Panasonic

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Panasonic Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
223 Reviews
3.0
223 Reviews
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Panasonic Chairman and CEO Joseph M. (Joe) Taylor
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great brand, good benefits, world class products (in 14 reviews)

  • Nice working environment and they provide good incentives (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • They had little regard for work/life balance and the turnover was extremely high (in 11 reviews)

  • There is no work/Life balance with this company (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company but future is not clear and vague.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Harrison, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Harrison, NJ

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product, Japanese culture is great. Awesome coworkers most of the time.
    Very friendly understanding environment. Not bad balance between work and family.

    Cons

    Senior management is adapting Trial and Error method with a lot of guesses than facts, study or taking advise, playing around with employes careers moving them around like chess pieces hoping it will work better, don't really care what you want, experience or where you would be a good fit.

    Not really looking for real business case, good read on market demand or customer requirement but rather show higher level managers that they are doing a lot of effort and unfortunately same behavior starts to trickle down.
    So promotions are reserved to whoever cheer for every word senior management say, but hard working knowledgable engineers stay at the bottom unknown till they decide to leave or get pushed out.

    A lot of meetings, power points and excel sheet with no real progress.

    And what make it worse is senior management seems to think that having good knowledgable engineers is an option rather than requirement.

    Horrible marketing department, really really bad. When is the last time you heard an advertisement, article or new technology from Panasonic, trust me they do have a lot I worked there and I know but their marketing group are busy with other stuff than marketing god only knows what it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop showing off start looking on how to make money rather than trying to impress each others for the sake of this great company.

    Stop monthly calls that waste everybody's time stop this expensive team meetings that cost the company a lot. If you want to discuss something then lets discuss why did we lose projects and customers and try to fix that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Manufacturer but way too many politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Panasonic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The product that you are selling is of very high quality

    Cons

    The division of Panasonic I work in (PSCNA) has way too many people in upper management and they are all part of a little club that protect themselves at the expense of everyone else and the overall business. They put forth strategies and initiatives that fail and instead of changing course they continue to stick to their plan as things get worse and worse. Think Titanic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to the few veterans that still remain from the AVT side of PSCNA. Give them an open format where they will not be penalized for giving their honest feedback and then enact a completely new plan and change direction quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Dysfunctional at PSCNA with no business leadership skills at the top. 20 year sales veterans don't make strong leaders.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panasonic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, the Panasonic name is well known despite the dysfunction and looks good on a resume. A few good people.

    Cons

    The company has been trying to transition to solution sales but does not have the right people resources to sell quickly. The solutions architecture team and solutions engineers are a joke. Taking third party software and services, adding points, selling through channel to add more points, does not win business in today's competitive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees often wonder and discuss if the President is really clueless. How does he not know that the sector leadership is so poor? They aren't capable of coaching change, can't engage the workforce and many sales team members are embarrassed to even bring them into customer meetings. A SAT team that says "we can do that" but never delivers....do you work at the same place that we do? How do you not know what's really going on?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Automotive Business Lacks Talented Mangement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company car, free gas, picnic

    Cons

    No growth plans for employees. Wages are sub par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is too timid. That doesn't work well with American customers. It's pretty much a Japanese company with some American faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Panasonic, read this- read it and take it seriously

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, large company, company car, gas card, some decent training.

    Cons

    Where to start... lost in the market, clueless as to what customers want and need, stuck in an old "ultra-rugged" mindset that no longer resonates with the market. Selling for Panasonic is likely similar to what the mainframe folks at IBM experienced in the 80's and early 90's- selling a platform that's being taken over by new technology- in that case, client-server. They suffered- badly, and so are Panasonic's sales reps.

    Panasonic puts all their eggs into ultra-rugged. But when you can purchase a new device, log into it and be exactly where you were when you left off with the damaged device... and within a few minutes thanks to cloud technology... there ceases to be value in paying two-to-three times the amount for an ultra-rugged device.

    People get that now... the market gets that... prospects definitely get that... only *Panasonic* doesn't seem to get that. And if they don't get that soon... the world is going to see a very, very different (i.e., smaller and less relevant) Panasonic than in the past.

    My advice to job seekers is to avoid companies that don't get it- instead, work for those who do. Life's just better when you're swimming *with* the stream instead of against it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cloud has DRAMATICALLY changed the need for ultra rugged and durable devices. When you can buy two or three new devices for the cost of one highly durable one, the rugged device can no longer be justified. It's become a no-brainer decision, and that's why you're losing market share and salespeople. You can ignore this advice and be the subject of a lecture at a business college in a few years, discussing companies that didn't adapt to market changes. Or, you can look at what's going on in the market, realize that durability isn't at the top of most companies minds anymore, and return to relevance. It's up to you, but someone has to be willing to tell Japan what they need to hear, instead of telling them what they want to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great experience for new 2 year graduates - Lousy for more experienced people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Danville, KY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Danville, KY

    I worked at Panasonic full-time

    Pros

    For a person with a 2 year degree or less, Panasonic is an excellent place to work. The pay is excellent and opportunities for a 2 year degree employee to grow are excellent. Great co-workers. Large parking lot with many open spaces.

    Cons

    Leadership and advancement based upon longevity rather abilities. Management lacks the ability to utilize the strengths and talents of the individuals in a group. Lack of initiative of management to make decision in directing activities. No new technology - wait for the competitors to determine the market -then copy the competitors. These items lead to a very high turn-over for people with a 4 yr degree or higher. Excluding Pay and Heath Care, the benefits have disappeared (No bonuses no perks). The general feeling is that the division could close anytime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1- Manage - Don't hide and/or wait for an individual from Japan to make the decisions for you (CYA).
    2- Learn about new development technologies and trust them and grasp how to utilize them.
    3- Thinking too old school in documentation and testing and information.
    4- Learn what micro-managing is and don't do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unfair Management with no Career growth

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

    I have been working at Panasonic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable job but with lot of self learning and teaching.

    Cons

    No career growth.
    No work and life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be given to the people who have worked long and shown loyalty to the company. The product is too complicated and to give high paying opportunities to outsiders is simply unfair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    HR is terrible. Was laid off.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company Car for Sales was an Audi A4

    Cons

    Lack of strong Management.
    Lack of training
    In constant panic mode
    In constant reactionary instead of proactive mode.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire all your reps that have been with you more than 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough times for a former industry leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues were great, but rarely given a chance to utilize their talents. Many of the talented people are jumping ship for competitors.

    Cons

    Lack of focus, no clear direction, no raises in years, no regard for work-life balance, empty promises for improvement, completely disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve. Don't be so reactive all the time. Create an environment that makes people proud to work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Progressively worse the longer I stayed.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good employees, quality products, strong b2b

    Cons

    lack of brand identity, poor/complacent management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the smart, younger people. Their vision and acuity may be sharper than yours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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