Nomura Holdings Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Koji Nagai
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is better than American banks (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance for support teams might not be great (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. Good Culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nomura Holdings full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Competitive Salary - Good Culture - Friendly work environment - Stable Management

    Cons

    Work life balance may sometimes not be great . HR needs to create training plans for overall and managerial development. This is currently left to divisions


  2. Nice employees, but no growth opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

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

    Pros

    Great environment - friendly employees and beautiful office. Everyone is always approachable willing to help you out in a tough situation.

    Cons

    Management is very secretive and not open about what's really going on. Not very much growth opportunity, even though they will promise you it's coming when it's not. Also, no work-life balance. Flexible schedules and working from home was frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront and available to your employees. Instead of focusing on seniority and red-tape, focus on encouraging employees by providing a clear career path. I have seen an increase in turnover over the years.


  3. Good atmosphere, decent pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nomura Holdings full-time

    Pros

    Great pay. Good atmosphere Hours aren't too bad

    Cons

    Stringent Japanese culture outside of Americas


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  5. Good industry benchmark

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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings 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

    Valuable experiences and variety of personalities

    Cons

    Too much red tape, and lack of direction


  6. OK place to work

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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Good internship in general - Much room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Very Japanese

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Cultural barriers, politics, inertia, lack of articulated strategy

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    9 years - It could have been worse

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

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Very good employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nomura Holdings

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    Not always enough training provided

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training for new employees.


  11. Decent experience, good team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nomura Holdings

    Pros

    Good work culture, Flexibility at work

    Cons

    Monotonous work, Back office kind



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