Panasonic Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
201 Reviews
3.0
201 Reviews
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Panasonic Chairman and CEO Joseph M. (Joe) Taylor
Joseph M. (Joe) Taylor
73 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice work environment in Cupertino office (in 13 reviews)

  • Great brand, good benefits, world class products (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • They had little regard for work/life balance and the turnover was extremely high (in 10 reviews)

  • There is no work/Life balance with this company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panasonic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work and family balance. Leading edge on product development. A lot of fun for the techie people.

    Cons

    Slow reaction to product issues. Engineering has to research everything to the point it is a dead issue by the time they respond. Then the correction is what was submitted by "lower rank" personal at the onset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people in the field! Promote your product someplace besides NYC.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Panasonic, read this- read it and take it seriously

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

    I worked at Panasonic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, large company, company car, gas card, some decent training.

    Cons

    Where to start... lost in the market, clueless as to what customers want and need, stuck in an old "ultra-rugged" mindset that no longer resonates with the market. Selling for Panasonic is likely similar to what the mainframe folks at IBM experienced in the 80's and early 90's- selling a platform that's being taken over by new technology- in that case, client-server. They suffered- badly, and so are Panasonic's sales reps.

    Panasonic puts all their eggs into ultra-rugged. But when you can purchase a new device, log into it and be exactly where you were when you left off with the damaged device... and within a few minutes thanks to cloud technology... there ceases to be value in paying two-to-three times the amount for an ultra-rugged device.

    People get that now... the market gets that... prospects definitely get that... only *Panasonic* doesn't seem to get that. And if they don't get that soon... the world is going to see a very, very different (i.e., smaller and less relevant) Panasonic than in the past.

    My advice to job seekers is to avoid companies that don't get it- instead, work for those who do. Life's just better when you're swimming *with* the stream instead of against it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cloud has DRAMATICALLY changed the need for ultra rugged and durable devices. When you can buy two or three new devices for the cost of one highly durable one, the rugged device can no longer be justified. It's become a no-brainer decision, and that's why you're losing market share and salespeople. You can ignore this advice and be the subject of a lecture at a business college in a few years, discussing companies that didn't adapt to market changes. Or, you can look at what's going on in the market, realize that durability isn't at the top of most companies minds anymore, and return to relevance. It's up to you, but someone has to be willing to tell Japan what they need to hear, instead of telling them what they want to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A safe company with little room to grow

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    Current Employee - Manager Web Services  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager Web Services in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at Panasonic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great office environment (since 2013)
    - Great employee discounts

    Cons

    - Global HQ has given up in NA market
    - Leadership is complacent and stagnant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in market research, and value the consumer opinion to drive product innovation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you commute by train and use the walkway, bring your mace.

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    Current Employee - Area Sales Coordinator  in  Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Area Sales Coordinator in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Panasonic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits. The total package is very good

    Cons

    Environment. When Joe Taylor said "He would never put people in harm's way" at a town hall meeting It appears thet was not true. He also said "Newark is safer than New York city". Sorry both cases are not true. As to the first the new facility is next door to a Methadone Clinic in the Joe Pepe building next door. AND last week a female employee was accosted on the linkway connecting the building with NJ Penn Station. And as to the second point, IF you research crime stats you will find that Newark is MUCH more dangerous than New York City in just about every category of crime. The bottom line is that Secaucus was FAR SAFER than the new location. Penn Station is a den of homeless and beggars as well. Thanks for "placing us in harm's way afterall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Petition the mayor of Newark to provide ample security for your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great experience for new 2 year graduates - Lousy for more experienced people.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Danville, KY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Danville, KY

    I worked at Panasonic full-time

    Pros

    For a person with a 2 year degree or less, Panasonic is an excellent place to work. The pay is excellent and opportunities for a 2 year degree employee to grow are excellent. Great co-workers. Large parking lot with many open spaces.

    Cons

    Leadership and advancement based upon longevity rather abilities. Management lacks the ability to utilize the strengths and talents of the individuals in a group. Lack of initiative of management to make decision in directing activities. No new technology - wait for the competitors to determine the market -then copy the competitors. These items lead to a very high turn-over for people with a 4 yr degree or higher. Excluding Pay and Heath Care, the benefits have disappeared (No bonuses no perks). The general feeling is that the division could close anytime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1- Manage - Don't hide and/or wait for an individual from Japan to make the decisions for you (CYA).
    2- Learn about new development technologies and trust them and grasp how to utilize them.
    3- Thinking too old school in documentation and testing and information.
    4- Learn what micro-managing is and don't do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Trying to be innovative and compete in US market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panasonic as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice work environment in Cupertino office. My manager was very nice, and very active technically with so many new ideas and initiatives. He was always supportive and helping if we are stuck. Office staff is very polite, kind and nice to employees.

    Cons

    Lot of politics!.
    Mostly re-invent the wheel, lack of innovation.
    Huge company, but same research work or problem solving is happening in multiple departments with lack of coordination and cooperation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since it has small presence in US, most of the decisions are focused on Japanese market which is okay. But US market is different and in order to compete here, a lot less politics and a lot more innovation is required.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs to Figure Out What They Want To By When They Grow Up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Panasonic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. If you find the right manager, it is a pleasure to work there. If notm however, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to meet expectations.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting strategies with too much reliance on the same group of managers. Most fail upward to positions of higher responsibility, thereby expanding their detrimental effect to a larger group of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider Panasonic's investment in the employee and spend more time trying to find the right spot for them. Remember, the employees you let go, go to the competition. Finally, let folks who are good at doing things that need doing, do those things. Don't force your star baseball players, play water polo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA

    I worked at Panasonic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, good pay, nice office facilities

    Cons

    hard to get job accomplished sometimes due to office politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    hard to watch what has happened to this once great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panasonic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Innovative electronics and impressive prototypes. great benefits

    Cons

    Business culture sucks. This company is in constant transformation. Their new president in Consumer Electronics has cut staff drastically in favor of a business model that no longer contains television marketing or promotion and would perfer to promote health and beauty products. Panasonic once had the greatest televisions on the planet. Now their the laughing stock of the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and that includes Japan. Build the high quality products that Panasonic has always been known for and put together a marketing group that knows what they're doing. Better yet stay completely away from marketing and find a company that can perform this function better than you. (That shouldn't be hard to find)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging and rewarding employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panasonic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Salary and benefits are good
    2. Long term career is encouraged and fostered
    3. Hard work and dedication is rewarded

    Cons

    1. Cultural differences between North America and Japan can cause a lack of urgency that is needed in today's market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Step outside the box more and take innovative risks
    2. Limit dependencies with Japan factories to increase productivity
    3. Develop better recruiting programs to find highly skilled talent
    4. Eliminate outdated policies and streamline the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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