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Nomura International Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
83 Reviews
3.6
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Nomura International Group CEO Koji Nagai
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is better than American banks (in 8 reviews)

  • Great office location, excellent culture and people, good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor pay masters in terms of work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Takeover of Lehman brothers was brutal on the balance sheet (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nomura International

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and willing to answer your questions.
    Work-life balance is better than American banks.

    Cons

    Major decisions are driven by teams in London and Tokyo

  2.  

    Bureaucratic, illogical policies, mediocre management that didn't care about the firm

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

    I worked at Nomura International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Large international brand

    Cons

    Mediocre and ineffective management
    No appropriate budget or tools to be successful in a competitive market
    Tokyo bosses don't understand the US market and don't have smart enough US management
    Inefficient and slow IT systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Japan management - get smarter US management that cares about the firm
    If you care about your talent pool, pay attention to employee morale - most of them are keen to leave if they have an opportunity.

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

    Good place to work. Very professional

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

    I have been working at Nomura International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional and very helpful people to work with. Relax corporate culture

    Cons

    Hard to get promotion due to the review process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Nomura International

    Pros

    Good advancement opportunities for career.

    Cons

    Technology could use improvement, a bit slow moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the company some identity outside of Japan rather than being mediocre at everything.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fixed Income Summer Analyst

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

    I have been working at Nomura International

    Pros

    tough project
    interesting products
    great organization
    work closely with senior manager

    Cons

    long hour
    poor HR management
    Less opportunity to rotate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    organize more networking event for interns and provide more opportunity for interns to access to different departments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    IB Summer Analyst experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Summer Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Summer Analyst

    I worked at Nomura International

    Pros

    Good salary on par with other banks. Company poised for significant growth in Asia and in the United States. Very ambitious and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Still some tension and division from the Lehman Brothers acquisition. Some say there are culture issues, but I did not notice any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PR PR PR. Nomura International is still in relative obscurity even though significant deals are going its way. Global banks need to be recognized.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Risk in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great building
    excellent team
    gym
    Great on site cafe
    Good for professional development. Lots of courses and open to sponsoring further studies
    Bank is not too big to feel lost, not to small to feel restricted, ideal balance
    Lots of social charity activities

    Cons

    Not making money in the UK, hence weighing down on salary and pay.
    Location is a bit in the corner of the city so not ideal to reach.
    Increments only come once you resign!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more long term, and focus on strengths, particularly out in Asia.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Not comparable to Lehman Bros

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

    I worked at Nomura International

    Pros

    - Still some good former Lehman bankers there
    - Some good teams (i.e. Leveraged Finance, Consumer & retail)

    Cons

    - Most of the bankers are people who have not succeeded in finding a new job after Lehman bankruptcy
    - Not easy to find and work on top tier deals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest to get back to what Nomura was before Leham acquisition, a tier 2 - tier 3 bank. Be clear about your strategy with your employees, so that everybody will set the right expectations.

  10.  

    Brilliant place to work, especially for a placement year

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - IT Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - IT Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Nomura International as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Salary was almost double that of the placement schemes for the majority of other companies
    - Working hours were great. Typically 9-6, but many occasions where I worked until 5
    - Working from home opportunities. On average once a week
    - Very friendly co-workers - immersed myself into the team easily, went out for drinks fairly often
    - Graduate offer afterwards

    Cons

    - Can be stressful at times
    - The job itself can be boring depending on what you're working on
    - Not many company-funded social events - they're usually paid for by the managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - More networking events, especially for new joiners
    - Provide more opportunities for placement interns to meet other placement interns from other areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Associate in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Nomura International

    Pros

    Great firm to work for. In Asia its booming. Not japanese culture, so it is fine. Pay wise they pay as good as any other major bank

    Cons

    internal mobility i was not satisfied with. ability to contribute at an early stage of the career is not that great as well. If you are in Us maybe not that great to work for Nomura

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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