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Panasonic Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
196 Reviews

3.0
196 Reviews
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Panasonic Chairman and CEO Joseph M. (Joe) Taylor
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Danville, KY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Danville, KY

    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
  2.  

    Trying to be innovative and compete in US market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA

    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
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  5. 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

    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
  6.  

    Challenging and rewarding employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Losing Share Quickly In A Very Competitive Market Place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fantastic and reliable products in many different areas.

    Cons

    Way too conservative in recent years. In order to survive in today's fast paced market, product promotion (ADVERTISING) is necessary. Just because the products are good is not enough to win placement and get potential customers to purchase your products. Consumers in the United States are not as loyal as they used to be.

    Employees are treated as a number rather than a human being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the necessary $$$ to promote products and take care of your employees.

  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

    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.  

    It was OK

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    Former Employee - Co-Op  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Secaucus, NJ

    Pros

    Very laid back, loved the rejuvenation room and the cafe is HUGE! Easy commute and free parking.Comp good - I was getting paid very well as a co-op.

    Cons

    Seemed like a dead end type of job I worked in the warranty department and every one there seemed to be a lifer. had an awkward encounter with an employee there who was too over bearing.

  10.  

    Day to Day Nothing Too Exciting

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist Intern  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist Intern in Newark, NJ

    Pros

    I was only an intern here the summer. However, I must say that it is a very friendly atmosphere with employees who are very willing to assist you if you need it. The new open floor layout gives a view of Newark that is mesmerizing. They do offer flexibility with working at home, so they are making an attempt to take work-life balance into account.

    Cons

    Being an intern I was asked to do a lot of tasks but the tasks they I was giving I couldn't complete. I was never granted access needed in the HRIS to complete the required tasks. I felt I had to constantly bother other HR members so I could gain access using their user name and passwords

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to take a chance and hire some of the interns you bring in. You are lacking new and fresh ideas, the kind that young blood could bring in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A horrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Secaucus, NJ

    Pros

    Absolutely none, zero, zilch, nada

    Cons

    Silos. Infighting. Vendettas. Treated like a pawn in a twisted game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek professional help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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