Canon
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Updated Jun 7, 2014

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Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai

Fujio Mitarai

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "An excellent name to have on a resume, as it's large and has a strong reputation, brand recognition"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Minimal work life balance as staffs are expected to stay late as an indicator of being sincere for the job"
    in 4 reviews
  • "no work life balance, as you still have to work overtime, but no pay"
    in 3 reviews
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    Major Disappointment at Canon

    Specialist (Former Employee)
    Lake Success, NY

    ProsBrand recognition, good location, good benefits.

    ConsRemember in college when the white kids and the black kids and asian kids all sat at different tables in the cafeteria? Well, here at Canon it's exactly like that. The Top Management Japanese congregate together, speaking Japanese. They are imported from Japan (expats) and get better benefits, pay, etc. They even have a separate benefits package. They email each other in Japanese and are even sat in the same cubicle areas together. There is a japanese side and American side. All the lower employees are American, thus creating an atmosphere of gossip, backstabbing and jockeying for recognition from the Japanese. Middle Management try to secure their positions by limiting your access to upper management. Management tries to encourage an atmosphere of cooperation, all new employees are subjected to a week long brainwashing orientation, encouraging kyosei, teamwork and team spirit. Great philosphy, but you find that once you get back to your small cubicle, that other employees are not buying it.

    Work load is tremendous and at the same time HR sends out numerous mandated online course requirements, with deadlines and even encourages you to complete them on your off time at home. In fact, certain courses are not allowed to be completed during work hours!!!! and you are not paid for this.

    Also, imagine working for a camera company and not being able to buy one for a discounted price? They run "camera" sales for only certain models at only 1 -2 times a year for 2 weeks. However, the Spring sale was cancelled unexplained.... I needed a camera and bought a Nikon. How stupid of management not to promote their camera through their employees. Big lost opportunity.

    Also Japanese renegs on the "rewards". About 100 people given rewards for outstanding performance with a trip to Japan, but after a month, half were told that they couldn't go and perhaps they would go next year.... huh? What if you're not here next year! Bogus.

    Cafeteria closes sharply at 9am! and 2pm to encourage you to go back to your desk.
    Arcane software that was written by Canon for their operations in 1982 and is still being used. Original programmers from Japan was called back 2008 to "retool" the software because of its bugs, redundancies and basic uselessness.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop importing your top management with Japanese expats. They don't know the culture, speak the language well enough. New expats rotate every 2-3 years so you have lower management training top management all the time, causing resentment and ineffectiveness.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ci-tech at a glance.

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, great starting career for those in the relevant field.

    ConsCurrent promotion system could be a whole lot better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees, specially those who leave, and those who are left behind -- essentially everyone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    High Quality products range with global coverageCould

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExposed to varieties of job functions

    ConsStill dominated by headquaters in japan

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    No creative working environments at all

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLearn about org. and how to make people follow the rules and regulations.

    ConsTerrible creative thinking environment
    Extreme hierarchy

    Advice to Senior ManagementCamera company should be more creative and flexible to think about the next gen of photography market. The equipment itself is not important at all because more than 80% of people already have a camera on their hands in this era. To be survived, Canon should transformed more to be a photography and platform service company, not just a camera maker.

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

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Consshabby 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 Senior Managementdump 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?

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

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    good experience

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    London, ON (Canada)

    Prosgood company and products, clean

    Conssales getting tougher, competitition is intense

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    Management nightmare

    Account Manager-Copier Sales (Former Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsFreedom to work outside for the most part

    ConsToo much reporting to be done on an outdated clunky CRM

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of iCan

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

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    Very good collaborative working ethics

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsColleagues, stable working environment, nice products

    ConsNot very risk taking, sometimes too lengthy decision-making

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong company and brand name, good products

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Brussels (Belgium)

    ProsBrand name, large product gamma and shifting to services oriented company

    ConsSize of the organisation and flexibility related to that

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    a great environment to learn about the industry but limited career advancement opportunities

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    Prosyou learn a lot because job descriptions are not fully defined. It's a great place to learn work discipline as management has high expectations

    Consthe pay is lower than industry average and there's limited career growth opportunities. the foreign management style may not be for everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI learned a lot while working at Canon but wish Management would care more about employee morale and help them advance to be greater contributors to the company.

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

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