Panasonic Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    ICON in the Electronics Industry, reinventing itself for the future - Re-learning !

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    Former Employee - IT Business Partner in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Business Partner in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Strong Brand with an incredible History
    Historically a warm working environment, great people
    US Based business seems to be setting the pace for global operating units to follow

    Cons

    Bottom-line Global Financial performance in the last few years has been the lowest in its 100 + year history.
    A survivalist theme has since added an over arching tension to the work place & culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more receptive to change from within
    Maintain a better read on the pulse of regional markets to help support the parent company in setting strategic direction
    Be more responsive to consumer, listen ... you need to be more nimble to out pace the completion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Customer and Resource Centric to Potentially a Fault

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panasonic

    Pros

    Employees tend to be knowledgeable and experienced. Very few projects are shelved though many are underutilized. Employees tend to be friendly and cooprative.

    Cons

    Employee structured development is minimal. The method and extent of the emphasis on profits and current bottom line adversely impact product quality and longevity and ultimately customer and employee satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place greater emphasis on creating a foundation on which future growth and stability with have a better footing. Attract and hire management that has a track record in this area.

  3. Learn a lot

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Its a good place to work

    Cons

    To many lay offs since the company open

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Data Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panasonic full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity for travel and jobs

    Cons

    The management is always switching around

  6. Good corporate culture and work environment.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. High focus on people development. Possibility to work with people from all various countries and backgrounds. Great technology and innovations with product you can be proud of.

    Cons

    Poor communication without product management and engineering management. Difficult business environment caused a number of restructuring activities in recent years. Some business areas are facing high uncertainty for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on communication with upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Okay work environment.

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    Former Employee - Cus
    Former Employee - Cus

    I worked at Panasonic

    Pros

    Easy work to do.

    Cons

    No recognition for accomplished work
    For going above and beyond to complete it and help others finish theirs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge employee work and don't play favoritism with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Panasonic as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience for someone starting in their career, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Hard to move up or become a FT, two cultures sometime conflict

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Once Mighty Consumer Electronics Giant...Now More Concerned About Selling Batteries To Tesla, et al

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    No question during my time with this company the compensation was good, but I had to fight for every level I accomplished along the way. Benefits were excellent especially in today's business environment post Obamacare where so many companies are shifting more and more costs off to employees that the insurance carriers themselves have decided they want to "pocket" as more profit.

    Cons

    NO work life balance. 24/7 connected by e-mail, texts and company supplied devices. Lots of management shift their responsibilities downward and deflect their work to others. Japanese management asks for endless reports on the same subjects over and over until they get the numbers that sorta jive with what they were looking for. Like going in circles? Since the U.S. is a major market for training a lot of their younger managers for future senior roles they are stubborn and hard headed and refuse to listen or understand when a given category, business or market changes. Like it's "our" fault. And usually never they accept blame that perhaps the PRODUCTS were the reason for the business decline or failure and not the tireless and hard working efforts of the American staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more work life balance (even machines need a rest)! Quit setting up impossible sales targets and start paying fairer bonuses. Listen more to employees. And for the Japanese management- understand that even though Panasonic is Japanese owned that doesn't mean the Japanese staff are always right. Learn to cooperate more with American staff and practice here the same true teamwork and consensus like you do in Japan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Benefits

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at Panasonic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefit package was quite good. Healthcare coverage was excellent. Sales people had very nice company cars. 401K had a match. Vacation/holidays were generous. Excellent, high quality products.

    Cons

    It is difficult to adjust to Japanese culture/methods/policies. No clear career path for promotions. Do more with less attitude. Every month's sales is critical. Constant need for reports/paperwork/market surveys. Product innovation lacking. Competitors are more nimble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Throughout a 7 year span, no two days were alike

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Secaucus, NJ

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with great products and a rich history of innovation. Very customer focused and interested in developing products that the customer demands.

    Cons

    Like many large corporations, the comp plan perpetually changes and rarely (if ever) to the benefit of the sales team. Fluctuations in territory, vertical focus, and management were unrelenting, making it difficult to get into any kind of groove. Very political...the "in-crowd" or "good old boys" network made it appear that in order to advance, you must fall in line with the aforementioned. Otherwise, you were relegated to a role that did not offer much in the way of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the field people a bit better in the form of proper training, consistent compensation plan, and carefully articulated career path planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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