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Other than "looks good on your resume", this place won't do anything for you...

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Current Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Lake Success, NY
Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Lake Success, NY

I have been working at Canon USA

Pros

The company is solid and people are impressed when they see Canon USA on your resume. New building looks like it will be nice. Benefits are decent.

Cons

Little room for advancement, poor management, very low pay scale, Japanese control everything and enjoy much higher pay, bad corporate culture. This is just a bad place to work if you are motivated. You are expected to be happy where you are and happy with your low salary. If you say anything you are told to look for a job in the city and that the salaries are on par for Long Island (which they are not!) They scare everyone into being fearful of losing their jobs by laying off groups of people due to "restructuring" (some 20+ year veterans) whenever they feel like it. If you're in the market for a new job keep searching for a better company!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop holding your employees back because you are afraid of losing your own jobs.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant  in  Lake Success, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Lake Success, NY

    I worked at Canon USA

    Pros

    It feels good to work at a well-known company. Canon is a very popular brand and people automatically assume you're in pretty good position if you tell them you work at Canon.

    Most of the senior managers are pretty competent and easy-going. My senior manager was very good. She was a good listener and very open to the ideas of her employees.

    Cons

    I had a poor middle manager. That was the main reason for my leaving the company. My middle manager was very inconsistent and seemed to worry most about her own job appraisal more than anything else.

    A lot of the people there also did not know anything about cameras or photography, which was kind of surprising. I guess that doesn't matter if they are good at their job.

    The senior management is also comprised of 99% Japanese or Caucasian males, meaning the corporate culture is kind of stuck in the 1950s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let people who can't manage become managers. Don't be so conservative or you will eventually fall behind. Most of all, don't dismiss the ideas of your employees just because you have more experience or authority.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to learn, but too low a ceiling to stay for long.

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

    I have been working at Canon USA

    Pros

    - Access to learning opportunities through online corporate academy
    - Good place for the detail-oriented individual or marketer just starting out
    - Easily recognizable brand
    - Lower-than-industry salary compensated by higher-than-industry paid time off (it just doesn't roll over)
    - New facilities coming in 2013 promise good things

    Cons

    - Low salary and ceiling for advancement
    - Required non-compete contract prohibits you from working in the US for 1 year for a competitor following termination or dismissal
    - Inefficient and inflexible corporate structure
    - Rotational benefit for Japanese expats not extended to non-Japanese; something that could breathe some innovation into the entire organization at every level and functional area.
    - New facilities will be too far away from NYC to attract and retain talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't accept the status quo if you see that it is no longer relevant or working for your products or target market. Employees and leadership should be allowed to manage upward as well as they manage downward.

    No opinion of CEO
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