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Nomura Holdings Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
67 Reviews

3.5
67 Reviews
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Koji Nagai
6 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 1: It is well know for Work Life Balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great atmosphere to work, very employee-friendly environment (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Salary is not par with other IBs (in 3 reviews)

  • Major decisions are driven by teams in London and Tokyo (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good internship in general - Much room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    On the job training was terrific. Everyone was very friendly and willing to answer your questions. I could just walk into the Director's office and ask a question at any time. Very good interaction with people from other departments as well.

    Cons

    The summer internship program was not very structured. We had a few events (networking, visit to Fed, exchanges, etc) but that was it, nothing really exciting. The firm could improve on formal training, and networking events for interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better review and discussion of full time job at the at of the internship. Right now, it's not part of the procedure.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good industry benchmark

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Valuable experiences and variety of personalities

    Cons

    Too much red tape, and lack of direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Cash compensation is a plus. No weekend work - not looked down upon, just indifference. Willingness to take risk until things go wrong.

    Cons

    Low ego requirements to function well. A little bit of a culture shock for non-Japanese. Different style than US firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to consider the problems of business vs. risk well enough from a distribution and principaling of risk perspective. Need to expand development resources in the area of securitization.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Japanese

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good Pay, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Cultural barriers, politics, inertia, lack of articulated strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that you are a global, not just Japanese, firm and act like it

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    9 years - It could have been worse

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    A lot of my colleagues are great people and they made the place tolerable. Compensation is good.

    Cons

    No advancement for gaijin. Very lacking in communication. There are 2 cultures at the company, one Japanese and everyone else. The Japanese are at work very long hours but little work comes from them. It is almost impossible to get anything done on Global scale because Tokyo blocks or is exempted from almost everything. Some smart people who usually leave very frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tokyo is not always right. Good Ideas come from everywhere and it would be wise to heed all ideas. Being at work and working are 2 different things. More communication to all employees is a good idea. Direction is key to good work.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very good employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great benefits, challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    Not always enough training provided

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training for new employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    great people to work with

    Cons

    need to develop its own culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing work culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    - Good leadership opportunities especially for those who take initiatives
    - Great compensation and healthy bonuses
    - Great work life balance
    - Clear career path

    Cons

    - Work quality might vary depending on the team
    - No great flexibility to switch teams
    - Work life balance for support teams might not be great

  10.  

    Fun to work very good culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Powai, Maharashtra (India)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Powai, Maharashtra (India)

    Pros

    very good culture, open door system, down to earth people, bosses very good and understanding, flexibility to work, good work atmosphere

    Cons

    Travelling is a bit tedious from central side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
  11.  

    struggling in overseas business

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Associate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    Pros

    Japanese bosses tend to show respect for staff. Work-life balance is better than American banks.

    Cons

    Management pretty clueless about international business. Post-Lehman integration was not well-managed. Most Lehman staff have departed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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