NEC Corporation of America Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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NEC Corporation of America President & CEO Shinsuke Takahashi
Shinsuke Takahashi
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Pros
  • Good benefits & competitive salary (in 10 reviews)

  • Decent place to work, good work life balance (in 4 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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  1. Sr. Solution Architect

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Center Engineer in Domestic, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Data Center Engineer in Domestic, IN

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment, great benefits.

    Cons

    Extensive travelling in domestic USA and Europe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Information Technology Professional with significant experience in Computer Repair, Networking, Server Maintenance

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    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Shelton, CT

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

    Pros

    They take care of their employees,

    Cons

    Communication issues and language boundries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is diverse. Need to understand how each country does things to be successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. It was a rewarding experience working for NEC. I was afforded a number of growth opportunities over my tenure.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irving, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America

    Pros

    I had growth opportunities and the opportunity to lead teams.

    Cons

    The continual leadership turnover made it difficult to understand strategic direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Great Company!

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    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America

    Pros

    Ability to grow from within is great and company culture is top notch. NECAM seems to be growing in the channel segment.

    Cons

    Direct side is in flux. Every 2-3 years they try and re-invent the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get strong Japanese leadership back in the US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

    Pros

    Good opportunities to work on variety of platforms and applications to round out experience.

    Cons

    Poor strategic direction and long sales cycle make the possibility of long term stability a real problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique and compelling Brand and some of the hardest working people in the industry.

    Cons

    They tend to spend more on innovation than on Marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When cutting cost, consider keeping critical functions rather than simply reducing payroll.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Help Desk Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to gain experience and knowledge. Great management!

    Cons

    Not really much room for permanent positions. They hire mostly contractors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great people, but floundering executive team & parent company misdirection

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President in Irving, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employees are hardworking and generally act well in teams. Lots of good people at this company. Very good benefits. Salaries in most functions seem competitive to local market.

    Cons

    Executives are struggling to understand how to move the business forward in the US, and the Japanese parent has a lot of control. There is not a well-developed strategy; the company has a revenue goal in mind with no actual plan how to get there. Significant lack of marketing expertise and budget. Many of the products are outdated and not competitive in today's market - which is interesting because the parent company has a lot of innovative new products that could be sold in the US if only there was an actual strategy or marketing plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a documented and articulated strategy. Modify the executive team to incorporate more collaboration, teamwork and strategic thinking (esp. in your Biometrics area). Get a Strategy & Marketing VP (not just "go to market" tactical people). Stand up to your parent company - which you can't do until you have an actual plan (see sentence number 1).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Irving, TX

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management always communicates with you, benefits & pay were decent and company believes in a balance between work & family. If you are looking for a lot of overtime, this company is not for you. I loved working for NEC and would recommend NEC to any of my friends.

    Cons

    I really did not experience any cons while I was working at NEC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My only advice is, don't stop communicating to your employees and never take away the balance of work & family life. You will end up with a great team that will give you a 100%.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Biometrics Division: Great technology, abysmal management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits in terms of medical, retirement, and time off.

    Engaging technology applied to meaningful work.

    Cons

    Non-existent leadership in the Biometrics group has fostered an environment where engineers seek little more than autonomy creating an office culture that is cold and divided when it could be collaborative and transparent.

    Management habitually dissuades best practices in favor of recklessly pushing toward the next deliverable. This has led this group to be continually stuck (for years) in a pattern of urgently delivering poor quality solutions to increasingly frustrated customers. If you understand the concept of "technical debt" and strive to avoid it you will likely be extremely disappointed in this environment.

    No particular software development process or approach is implemented. "Requirements" typically consist of a single, vague sentence copied from the Statement of Work (SOW) which inevitably leads to late-stage rework cycles often lasting years. Eventually the customers become so frustrated (and vocal) that features not in the SOW are requested/demanded and the Biometrics group is forced to cave to avoid further damage to their reputation. The newly requested features are then typically provided for free and, as requirements are once again not gathered, implementing the new solutions also suffers from the above late-stage rework cycle. As a result, many projects finish well above budget and nearly all solutions are delivered well late of the originally proposed deadline.

    These faults have led many of the more talented and professional developers to leave for greener pastures in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be active in managing your employees.

    Learn about modern software development practices and ask the difficult questions about the roles of messaging channels and stakeholder incentives.

    Perform proper requirements gathering or explicitly allocate resources to do so; your customers deserve to have their needs understood and met.

    Focus on this concept: Removing the immediate impediment for your employees is not as valuable, or effective, as removing the cause of that impediment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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