Nikon Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. review of Nikon

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    Current Employee - C Redit Manager in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - C Redit Manager in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Nikon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment. Internal promotions. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Work/balance in some departments is difficult. Hours can be lone

  2. Overall great company but some "managers" in certain departments shouldn't hold those types of positions.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nikon full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Reputable, solid company, company promotes within. Benefits and compensation could be better but they do give out yearly bonuses, PTO, medical coverage is

    Cons

    Human resource department is a joke! They do not support employees rights they pretend they do but will always do what managment tells them to. They have no authority over managers and executives.

    Advice to Management

    Should seriously consider having periodical surveys where employees can anonomously give there feedback about their bosses and overall department structure. Employees opinions and concerns should count, not just "managers"

  3. Intense

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Nikon full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The compensation is very competitive and your co-workers are very intelligent. You are on the cutting edge of the latest photography equipment and the pace is very fast. You must adapt to working interdependently but you have a fair amount of freedom as well.

    Cons

    There is little balance between work life and personal life. You are expected to be available at all times and often at a moment's notice. The hours are long and there is often little communication from management.

    Advice to Management

    Have some consideration for the time it actually takes to do this job and try to balance the company needs with the needs of your employees.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    The next Kodak?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Nikon full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The biggest thing about Nikon is the brand. The brand has been around for a long time and for a while delivered on great quality products. Their DSLR products are second only to Canon and their point-and-shoot cameras are successful thanks to Ashton Kutcher TV advertising.

    Cons

    The combination of a Japanese run company with a very stagnant US workforce results in a serious lack of innovation and forward thinking necessary to ensure Nikon a future after the inevitable demise of the camera industry. 2014 brings a 3 year stock low and a continued serious decline in the camera market yet no indication of an alternative future. Like Kodak it is headed to be a company that was.

    Advice to Management

    Bring new blood into the ranks. Allow for non-Japanese management to take some of the leadership roles. Invest in local R&D. Move fast, take risks and search for a better future now before it's too late.

  6. Shipping and Receiving Specialist.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Specialist in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Nikon full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I HAS GOOD CO-WORKERS. I enjoy coming to work.

    Cons

    Management, wouldn't let me do my job the way i was train to do I know how do my job as a shipping and Receiving Specialist. But the management thinks different.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoy working under my supervisor.

  7. Excellent products. Environment can be potential for frustration.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Nikon full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great products, great people within the departments.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking. Politics rule over common sense with big decisions. Personal quests for power common. Attitude of self over team is seen often. Compensation is lacking. Transparency is often hard to find.

    Advice to Management

    Exercise effective leadership by proactive communication with those in the line of duty. Seek to truly understand what actual roles and responsibilities are. Show genuine concern for employees through actions.

  8. Great for the ambitious and aggressive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nikon full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, internal upward mobility encouraged. Excellent benefits and opportunities for those who work hard and take their jobs seriously.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is nearly impossible. As is typical with a Japanese company the job is very demanding, hours are late and your work becomes your life.

  9. Helpful (6)

    Good and Bad at Nikon

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Nikon

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Brand and Products.
    Potential to work on great assignments with good outside agencies.
    Good perks and benefits including company parties, free tickets to Mets and Jones Beach Concerts.
    One of a very few companies still offering employee retirement packages.

    Cons

    The tenure of most of the employees means that there is consistent resistance to change and it is virtually impossible to bring new initiatives and ideas into the company.

    Most of those employed at Nikon for more than five years would find it very hard to find employment elsewhere, they are stale and are not up to date with modern business practices.

    The overal environment is very negative, especially across the divisions. There is too much resistance and competition between the groups to maintain the status quo that team collaboration is virtually impossible.

    As is typical of a Japanese company there is a glass ceiling for most employees - all upper management are recycled from Tokyo and not selected from the US staff.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership comes from the top - provide employees clear direction, goals and objectives.
    Clean out the lowest performing 5% of employees per year. It will make the world of difference.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great products unfortunately it ends there

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    Current Employee - Nikon Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Nikon Employee in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Nikon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products
    Known and proven brand
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Brutal - unrealistic at time - deadlines
    Decision making is not it's strong point - which leads to the above mentioned deadlines
    Work - life balance isn't very good
    Loyalty asked for but not given back in return
    Pay is rather low for the level of responsibility demanded
    Politics is worse than Washington, DC - perspective employees beware

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people to make decisions
    Hire more people to get the job done
    Work on the work-life balance - the demands - are unrealistic
    Value your employees for what they offer - whether they are there 1 month or 10 years

  11. Great place to gain experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Nikon

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable environment with solid benefits. The company does do nice things for their employees, birthday presents, baby blankets for newborns, Health Day, bring your kids to work day... in the summer they raffle off concert tickets to Jones Beach and Mets tickets... preference does go to "favorites" but that is to be expected in any work place. As long as you are a competent employee your job is pretty safe and the environment and people are pleasant.

    Cons

    Standard office politics... also because employees stay so long and the company is "stable" rather than "growing" there is little room for advancement. Morale could be low at times.

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