Nomura Holdings Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
70 Reviews
3.6
70 Reviews
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Koji Nagai
7 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is better than American banks (in 10 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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  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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings full-time for more than 5 years

    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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    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

    I have been working at Nomura Holdings

    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.  

    Good learning experience

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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great perks, use of latest technologies and a good work culture

    Cons

    Work-life balance is slightly skewed. They do try to have some activities. If you are lucky you can get a team with a better work life and also some activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should try to nurture employee interests and retain talented employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome Place to work

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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work is good
    Growth provided
    Good work culture

    Cons

    Managers impressed by extended shift timings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the employees leave when they have done their work and the shift is over, there is no point waiting just for name sake.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Fantastic relaxed atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nomura Holdings full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the money and in the city

    Cons

    weekend working bit of a sourpuss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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)

    I worked at Nomura Holdings full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance
    great people to work with

    Cons

    need to develop its own culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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