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Canon Virginia Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits and work life balance available (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits for health, dental, and vision (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for growth due to a wide and top heavy organization (in 6 reviews)

  • Below industry average pay (for the type of candidates they want) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canon Virginia full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great! They are every approachable, very knowledgeable on putting you on the right path (along with making sure your have the key components on mastering your position). They hold you accountable for your task and give you the recognition where needed!

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about this company that I have experience while being employed.


  2. "Logistics"

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

    I have been working at Canon Virginia full-time

    Pros

    great benefits; shut down 1 week in August every year depending on deparment

    Cons

    no room for growth here

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Engineering Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canon Virginia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *Great time off( holidays and two paid annual shutdowns). This works well for parents who have children in school. *Nice semi-annual picnics and Christmas parties. *Excellent working conditions *Education assistance

    Cons

    Little opportunity for growth, top heavy, low salary, businesses are poorly operated, processes are outdated and inefficient, benifits are not as great as they say, poor communication from VP to management


  4. "Machine Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist
    Current Employee - Machine Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canon Virginia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits for health, dental, and vision.
    Plenty of paid time off and shutdown time.
    Pleasant environment is mostly climate controlled.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay to start.
    Poor raises leaves only promotions as a means to real raises.
    No real training. Just jump in and learn from mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Know your people. I mean, really know your people. Who talks the talk, and who walks the walk?


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canon Virginia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good job safety, not super busy, if you just have the patience to wait for people to retire you can get promoted out of sheer seniority.

    Cons

    It's a subsidiary so it's very dependent on the parent company, has little autonomy. The company is going downhill, who buys printers anymore? its attempt to diversify have no panned out yet. So there isn't much room for growth. Tons of people, especially engineers, have been leaving in droves. The expectation is that the company won't survive another 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on diversification, try to maintain talent. Get rid of the "good old boys" mentality and culture.


  6. "Recommended only if you're willing to get stuck going nowhere fast"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canon Virginia full-time

    Pros

    • 12 paid holidays/vacation days (unless your job code/shift/group does not actually give you the same days off as everyone else)
    • Decent special events (nice Christmas parties every other year, family events including a special "Canon Discount Day" at Kings Dominion)
    • Nice campus with fair walking trails along land reserved/protected for wildlife
    • *Okay* Discount tickets for things such as Busch Gardens, movies, and various other activities
    • *OKAY* Insurance coverage (don't be fooled though-- it's not as *stellar* as they say it is)

    Cons

    • SCHEDULE CHANGES-- be prepared to have to shift your schedule about with barely little to no notice. I personally watched people have to switch schedules within a week of the change occurring. These were people on medicines with set time schedules, people with kids-- it didn't matter.
    • YOU WILL BE LIED TO-- HR will tell you just about anything in your interview, covering their own mistakes, lack of understanding of job duties, and get you to sign on with the company anyway under false pretense. Additionally, do not ever expect most management to care when you have a concern. If you report an issue or conflict to your manager it will likely be swept "under the rug"-- your best hope is to go to HR directly and report the issue (though be prepared for backlash from the manager).
    • LITTLE TO NO NOTICE OF OVERTIME/SCHEDULE CONFLICTS-- again, they do not care if you have an appointment/prior engagements/need to leave work on time. It doesn't matter to management what your scheduled time off is. In not so few words had a manager say she "owned me" and should have known to not schedule a doctor's appointment ON MY SCHEDULED DAY OFF.
    • UNSAFE ENVIRONMENT-- Health code violations, safety violations... Unsafe environment mentally for many employees. Saw many people have breakdowns/leave for better employment due to job insecurity/constant threats they were going to lose their job if they didn't do ___________ (things outside their job code or above and beyond expectations set forth by HR/in handbooks/in job description). Notified multiple higher ups of situations such as chemicals being poured into the water, people being forced to still work with injuries, not enough people to help with workloads in the work areas, not being given breaks/lunch breaks, not being able to use the restroom or get water in almost 100 degree weather, being harassed if you have health issues already relayed to your superiors which may require you to have a break or lunch for medicines or other related countermeasures... The list could go on and on.
    • IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER ALREADY IN A GOOD POSITION HERE THEN DO NOT EXPECT TO EVER ADVANCE IN YOUR FIELD-- Managers/supervisors/"leads" are very much "buddy-buddy" types. If you do not suck up/brown nose managers then you will purposely be given the run around on training to advance to the next level. If you could be seen as a liability, even once (for instance reporting a supervisor for verbal harassment to your manager) you will be promptly ignored in your efforts to be an exemplary employee and also likely face additional harassment and backlash.
    • RIFE WITH RACISM/SEXISM/ISLAMOPHOBIA/HOMOPHOBIA/PREJUDICE AGAINST THOSE WITH DISABILITIES OR A HISTORY OF NONVIOLENT MENTAL ILLNESSES-- again, if you do not fit in with whatever qualities management considers to be those befitting an "ideal employee" then do not expect any sort of treatment you receive to go well. You have whites not being promoted under black supervisors, blacks being discriminated under white supervisors, women being physically harassed and having to quit because management victim blames the women, a fair amount of religious persecution, personally witnessed an employee saying another employee was one day "going to shoot this place up because they have that bipolar/biwhatever disease-- that makes you mental and want to kill everyone", management was notified, and nothing was done to correct the actions of the employee who spoke in such a way. In fact, the person who reported the issue to management was, in turn, told to not speak up next time, "learn to get along and accept that was their coworker's point of view", and "not cause waves".
    • THEY WILL WORK YOU TO THE BONE-- Again, because they expect more from you than they admit in initial interviews, you will be working much harder than you were told. Hard work is not a bad thing but physical/mental/emotional abuse is entirely a different subject.
    • NO FUTURE-- if your goal is to advance in a field which they specialize in then either expect it to take twenty years to reach the job code you want (no lie-- saw this of many employees) or expect it to never happen at all. Many people will receive the training you ask for or people with less experience or education will be promoted before you.
    • NO FUTURE (pt.2-- company has been falling for years)-- do not expect this company to be here in ten years unless they do a serious overhaul on the entire company's character/ways of business. They have been experiencing an ever-increasing number of issues over the years and multiple divisions/groups have already been lost. Company looks to be on the edge of a precipice awaiting the freefall to tanking.

    Advice to Management

    • Stop blaming "Japan" for setting the "standards" in which employees have to work-- realize YOU (directly) are creating a hostile work environment for your people and work to improve the morale of your workforce.
    • LISTEN to your employees and weed out ineffective, tyrannical management/supervisors/leads: get rid of "Bully Bosses" (MANAGERS, not actual leaders, who use fear and intimidation to try and force employees to accomplish their will rather than leading by example and working to utilize the natural talents of employees in a positive way).
    • Start promoting those who are educated/have the experience and get rid of slackers who sit around doing the bare minimum necessary to skate by, using trickle down to help pawn off the work to others.
    • Require better training of staff on diversity/sensitivity/ethics/how to navigate personal boundaries/how to have healthier work relationships
    • DON'T LIE TO PEOPLE ABOUT THE JOB DESCRIPTION TO GET THEM TO TAKE A JOB OR PROMOTION, NOR TALK DOWN TO THEM WHEN THEY BRING YOU A CONCERN
    • PAY YOUR PEOPLE A LIVING WAGE


  7. "Administration"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canon Virginia full-time

    Pros

    -PTO accrues after five years of service
    -Work life balance
    -Organization attempting change

    Cons

    Organizational structure (matrix) paired with being an overseas manufacturing site equals limited autonomy and individual contributions. Products manufactured are in the declining stage of life cycle.

  8. "Good company, poor pay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Canon Virginia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, stable company future

    Cons

    Very low take home pay

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the employees are properly paid for the work they do.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not bad if you know what to expect"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canon Virginia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If the culture at CVI aligns with your worldview, it could be a fantastic place to work. There's very good job security (maybe one large layoff in the last 15 or so years?), and if you want to work exactly 8 hours a day, it's pretty rare that more be expected of you (depending on your department). Additionally, there are plenty of honest-to-goodness good people who work there; not necessarily the best at their jobs, but genuinely good human beings.

    Cons

    1) Dead weight. There seem to be very few business units which actually add value to the company, and even those which do seem to have significant numbers of people who don't pull their weight within the department. Because underperformers are not corrected/terminated, there's a pretty strong culture of mediocrity.

    2) Seemingly illogical decision-making. Because the bulk of the business decisions are handed down from Canon Japan, the course which the company takes sometimes doesn't seem to actually be in the best interest of CVI. By the time projects are handed down to the people who are responsible for executing them, information has gone through so many levels of bureaucracy that the rationale has become muddled to the point that it can seem entirely counterproductive to the success of the business.

    3) Non-uniform expectations. Some people work ridiculously long hours and continuity grind it out to contribute to the bottom line of the company (read: actually care). Some people adhere to the "7:02 to 3:43 with an hour lunch" schedule. At the end of the year, everyone gets the same raise.

    4) Nonsensical middle-management positions. Why are there people with the title "manager" who have no direct reports? Because they've been with the company for a while and therefore "deserve" it. The creation of unnecessary positions wouldn't be as frustrating if it didn't preclude more competent members from being moved into leadership positions.

    5) Below-average pay for the area.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the obvious underperformers.

    Pay your top contributors what they're worth.

    Be more transparent with the goals and business outlook of the company.

    Stop promoting people based solely on tenure.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer at CVI"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canon Virginia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The 3 stars are strictly for the benefits and cosmetics. Medical plans still have co-pays. Job security, environmental friendly policies, 3 weeks of paid shutdown, on-site cafeteria and great places to eat around the area, Christmas parties and company picnics, well-kept facilities and grounds, good place for entry level people to learn the ins and outs of manufacturing.

    Cons

    This facility is a production plant and not an innovation center. Management is complacent with this and there is no change visible for the near future even-though it is desperately needed. The only businesses that are profitable are Toner and Toner Cartridge Manufacturing and these are directly controlled by Japanese expatriates. All product and equipment design is done in Japan and any engineering change requests need to get Japan approval. Engineers are rarely allowed to exercise judgment and are therefore treated like glorified technicians.

    Job security comes at a price. No one gets fired for bad performance and going above and beyond in your role rarely gets recognized or rewarded. This creates a lot of dead-weight and frustration for motivated individuals.

    The vacation policy is absurd. They claim to be generous with time off, however, there is only one pool of this and it is broken up into 15-minute increments. Employees must use time off for any personal issue or appointment no matter how small the amount. This is a big issue for employees who are at the company less than 5 years which are often forced to work during shutdown to make up vacation time.

    Finally, there is culture clash with the Japanese. Communication and sensitivity to employee needs is difficult at times. Many of the Japanese that are sent over here as advisers, managers or directors are just bidding their time until they return to a new assignment in Japan. These expats usually look down on their US counterparts and do not care if the local plant succeeds. They are more worried about not upsetting anyone in the motherland. There have been many exceptions to this, but in general this is what you see. In addition, many paths to advancement are blocked since a lot of the coveted positions are always staffed by the Japanese expats.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in marketing/innovation and create incentive programs. The Toner Cartridge industry that Canon Virginia relies on is in decline. Don't just wait for the next new product to be spoon-fed by Canon Japan.


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