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Hitachi Europe Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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  1. "Great Company with little career improvement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Europe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Trustable and reputable company, makes business easy when speaking with customers. Japanese culture brings some Japanese qualities to the company. Multicultural.... up to a certain degree depending on the department you end up in. Good 9-5 job.

    Cons

    Career progression is given by age, not merit and favours the Japanese workers.
    Business decisions are made slowly given they operate in a fast paced environment.
    Age group is too high, a young person will feel very bored working here.

    Advice to Management

    If you want people to stay, motivate and engage them, don't expect people to come day after day with a pioneering spirit knowing that there's nothing interesting for their future. A few Managers also need to recycle themselves in skills and behaviours and HR needs to spend less time eating cake and more time tapping in the issues that matter.


  2. "Hitachi Europe Ltd"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Europe full-time

    Pros

    Diverse, dynamic, multi-national, multi-sector, regional group hub, great people, good benefits

    Cons

    Slow decision making, activity shrinking

    Advice to Management

    Offer a more coordinated and joined-up offering to clients, internal and external to the group

  3. "Lots of Potential not used"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Europe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Size of company and diversification of interests should make possible cross-sector synergies and optimisations

    Cons

    - Higher Management is usually coming from Japan for a limited amount of years (usually, 3), and it's seen as a sort-of punishment for them.
    - Very hierarchical system
    - All innovation is rejected. Everything has to come from the top AND from Japan.
    - If they want you out they have no problems in mobbing you


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hitachi Europe full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really lovely atmosphere - everyone is so friendly and happy to help. You feel welcomed and supported from the very start. The Company values are considered at every step of the recruitment process so new hires all tend to have similar attitudes and approaches to work.

    Cons

    Processes are quite old fashioned, although it is going through a process of change at the moment.


  5. "Lots of Potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hitachi Europe full-time

    Pros

    Hitachi Europe is a great place to work in if you want opportunities to work with lots of other Hitachi organisations across Europe. Good exposure to different aspects of the business

    Cons

    Although there is a lot of work done with external partners, there were many silos internally and sometimes difficult to break down.

    Advice to Management

    I believe having clearer objectives outlined would benefit the productivity of employees. Also, management getting behind decisions for improved implementation of projects.


  6. "Great working environment (last year was 2010 but couldn't select from dropdown menu)"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice atmosphere and great opportunities

    Cons

    Company location's are remote in some cities so you will definitely need good transport

    Advice to Management

    Throw a party!


  7. "HITACHI RAIL EUROPE - FAR FROM THE HARMONY, PIONEERING SPIRIT OR SINCERITY!"

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    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Europe full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with Hitachi Rail Europe - Great people in this organisation who are very helpful, want to improve processes and work practices and genuinely want to do a good job for Hitachi.
    Good remuneration.
    They know how to celebrate their successes and there are definitely a lot of commercial successes coming to this organisation!!

    Cons

    Poor/Weak Management - Whilst there are great people who work hard, management are somewhat apathetic to the cold, hard realities that face them in creating a highly professional and effective organisation. Needing consultants and advisors are indicators that management are struggling to shape the company.

    They rarely acknowledge their staffs contributions. There is no doubt that it's a changeable organisation and they want people who can change with it. However, they do not "explain the change" or engage people towards it therefore making people feeling that it's all happening around them and not necessarily for their benefit.

    Office culture - inclusion for some, nothing for others. If you are in the "in crowd" then expect to be included and assisted, if not, then prepare to keep banging your head against a brick wall with no-one courageous enough to risk their career to unblock/tackle organisational blockers.
    Don't speak your mind - it's pretty much career suicide! although they will tell you this is what they want you to do...

    Company Values - the harmony, pioneering spirit and sincerity is only for the chosen few, don't expect your contribution towards it to be acknowledged/valued or reciprocated in any way, shape or form. There is no "One Team" mentality here and if there is, it's only really for the chosen few.

    Work Practices/Processes: Processes are very weak. People work diligently and try their best, but real improvement seems miles away...

    Career Pathing - Again, if you found yourself not being included in anything - there is a reason, you don't have much of a career path with the company - probably best to start looking for another job or wait until someone decides they don't want you around.

    Roles/Responsibilities - they offer roles without thinking about how they will work with others, so try not to be surprised if you are doing the same tasks as 5 other people and even then don't be surprised to find that someone else is doing the same role as you are in another department because they have not thought it through.

    Advice to Management

    I had to leave this organisation within 3 months because there was very little sincerity displayed around the role that had been offered. My advice is show your corporate value of sincerity and not misrepresent the roles you offer, you may attract the candidates and get them through the door, but they will not stay once they realise the truth.
    Acknowledge your staffs contributions by inclusion, consult with all of them, not just the favoured few, if only to gauge opinion - make everyone feel like part of your team. That is true leadership and will get you a more engaged workforce.
    Take the time to map processes end to end, so you can assign the right resources to your organisation, avoid duplication and reduce cost.
    Sloppy, apathetic management leads to sloppy apathetic company. Keep this up and your competitors will have nothing to worry about!

    Hitachi Europe Response

    Oct 22, 2015 – Recruitment Coordinator

    Thank you for taking the time to share your views.

    It’s very disappointing to learn that your experiences did not match-up to your expectations to the point you felt the need to leave after... More

  8. "HItachi Europe has provided a great opportunity to develop my career and experience."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The managers are open and willing to share their knowledge. There are great benefits. The culture of the organisation is very interesting and diverse. As Hitachi is a Japanese company, it has been really good to work with expatriates from Japan alongside other colleagues from all over Europe. Hitachi's Social Innovation business means that it lies across many industries which also makes it an interesting company to work for. The head office is based in Maidenhead, by the River Thames and it is a lovely office, with great onsite facilities and car park.

    Cons

    Too much air conditioning sometimes.

    Hitachi Europe Response

    Oct 13, 2015 – HR Manager

    Thank you for your very positive views on Hitachi Europe. Apologises if you found the air conditioning too cold. It is hard to please everyone with the temperature in the office, but our lovely... More


  9. "Japanese electronics and social infrastructure maker"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hitachi Europe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    high-technology company with global reach

    Cons

    Japanese company, steady but little growth. Strong preference for Japanese nationals.

    Advice to Management

    focus more on growth


  10. "Gutes Betriebsklima, komplizierte Strukturen"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hitachi Europe full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    gute Sozialleistungen, selbstverantwortliches Arbeiten, nette Mitarbeiter

    Cons

    komplizierte und teilweise sehr langsame Strukturen/Entscheidungen
    schwer erreichbare Unternehmensziele


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