Kyocera Wireless
3.0 of 5 40 reviews
www.kyocera-wireless.com San Diego, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Kyocera Wireless Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated May 16, 2014
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    Good work environment, but company isn't going anywhere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work, but didn't last.

    Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

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

    ConsOwn 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 Senior ManagementToo late...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Eh. Not Very Memorable.

    Product Marketing Associate (Former Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsIt was in a good location in La Jolla. The parking is ample, the work is alright, and you have relatively good control of how you want to spend your time as you are not micromanaged.

    ConsThe people aren't that freindly. The morale here is pretty low for the most part as there have been multiple layoffs recently. The turnover is fairly high as people will always seek better paying jobs and move. Not to mention Kyocera phones?? Talk about bottom tier in the phone industry. Their focus is more on cheap price and with that, comes low innovation and a cheap product. Japan rules in decision making, so if you are working in America, you have no voice, just follow what our brethens in Japan say or you will get the boot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJapanese management has no idea what they are doing. They are making decisions for the American based products, and with a vast cultural difference between the two countries, Kyocera products are practically obscure and do not resonate at all in America. Bring back America!

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty relaxing job, good experience, boring at times

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsVery flexible scheduling and hours
    No micromanaging- lots of freedom
    Pretty easy work
    A couple of nice people in there
    Fun company events every now and then

    ConsVoice is lost to higher-ups
    Boring/repetitive work at times
    I didn't really learn much during my time
    Low morale in company
    Supervisors play favorites

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your all your employees instead of just a select few, we all have something to contribute.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    not a great place for industrial design

    Industrial Designer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

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

    ConsJapan 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 Senior ManagementEmpower 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking Ship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsSan Diego
    In the UTC area

    ConsLow compensation
    No growth or advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Titanic

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    gained great experience but management won't recognize

    Senior Staff Manager (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Proscan gain end-to-end experience ; global experience

    Consno management recognition; no long term strategy

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to set long term strategy and also see who is actually contributing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people but horrible management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking Ship

    Staff Manager (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsCurrently, 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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementTurn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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