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Canon Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
69 Reviews
3.4
69 Reviews
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Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai
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34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • An excellent name to have on a resume, as it's large and has a strong reputation, brand recognition (in 4 reviews)

  • Instructions were given out and there is little work autonomy (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • enforced work life balance only to cut pay by reducing overtime, with the same workload (in 4 reviews)

  • no work life balance, as you still have to work overtime, but no pay (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    Working for Canon was one of the best jobs I ever had. Treated their employees with respect. Generous bonuses, benefits and off site activities.

    Cons

    Unlike other companies that I have worked for, Canon did not have much in the "Cons" area. I put in many overtime hours because of deadlines and schedules, but that is typical in any development based companies.

  2.  

    Slavework

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Operator II in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Process Operator II in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Canon full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits!! Great bonuses.. Excellent vacations

    Cons

    Slavework..not enough pay, bad treatment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more. Your worker may like work more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Got worse with time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    is a good place to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Lake Success, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Lake Success, NY

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    being an intern in this company is a good opportunity to learn ... be working in all .... for nothing

    Cons

    managers and supervisors make a single group

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a staff turnover of 100% in a year, I think this situation needs to be revised. or expect a higher percentage.?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Eye opener toward a Fortune 500 subsidiary business culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Canon

    Pros

    Good benefits and a way to get a start toward working in an office environment.
    Company has tuition reimbursement so a bit of advice get your education and afterward leave for better pastures.

    Cons

    Low pay and you have to apply multiple times (beg) to get a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay and acknowledge that your kiss-ups are always not the best people for the promotional advances.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Canon Business Solutions: A good place to get training, a bad place if you have any experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Canon

    Pros

    Canon is a large company that is able to provide great support systems that other small competitors do not have available to them. Canon Business Solutions offers great health benefits packages. For people at the beginning of their careers, Canon offers excellent training programs.

    Cons

    Canon is too slow to react to market changes in order to stay competitive. The decision making and processes are too inflexible to stay up to date with the changing sales environment. It seems like upper management is out of touch with the real situation in the market place. In addition, the employee moral is extremely low. This could be a result of the compensation packages being lower than industry averages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More decision making power needs to be given on a local level. Canon loses many opportunities due to slow decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Solid company with good products.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    Market Leading Products and a solid focus on customer satisfaction/service.
    Strong focus on training and developing staff.

    Cons

    Canon products tend to be more expensive than most competitor's products, with little true differentiation and additional value.
    Canon tends to compete against itself via too many sales channels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the channels to avoid inter channel competition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Major Disappointment at Canon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Lake Success, NY
    Former Employee - Specialist in Lake Success, NY

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    Brand recognition, good location, good benefits.

    Cons

    Remember 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    canon

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

    I worked at Canon

    Pros

    job contents, level of profesionality

    Cons

    doing things right versus doing the right things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Key account manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Canon full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have a very strong company values. It was a great experience to work in Canon

    Cons

    Career path is longer in Canon

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