NEC Corporation of America
3.0 of 5 66 reviews
www.necam.com Irving, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

NEC Corporation of America Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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40% Approve of the CEO

NEC Corporation of America President & CEO Shinsuke Takahashi

Shinsuke Takahashi

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great quality products, good benefits and great place to be if you don't want to make decisions"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Comfortable work environment - very team oriented"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Japanese management turnover, little 'skin in the game' before rotated out"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Most of upper management is based in Japan which makes it difficult to explain the U"
    in 4 reviews
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A dying dinosaur

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

ProsGreat quality products, good benefits and great place to be if you don't want to make decisions.

ConsContinue to be poorly managed, no leadership, upper management is not willing to take any risks, loaded with politicians looking to retired at NEC.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you really care about the company, hire new talent and fired the old politicians. They are sinking the company in deeper waters.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not what it's cracked up to be.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsTime off is Ok. Pay is very competitive.

ConsNo direction from upper level management. Japan runs the show no matter what part of the world the company is in.
Very Cheap when it comes to spending on marketing their products

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Dont let Japan run the US.
They do not know the US market.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor Management continues to hinder success

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Irving, TX

I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

ProsLarge company, with lots of opportunity to transfer and work in different areas.
Excellent insurance and other benefits.
Fitness-workout center available.

ConsPoor management keeps NECAM from achieving success.
Too many management members sent by the Japan parent (and rotated frequently).
American management is mostly weak, defers to the Japan management.
Too top-heavy with executive management.
Constant re-organizations, including layoffs of experienced, dedicated employees, and constant inflow of new management who is unfamiliar with NECAM's business.
Too much money spent on outside consultants.
Too much focus on short-term goals at the expense of long-term success.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the long-term, and realize that companies can never be successful unless they recognize their most important assets are their people, and act accordingly.

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Poor Leadership

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

Pros-Good Health insurance coverage
-Nice covered parking
-Building is at a nice central area
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Cons-Upper "American" management are yes-men so they can keep their own jobs
-No HR support for employees
-Layoffs are determined by "favorites" not performance or years of service
-No clear company mission statement.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are your assets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Decaying Dinosaur

Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsAutonomy to do your job and take on new challenges or initiatives.
Some decent mid-level managers.
Some incredible individual contributors.
A smattering of some truly great, innovative products: HYDRAstor, Virtual PC Center, Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
High quality products.
If you were willing to take initiative, risk, and more work without additional pay, title, budget or resources, you could (note the past-tense) create some programs with impact and get some recognition for it.

ConsMajor cuts in April 2009, Sept/Oct 2009, and March 2010 to both budget and headcount - each one deeper than the previous one and often without a clear picture of how to move forward. The last one cut 95% of marketing for a division that analysts had stated needed better marketing.

In a nutshell, NEC is a once-great company that is slowing dying due to poor organizational structure, antiquated culture and high-level executive management that is neither visionary nor nor clear on direction nor connected to their workforce, customers, or even the rest of the world. NEC Corporation of America is really just a distribution vehicle for NEC Corporation in Japan and lacks the funding, direction, products, and information needed from Japan to be successful.

- CEO changes in America and the parent company in Japan every 2-3 years just because that is just what they do.
- Inability to quickly adapt and change with changing market needs due to Japan needing to collaborate with every organization, discuss things and ask the same questions 100s of times, refusal to believe the information they are given if it doesn't agree with what they want, and then requiring 100% buy in on any change or action by multiple executives and divisions.
- Lots of promises, but zero commitment in actions/money to growth outside Japan.
- Lack of focus
- Unrealistic financial goals with neither the product, organizational, human or innovative strategy on how to make that happen.
- Major disconnect between upper management and the rest of the company and even the global market.
- True lack of understanding about business/market differences outside of Japan.
- Pay is WELL below industry average.
- Your manager WILL change every 6 to 9 months. This can be good or bad.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe last 6 months (Oct 09 thru Mar 10) you've been moving the wrong direction. You need to be more of a global company than an international one. Check out what HDS did to become more of a global company and follow suit...FAST.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing company with great history: Just don't get stuck in the wrong department

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sacramento, CA

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsGlobal impact, very diverse workforce.

ConsPoor management in the division I worked. Constant reorganization without taking the necessary steps to improve. Kaizen was preached but not acted upon. Too many cultural barriers and petty games to allow the division to succeed.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor the IDS division at least there are several nimble competitors whose technology was not too far behind NEC's and whose pricing was very competitive, leaving NEC floundering like a large fish without enough water. Managers must work with their teams instead of lording over them and there must be checks and balances to keep the bad individuals from driving away the talented.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The 3yrs cycle is here again

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

ProsGood benefits and stable company if you are planing to retire soon and do as little as possible.

ConsNo investments from Japan, poor product management planning, heavy managed from Japan and poo leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet NECAM operate like an American company and plan its own market strategy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ok to work but is it failing

Supervisor (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

ProsGood money, Good Benefits, Great education, great location

ConsLots of "reogranization" = RIF

Advice to Senior ManagementLetting people go after 10,15 and 20 years is unbelievalbe - shame on you

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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New Management, Same Failure

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

ProsWe have a highly experienced and worldly management team. They have worked at other Japanese subsidiaries, and successfully made them independent of the mothership. The folks they brought on are knowledgeable hard workers. Some higher-level positions get to travel to Japan on a regular basis.

ConsNEC HQ (in Japan) definitely wants to have a share of the large US market. As a result, every few years, NEC HQ brings in a new management team. They try to correct the failings of the previous team, they correct some mistakes, but repeat a lot of the same mistakes, and end up failing for one reason or another.

Advice to Senior ManagementRound after round of senior management is brought into NEC Corp of America, and fail every time. They change everything and continue to fail; what NEC HQ (in Japan) doesn't recognize is that the only consistent thing in every failure is NEC HQ's interference and NEC's products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A Lot Of Good People In A Company That Is Having A Hard Time Executing Change

Director (Former Employee)
Irving, TX

I worked at NEC Corporation of America

Pros-People
-Salary
-Benefits
-Opportunities for advancement
-Exciting and challenging industry to be in

Cons-Slow to execute necessary changes to business model
-Senior management's lack of focus on holistic improvements
-Too many chiefs...

Advice to Senior Management-Focus on making changes that do not make your customers jump through even more hoops to do business with you

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