NEC Corporation of America Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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NEC Corporation of America President & CEO 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. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Made life long friends, and glad my name still comes up in meetings, because things worked under me

    Cons

    Plays into politics. Does not appreciate people.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what worked and don't play on what promises never happen!

  2. Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Excellent location. Bizzare sales strategy.

    Cons

    no loyalty for the employees. A lot of laid offs and they do not offer labor stability at all. One day you are in the next they you are out for reorganizations matters.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Siloed Thinking that inhibits productivity

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Irving, TX

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

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

    Pros

    I was paid for a least 1 year to train others to replace me. Great Benefits. So much vacation time, there's no way to use it all.

    Cons

    Direct sales competes with Channel. Each knows nothing about each other when the current competitive model is to sell product 90% through channel. 6 quarters of firings each quarter puts everyone on edge. Employees are constantly preparing on a quarterly basis to lose their jobs on the Direct side.

    Advice to Management

    Drive Channel sales with direct team members. Get rid of the archaic ordering and accounting systems that require 4 people to touch one order. In this day and age of click to order, this complicated data entry for each sale is ridiculous.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Beware, No Direction and significant layoffs

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    Former Employee - Sales in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Irving, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Benefits and Severance packages

    Cons

    Non Japanese Executive management is only focused on themselves

  6. nightmare

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    I was a virtual employee and did not have to slog away in an office daily. It was the right opportunity at the right time, although I never felt that as a division we were "firing on all 8 cylinders"

    Cons

    VERY interesting working for pseudo American/Japanese management styles. In reality it appeared the US has no teeth and is a puppet for Japan. It always appeared to be the US was a "training ground" for under-qualified Asian employees to spend a couple years state-side then return to their homeland. While there were some really good people there, the majority of the time I felt surrounded by lazy incompetence (try getting a succinct straight answer from a product manager, or getting support to actually engage). After almost a year a new GM was appointed and his act of returning the division to anything close to profitability was to cut 80% of the sales and engineering force (revenue generating field folks, and in fairness many of those cuts were dead weight anyway), however they were never replaced - and they missed the mark with the remaining incompetence that seemed to be on sabbatical from Japan! After a year and a half of continual management berating I basically asked to be fired - wastn going to quit, FIRE ME. (That finally happened last year). Im quite sure Ill never be eligible as a re-hire though. I found my experience to be rocky and unsatisfying professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, don't just hear them, listen.

  7. Very limited scope for personal growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America

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

    Pros

    Exposure to Japanese culture and way of doing business

    Cons

    Worst HR department, Management lacks clear sense of direction. US strategy dictated by Japanese parent

  8. Helpful (1)

    Not the place to be if you're looking for a future

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America

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

    Pros

    Like my immediate manager and co-workers

    Cons

    Japanese management
    No North American strategy
    Constant cost cutting
    View employees as a necessary evil and they're working hard to change the 'necessary' part

    Advice to Management

    Go back to Japan!

  9. Helpful (2)

    Talented and focused employees with under qualified mgmt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America

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

    Pros

    Highly qualified and talented engineers with high quality deliverable products.
    Company has plenty of room for growth within most business units.

    Cons

    Repeated failures by Japanese mgmt continues.
    With repeated failures good management would find the root cause instead of addressing symptoms such as something as simply as Director level resources lacking a college degrees or proper grammar and writing skills.

    Advice to Management

    Review the qualifications and backgrounds of Directors. Survey resources under the management member to get a understanding of leadership and knowledge capabilities. NEC cannot afford to have management members placed into leadership positions who received position by politics or who instead of what they know.

  10. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Stressful environment held together by good people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    THE PEOPLE - Great group of motivated employees looking for direction.

    Excellent benefits, competitive pay, freedom. Director level management is amazing, for the most part.

    Cons

    Blurred vision of the future.
    10 hour minimum work days.
    Lack of training as downsizing continues. Work is picked up by whoever can get it done at the time.
    Extremely cumbersome back office and order management systems.
    Confusing transformation goals based on new product offerings.
    Senior management is a watch dog / crony community and will generally hide behind a wall of voicemail/email unless absolutely necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Definitive back office process and TRAINING around them. Show you're faces more often and reassure staff that we're heading the right direction.
    Get back in touch with employee base. Most people are just generally confused and/or worried.

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