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  1. Good work environment, but company isn't going anywhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Wireless full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and nice people to work with. Was given lots of opportunity for advancement and learning. Good work-life balance. Competitive benefits program.

    Cons

    Company is stagnant and not going anywhere fast. Japanese leadership is sometimes out of touch with the realities of the US cell phone market.


  2. Nice place to work, but didn't last.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Wireless full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very fast paced work environment that stressed allot of people out. In the recent years, the place have mellowed out.

    Cons

    Own by Japanese. Engineering got canned, even for the groups that were doing super jobs. I don't think they ever really figured out what was valuable in what they had.

    Advice to Management

    Too late...


  3. Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Wireless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    San Diego
    In the UTC area

    Cons

    Low compensation
    No growth or advancement

    Advice to Management

    Management has no vision or strategy. The company can't successfully communicate internally and has been down spiraling for years. The writing is on the wall.


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  5. not a great place for industrial design

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kyocera Wireless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    freedom to explore design. great work life balance. ethnic diversity. small office, will take on more responsibilities.

    Cons

    Japan design team has vice grip on final designs that are produced. Japan design group do not understand US culture and lifestyle so many of the designs that come out into the US are not appropriate for the market. San Diego office is not empowered to make any decisions on products for US market. Japan feels they know better , because of this.. mobile phone group will eventually dismantle after one product boff up after another. Echo and Zio prime examples.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people in San Diego office to make the right decisions for the US market. They know their market better than Japanese planning counterparts. Japan needs to trust global offices and let them drive. Right now, there is no trust.. look at the flops of echo and zio as prime example of japan introducing the wrong products into the us market. Despite San Diego teams warnings.. they did not listen.


  6. Titanic

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Wireless

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Central San Diego location (UTC)
    Flexible hours
    Chance to learn telecommunications industry
    For the most part good and hard-working people

    Cons

    Penny wise and dollar foolish
    Constantly operating in a reactive mode and being at the mercy of carriers
    No product-related decision is allowed to be made locally and everything goes to Japan for approval
    Forget about upward mobility unless you are Japanese
    Two weeks of vacation in telecom industry (WTF!!!)
    Leadership positions assigned based on the number of decades a person has been with the company and not whether one has talent for it.
    Ringi is something one will never forget.

    Advice to Management

    Ten years of non-profitable business -- it maybe time to think about abandoning telecommunications and focus on other businesses.


  7. gained great experience but management won't recognize

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Wireless

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

    Pros

    can gain end-to-end experience ; global experience

    Cons

    no management recognition; no long term strategy

    Advice to Management

    need to set long term strategy and also see who is actually contributing


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great people but horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kyocera Wireless

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

    Pros

    Life-work balance is good
    Flexible hours
    Central location in San Diego
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    All of mid-to-senior level management are Japanese
    There is no professional growth unless you are Japanese
    Morale is very low
    Communication between Kyocera Japan and San Diego is non-existent.
    Most senior management doesn't speak English

    Advice to Management

    If you are serious about US Market hire and promote Americans
    Make English mandatory in meetings and inter-office communications.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sinking Ship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kyocera Wireless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Currently, the only positives are people and the benefits, not the job
    Great severance packages that come out every year
    The job is located in San Diego

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of direction, no technical challenges as Japan now does the engineering (poorly), be prepared to be bored
    Constant direction changes (which shows how clueless upper management is)

    Advice to Management

    Turn out the lights. You have successfully ruined a good company that had potential and made it a joke. This company could have had been the first to market with a color lcd, mega pixel camera, android, etc but you thought it was better to stay in the low tier and stick dollar bills on every phone sold. Now you want to be a top 3 handset manufacturer with smart phones. Please roll out another Blue Sky plan ..... LOL
    Than you buy another losing venture (Sanyo Wireless) and are repeating the mistakes of your past.
    Kyocera Wireless would make a great cased study in how not to run a big business.


  10. Could have been a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Wireless

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At one time, a few years back, there was great promise for this company. It was one of the first companies to have introduced a smart phone, long before the prominence of the iPhones and Android phones. There were allot of good people to work with and the place was full of excitement (some times a bit too much, but you don't get both ways). I found it very rewarding to get my part of the work done to get new phones shipped. We would be doing three or four new phones each year. For an engineer it was a great environement to learn and broaden my skills. In the area I worked on, a typical engineer gets to work on much wider technical areas, keeping things interesting. Over all, it was great place to work.

    Cons

    IMHO, the sernior management made a series of mistakes, and the company lost what could have made it competitive in todays markets. Instead, it ended up concentrating on the second tier carrier markets and seeing its revenue shrinking and products cornered in the low tier phones. Along that, engineering jobs were transferred to India and Japan. Now a days, there are barely any engineering jobs left in this companys San Diego operation.

    Advice to Management

    This would be to the senior management in Japan: get to know the US market better before making decisions on how to run the US operation.


  11. My name is Kyocera Wireless Corp or Kyocera Communications Inc

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Non Management (Anonymity) in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Non Management (Anonymity) in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kyocera Wireless

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience to be gained, fast paced business, often changing environment leads to challenging work. The employee base is very smart and good people to work with. Rarely a dull moment.

    Cons

    Frequently changing environment, layoffs and reorganizations frequently. Meaningful communications from senior leadership is lacking. Senior Mgmt is set in their ways. Words are spoken but there seems to be more that is not always shared with the employees and stake holders. Hard work, little reward. Feels like everyone is replaceable, and just be happy you have a job. The blue book creates inconsistency

    Advice to Management

    The employees are an important part of your business and they are the the key to the PBT that you desire so much. Listen on occasion and hear what they have to say.



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