Nomura International Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Nomura International Group CEO Koji Nagai
Koji Nagai
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is better than American banks (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Domineering culture of lead analysts, poor primary management, general job insecurity (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nomura International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Similar pay but hours are significantly better than bulge bracket counterparts. People in general are very down to earth.

    Cons

    The deal flow seems weak at times.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps a more explicit game plan for the company would be beneficial.


  2. Great experience

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    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


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

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Good place to work. Very professional

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    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)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hard to get promotion due to the review process.


  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Middle Office in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Middle Office in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nomura International

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good advancement opportunities for career.

    Cons

    Technology could use improvement, a bit slow moving.

    Advice to Management

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


  7. Fixed Income Summer Analyst

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    Current Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nomura International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    tough project interesting products great organization work closely with senior manager

    Cons

    long hour poor HR management Less opportunity to rotate

    Advice to Management

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


  8. IB Summer Analyst experience

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Summer Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Summer Analyst

    I worked at Nomura International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Not bad

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Nomura International (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A great building, great location. Generous pf payments. State of the art facilities.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, frequent job cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the good talent leave.


  10. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nomura International

    Pros

    Great place to work with a cool office in London, top people and excellent opportunities to progress. Excellent community work too.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


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    Don't join if you're bullish and looking for a progressive career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Nomura International full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good Good office and location A small bank trading like a big bank - a tough day to day but a lot can be learnt.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for progression Blame culture prevalent Long hours Aggressive management style Lack of internal promotions

    Advice to Management

    The working environment needs greater thought and attention. The morale within operations in particular is dreadful and stems from a poor management regime, where managing up is practised far more than managing down. The lack of focus on the talent pool at Associate level, as well as the destinct lack of definition between Junior and Senior Associates is demoralising and leads to a lack of innovation and commitment. Office politics seem to be practised far more than just getting the job done and this again leads to negativity amongst the workforce. Internal promotions also leave a lot to be desired, and a lack of transparency on reasons for promotion of certain individuals leaves a bitter taste and makes one wonder if its better to have a beer with the boss rather than working hard to succeed. All very well unless you have a family and work life balance is important to you. On a plus note you will learn a lot at Nomura and may find this company useful as a stepping stone in builind a more solid CV leading to bigger opportunities elsewhere. However my advice is avoid.



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