Daiwa Capital Markets America

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Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Interesting management structure

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid Japanese Equity Research product

    Cons

    Duel management roles. For every manager there is a Japanese and American co-manager. The Japanese manager has final say.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the bureaucracy.

  2. No room to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Daiwa Capital Markets America

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

    Pros

    Not much over time.

    Cons

    Company distinguishes employees from HQ and locally hired. These managers and employees from HQ don't even listen to suggestions from locally hired employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be open for changes. Give employees opportunities to grow.

  3. Information Technology Staff Changes Required

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working in Daiwa's IT department is not bad if you are on the last leg of your career or do not mind being insulted and spoken to like you are trash.

    Cons

    There aren't many but two or three individuals in the IT department have little self-respect and believe they know everything therefore they speak to and address colleagues like peasants. Management needs to nip this.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management would be for management to ask the opinion of other team members rather than asking the same one or two people for their professional opinions. Management may then realize they have authenticate gems in their department.

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  5. Pathetic Senior Mngt

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

    I have been working at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    If you are content or a 2 or 3 time loser in the Brokerage Industry, Daiwa is for you. They do recycle garbage alot.

    Cons

    Ironically, it's the Senior American Managers that are the cons.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is this: Stop being phony. Back in the old Wall Street days, you would have been laid out. Walk around more and see the garbage that you promoted, and maybe you will realize what most of us know. Some of the current Managers are pathetic. A company like Daiwa is good for people who can not make it at the real Firms.

  6. Senior mangement out of touch and provide little if any leadership. There is no sense of mission.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the American staff is great to work with. Pay is great. Fairly good benefits. Great vacation allowance but sometimes difficult to take days and strict no carry over policy.

    Cons

    Senior management tends to be elitist, especially from Japan. They are very out of touch with what is going on at the staff level. No culture. No goals or mission. There is no sense of purpose or mission. Very little employee engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Engage middle managers and staff.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not very people focused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Daiwa Capital Markets America part-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    medical benefits, great holiday party

    Cons

    Very regimented and not concerned about individual employees.

  8. Brain dead management & unprofessional staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lazy, incompetent staff survive well here

    Cons

    Lazy, incompetent staff survive far too well here

    Advice to Management

    Engage with revenue producers. Clean out the dead wood. Lose redundant layers of Japanese and foreign management .

  9. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Vice President

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Relax atmosphere and flexibilities that allow you to do many things

    Cons

    too many senior people and no junior environment

  10. Conservative company, Red Tape

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Plays safe bets, tries hard to follow through unlike risk takers who may bet heavy and then fold
    Good for long term employment if you don't mind the policies

    Cons

    Too many restrictions and policies that people follow without questioning reason.
    Indecisive middle management.
    Not very satisfying to movers and shakers.

  11. Prepare to bang your head against a wall repeatedly. Operations, not trading run the floor.

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

    I worked at Daiwa Capital Markets America full-time

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

    Pros

    If you are a political animal, this is a good firm, as those with political savvy will rise.

    Cons

    Prepare to bang your head against a wall repeatedly. Operations, not trading run the floor.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on revenue generators & stop shuffling management around.

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