a general lack of marketing made initiating conversations a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Increase Marketing efforts in North America


  3. Struggling to find them self.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irving, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people. Decent work life balance. Good benefits. They pay competitively but be happy with your starting salary because it won't grow by much.

    Cons

    Nearly non existent opportunities for advancement if you don't work in the Irving office. Pay increases are rare and small. Constant turnover in leadership. A CEO that obviously hasn't kept his eye on senior management. No solid marketing plan. In my division there were no seasoned sales folks left. Abandoned long standing customers. Cuts to 401K contributions. Lay offs at least once a year for the last 15 years. Many broken back office processes that have lasted for years.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and product line, think it through. Get a 5 and 10 year plan and then execute. Look at competitive products, find out why they're successful and attempt to imitate then differentiate. Ask customer, esp long standing customer why they left and address those issues.


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  5. Company is going through some much needed changes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were good, Great work / home balance. Future is bright if they focus on the right business strategy and cut ties with the under performing ones.

    Cons

    Business is controlled out of Japan. At times it seems that there was a lack of strategy from the C-Suite.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the business units that are underperforming


  6. Feckless Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Irving, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has excellent technology and an extensive product mix with usefulness across a broad range of industries. The company is extremely customer-service oriented, and the work environment is friendly, ethical and incorrigibly optimistic. The company offers a competitive benefits and compensation package and management places a strong emphasis on work-life balance.

    Cons

    Significant changes in executive leadership in recent years; marginally effective marketing of products and services; unfavorable P&L results despite multiple strategic initiatives

    Advice to Management

    Focus on more effective marketing strategies, Communicate strategic initiatives internally to middle management and front line employees with greater specificity and consistency.


  7. Great Company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to grow from within is great and company culture is top notch. NECAM seems to be growing in the channel segment.

    Cons

    Direct side is in flux. Every 2-3 years they try and re-invent the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Get strong Japanese leadership back in the US.


  8. Senior Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work on variety of platforms and applications to round out experience.

    Cons

    Poor strategic direction and long sales cycle make the possibility of long term stability a real problem.


  9. Great people, but floundering executive team & parent company misdirection

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President in Irving, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The employees are hardworking and generally act well in teams. Lots of good people at this company. Very good benefits. Salaries in most functions seem competitive to local market.

    Cons

    Executives are struggling to understand how to move the business forward in the US, and the Japanese parent has a lot of control. There is not a well-developed strategy; the company has a revenue goal in mind with no actual plan how to get there. Significant lack of marketing expertise and budget. Many of the products are outdated and not competitive in today's market - which is interesting because the parent company has a lot of innovative new products that could be sold in the US if only there was an actual strategy or marketing plan.

    Advice to Management

    Create a documented and articulated strategy. Modify the executive team to incorporate more collaboration, teamwork and strategic thinking (esp. in your Biometrics area). Get a Strategy & Marketing VP (not just "go to market" tactical people). Stand up to your parent company - which you can't do until you have an actual plan (see sentence number 1).


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    Still here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Minimal Red tape. Good people for the most part, lack of the typical bureaucracy that goes with large corporations.

    Cons

    Minimal growth, lack of direction. Complete unwillingness to take any direction that involves more than a minimal risk.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stick with it. Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy.


  11. A company that is struggling to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Manager
    Current Contractor - Manager

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America as a contractor (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    People, flexible hours, location, great customer service attitude

    Cons

    Lack of growth and opportunities, constant cut backs, salary increases are non-existent, promotions are very scarce and almost all VP levels are outside hires

    Advice to Management

    Employee morals is at an all time low, constant announcements about new VP hires at the same time when we are laying off people is puzzling.



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