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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company in the past and trending downward over the years.

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work many many many years ago.

    Cons

    Below are highlights:
    - Inefficient decision making process.
    - Non-inspirational and boring culture.
    - Limited growth if your below a Japanese expat.
    - Highly political environment and a lot of finger pointing.
    - Meetings upon, meetings, upon meeting on the same subject.
    - Two sets of rules. One for locals, one for Japanese Expat.
    - Very weak vision and leadership at the top.
    - Disconnected with current market trends and culture. Old thinking. Old, old thinking.
    - Lack of Trust for the front line employees.
    - Sets policy assuming everyone in the world is evil and bad.
    - Policy for writing a policy and a policy for developing a policy.
    - Non-inclusive culture.
    - A lot of underperforming staff caused by constant Japanese management rotation.
    - A lot of red tape, mountains of red tap, I'm serious MOUNTAINS.
    - Current CEO eliminated christmas party and summer bar-b-que forever.
    - If you like sitting around waiting for a decision, this is the place for you.
    - No lunch at desk allowed.
    - Extremely week Japanese expat management and staff. Expat stay longer hours, but the level of quality work is significantly less.
    - Claims to use benchmark against other corporations and picks and chooses only what's bad for employee and leaves out all the goodies.
    - The list goes on by too tired to list all.
    It use to be a good company many years ago. There was less Expat and more trust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and trust your American employees, not just the top layer. The culture and moral is in dire need of a refresh. Without proud employees you enjoy coming to work the brand will suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Insights in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Insights in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Extremely helpful. Walked you through the entire process. Learned quite a lot from all the senior directors and senior associates at the office located in long island new york.

    Cons

    There aren't a lot of cons to working at this company. The only con would be that there isn't a lot of collaboration going on between different divisions and groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "It's a job, not a career..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Budget Specialist in Melville, NY

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

    Pros

    It's a local LI company that has good job security, great people to work with and excellent products.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected from the worker bees. Although there are some members of the SR Management team that are interested in your ideas getting things done is next to impossible with the meetings about meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do the job they were hired for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Mediocracy Lives Here

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Melville, NY

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

    Pros

    Semi-stable company, good Brand, decent pay, Fancy new HQ.

    Cons

    If you are not Japanese, you will not succeed here. No growth for Americans, particularly females. Expatriates take up all top management spots. Rigid Japanese-like policies will make this company fail. Zero flexibility! Zero management discretion! HR's hands are clearly tied by CEO - new SVP and quality Sr. Director trying to make changes but swimming against Japanese tide. Camera and printer sales plummeting thanks to new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ASK - then listen with an open mind. Implement some flexibility before you lose all of your decent employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    What's Wrong with HR.......

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Melville, NY

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

    Pros

    If by "Pros", you mean "Professionals"....there are none here.

    Cons

    What's wrong with HR rhymes with party, smarty, hearty, claxon, axon and maxon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None since you don't listen anyway.......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Slow paced, very strong Japanese culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Planning Analyst in Lake Success, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Planning Analyst in Lake Success, NY

    I have been working at Canon USA full-time

    Pros

    Lifetime employment without doing much, nice people, 9-5 job

    Cons

    Leadership team is all Japanese (except CBS president), uninspiring, slow, most people are from Long Island, decisions not made without consensus of entire team and President

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make room for foreigners in senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Privacy Allowed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canon USA

    Pros

    Benefits are okay. Company is fairly stable as the Japanese are usually reluctant to let someone go, even if the person is completely incompetent. If you are a manager or higher, your salary is very healthy.

    Cons

    Your salary depends on your title, and not on your competency, your work ethic, or how long you have been there. The low walls separating the cubicles and the open-floor plan in the new headquarters at Melville is totally counter productive to thinking and working efficiently. The complete lack of privacy forces you to hear all the phone calls and conversations that take place around you all day long, and to see what everyone else is doing, too. The new cubicles are extremely cramped, and offer very little room to store your work or belongings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Americans like lots of space and cherish their privacy. Redesign the cubicles to give back space and privacy so the workers can do their jobs properly.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    you need to be Japanese.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Melville, NY

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

    Pros

    good benefit, good co-workers, good learning step

    Cons

    you will be for ever in the same position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    update your criteria

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Lack of career options, Pigeon Holed easily, Terrible low level managers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canon USA

    Pros

    The rank and file employees are great people very knowledgeable in their areas. Stability in the job. Many people in the company have retired there and its common to see people working there for well over 10+ years.

    Cons

    Managers are either great or terrible. There is a huge disconnect on communication and no incentive for employees to do better than they have to with lack of career options (managers have to retire or quit which is rare) Innovation is sorely lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some incentive for employees to want to do more besides awards. Something that truly rewards and recognizes effort beyond shallow attempts to recognize effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I feel like I'm back in school

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

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

    Pros

    Very peaceful and welcoming work environment. Very good training program for new employees. Very nice and newly built building. Pleasant people to work with.

    Cons

    Low salaries. The rumor goes around that people hardly get promoted or can move to other departments within the company. Too much rules and regulations about how to eat your food, how to use the fitness center, etc. We are not even allowed to eat at our desks. The fitness center just opened but they made us do some homework and sign a waiver before letting us using it! Like we are bunch of little kids who do not know how to behave!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your employees progress in their career and get promoted. They are all hard working people with high goals and dreams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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