Kyocera Technology Development

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Kyocera Technology Development Reviews

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    This is where you work when you can't find anywhere else.

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

    I have been working at Kyocera Technology Development

    Pros

    Benefits, stability and they leave you alone as long as you are doing your job. GM is trying to fix it - but too many managers are so negative that they don't want to be held accountable. The people there are really nice and hard working - but taken advantage of.

    Cons

    No career path or promotion opportunities. Most people either are there because they can't find another job or are tied to a visa. It shows in the attitudes. The good engineers leave as soon as they can find another job - even if it means adding an hour commute. Very Japanese mentality of the longer you are at your desk, the more loyal employee your are - regardless if you get any work done. Too many meetings that get absolutely nothing accomplished! Management (GM, HR, IT, some new Department Managers) are more progressive and try to do the right thing, but way too many managers stuck in the "Kyocera way".

    Kyocera Philosophy - don't get me started - looks like a prayer book and the videos are horrible - yes, we are required to sit through hours of videos every month preaching the Kyocera Philosophy. Poor HR manager has to facilitate and cringes at all of the potentially discriminatory and taboo subjects.

    GM is trying to hold people accountable but some managers are fighting and trying to sabotage his efforts so they don't look bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision - are we going to be run like an old-school company or get out of the dark ages and become more western business culture based. There is a fine line between cheap and frugal - and this company comes across as cheap, while "philosophizing" (preaching) being frugal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    QA Tester

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Concord, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Technology Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job security. You get paid for doing the bare minimum and unless you really work hard to not do your job or anger upper management, you won't get fired. There was a yearly bonus which was pretty sweet.

    Cons

    Management does not know a thing about managing people. Company culture is that of a Japanese company: work hard (10+ hrs) = favoritism. This company never thinks outside the box, and for employees who want to push the envelope, they get scolded for. If you're not a "yes-man", you're put on the crap list and will be labeled as a "troublemaker". No room for growth. I worked there for three years and never saw anyone get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of your butt.. stop thinking you're so much better than the people you manage. Everything can be made into a learning experience, educate instead of making people feel stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Way too wrapped up in Japanese business culture

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

    I have been working at Kyocera Technology Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, job security. New GM and HR Manager are trying to change culture, but it's sometimes a losing battle.

    Cons

    In-effective managers who are managers because they reached the top of their career path at company. Apathetic approach to projects since the corporate office in Japan will change things anyway and demand results even though the process is broken. No career path or growth opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to GM, he is trying to improve and change a toxic culture. GM and HR Manager has tried to make improvements but can only do so much when too many employees are stuck in old ways and defer to corporate anyway.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of talking but no brains, the lack knowledge at management level of and stakeholders is critical.

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

    I have been working at Kyocera Technology Development full-time

    Pros

    Health, dental, some vision and 401k

    Cons

    Unfortunately the lack of knowledge of those in management and in control of projects is severe leading it to push out any and all talent it may have. There is no standard held, there is very few american citizens, even few women. Very high incidence of discriminations of gender and race. Majority of management is male with cultural attitudes that reflect in the management styles. Employee are not held to be of importance but instead expected to be used with little input and expect employees to be honored to work for them. They require all employees to sit and listen to a founders spiritual philosophy but do not enforce their own actions accordingly. They do use the Philosophy hand books, one pocket version like the bible. It is said to be grounds to be fired if employees do not attend video sessions of guru sharing a passage in his book.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education is greatly needed to increase the quality of work, currently the Management staff is extremely under educated and experienced and well versed and knowledgeable employees are leaving to work with intelligent companies

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

    If you want to be proud of what are you doing - do not work here

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

    I worked at Kyocera Technology Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not bad benefit package.
    Job security.
    Non stress environment, good work/life balance: you do not need to care about the job,can do nothing the whole day (oh, is this a pros?)

    Cons

    Not healthy work environment. A lot of politics. You are less than nothing if you are not Japanese or Chinese.
    As soon you cross the office threshold, you travel in time and space from CA to Japan, from freedom to slavery.
    Nobody cares if your work brings any result, just show your effort and report in the way that your manager likes and you are fine.
    Management treats employees as middle school kids - they have not caught you yet, but you surely did something wrong. The important factors during performance evaluation are what time you come to work, leave, how many times you go to the kitchen, who you are speaking to during the work hours, your attitude to company philosophy and ability to communicate in Japanese way. Your work contribution, skills and knowledge weight about 30%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn English and American work ethic. Respect employees. Use new technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very stable software company if you want to get paid while you do nothing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Concord, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Technology Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable job. No fear of layoff. No one works hard, and you don't have to, so that the work-life balance is good. Guaranteed annual bonus.

    Cons

    Work shift. 8AM-5PM, 8:30AM-5:30PM, or 9AM-5PM. You must be on time and can't leave the office early. Worship the founder like a religious cult. The employees are not paid well, so they tend to fight due to the frustration. Racially divided. This company is located in infamous bad neighborhood called Concord, California. You know what to expect...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak English, not Chinese or Japanese. Learn American way to do business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Concord, CA

    I have been working at Kyocera Technology Development

    Pros

    Fair working environment. You will be rewarded for hard work.

    Cons

    Its located in Concord, CA

    Recommends
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Concord, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Technology Development

    Pros

    There is not alot of positive feedback to say about this company. I've worked there for 2 years and my experience throughout my 2 year term was a nightmare, from management to the work environment itself. Everyone that's working for this company is just here to collect a paycheck. They dont take pride in what they do, the morale is low. It is a dreadful 8hours per day doing robotic work.

    Cons

    You have managers that does not know how to speak English. Most of the managers are Chinese that seems like they came from China a year ago. When talking to them, i feel like I'm in an ESL class. These managers are very closed minded, your opinion does not count. Being under a Chinese manager feels like your in a cummunist state, they are tyrants and slave drivers. It is a dead end job. the turn over ratio is really high, you see people come and go all the time. I am glad I left. For future employees or applicants, read all the reviews for this company before you apply it will save you alot of time and headaches. believe me unless you're really desperate for a job. it's a job that people pass over and it is the only choice because you have to make ends meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire managers that can speak English very well. they need to go to back to school for basic training and learn work ethics in corporate america.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Kyocera Document Solutions Development Philippines Incorporated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cebu City (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cebu City (Philippines)

    I have been working at Kyocera Technology Development full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are okay, working environment is okay too. Gives 100% half-year bonus. Company heads are friendly. Promotes company outing like summer outing and family day.

    Cons

    Salary increase is low. Not flexible time shift unlike before that employees can come to office anytime as long as they complete their 8 working hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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

    I have been working at Kyocera Technology Development

    Pros

    Job security, great location and non stress environment

    Cons

    old technology, Management has no vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be innovators

    Recommends

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