Roland Corporation Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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  1. Easy Gig, Not Very Inspiring

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roland Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    By and large, fantastic people. Great products. Easy-going environment. Low stress.

    Excellent benefits, good pay, 401k matching, and great accommodation pricing on equipment.

    Free water, coffee, and soda. Subsidized gym/pool membership at Commerce Aquatic Center (only $120 a year). Large and diverse food court across the street.

    Cons

    Unlike other music technology distributors, Roland US effectively has zero input on product development or even feature updates. As such, not much creativity is fostered, and technical ability is unused and under-appreciated.

    Very little transparency. Management equates secrecy with power. Midlevel employees may not be aware of new products until a week or so before a big trade show.

    Numerous layoffs have taken their toll on morale. I've heard things are turning around lately.

    Grossly incompetent employees are shuffled from job to job (including promotions) and may avoid layoffs at the expense of those who are qualified, due to blind favoritism. Minor LGBT discrimination issues.


  2. USED to be a great company to work for... not any more

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Roland Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    When I started at Roland, I absolutely LOVED my job. I'd never been happier to go to work on Monday morning. The company really made you feel like what you did for the company mattered. Lots of "at-a-boys". Even the pay was great. The vibe in the office was positive and uplifting.

    Cons

    NOT ANY MORE!! :( All the passionate people that used to work there are gone. They all lost their jobs. The economic fall really took its toll on the industry and the company. The once positive and uplifting vibe in the office has now been recently referred to as "a graveyard."


  3. It's a good company with a lot of good people in it.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Roland Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The team seems good, benefits are good. Work-life balance is pretty healthy. The people are generally great to work with and upper management is generally supportive (with some minor exceptions).

    Cons

    Most of the challenges I encountered were issues related to international structure. Initiatives being turned down when they made their way to Japan.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting the staff of US and fight the good fight.


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  5. Great people but painful to be part of contracting company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA

    I worked at Roland Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Telecommute privileges
    Good benefits package
    Wide range of products spanning most of industry

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Management doesn't recognize lower employees skills or train from within.
    Hit hard by economic downturn and still hasn't recovered. (management & product issues?)
    Roland US is pawn of Roland Japan HQ. Japan doesn't listen to US and there's an inability/fear of US management to dissent or object to bad product and strategy forced by Japan HQ.

    Advice to Management

    You have let go so many highly intelligent, hard-working employees with incredible knowledge that you've created a "brain drain" that will make any recovery extremely difficult. Instead, they should have been recognized and given the opportunity to drive innovation and new ideas.

    Bad product, and inability/fear to dissent or vigorously object to Japan HQ has nearly killed this company. It seems to be because of lack of communication between US and Japan HQ, probably due to time-zone, but mainly language and culture differences. There's a layer of insulation between US employees and Japan management and engineers preventing adequate communication. Fix this!


  6. A great company in Japan. However, their distribution Roland in Los Angeles have room for improvement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Roland Corporation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits / Compensation Pkg.
    Flexible
    Cool Atmosphere
    Promoted within
    Great innovative products

    Cons

    Unprofessional environment
    Lack of productivity due to A LOT of gossip @ this workplace
    Unqualified coworkers / management staff - ( lack of college education and experience )

    Advice to Management

    I recommend leadership assessment tests, including personality tests before hiring. This should eliminate some "bad apples."


  7. very narrow minded work process handling

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roland Corporation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perfect Products, Meals subsidised, free water

    Cons

    Unprofessional workstyle, no staff development

    Advice to Management

    Get external company to review supply chain at all sites



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