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Updated January 17, 2018
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Concord, CA

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  • There is very little work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • difficult to introduce new and modern ways of working, slow decision making process, little support for the professional development of the employees (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many Holidays (US & Japanese)
    Bonus at physical yr end

    Cons

    forced philosophy/buddism on you
    Management ineffective/lack skills
    discriminatory in many areas
    Salary lower than standard

    Advice to Management

    Learn what a manager's role and responsibilities are
    be consistent and fair


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for technical career"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Concord, CA

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

    Pros

    - For a starter, it's great place to gain technical experience.
    - Very stable and great work environment.
    - A lot of holidays (US and Japan)
    - Nice people

    Cons

    Not flexible work schedule, can't work from home.

  3. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're lucky to work with one of the good managers, then you'll be fine.

    Cons

    There's a lot of resistance to change within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage growth, especially when your team member is motivated to learn.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kyocera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For full time employee benefits are pretty good. If you like to work 9 to 5 and do mostly nothing then you'll like it

    Cons

    No new technologies, no interesting projects, prison like environment. Caucasian are minorities and not treated equally.

    Advice to Management

    Hire god people and actually listen what they have to say. You keep hiring cheap labor, that will not move company anywhere


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Reviews here are accurate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Other companies have similar. Do your work and you should be good.

    Cons

    Management was lost when I was there and still lost after I left. People with experience last from 30 days - 3 years before they leave for another job. Like another reviewer said only take a job here if nothing else has come through.

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying we want to be great and do it. Heard the same thing year after year after year. Stop being cheap on salaries on purpose. To create the products you need you need to hire people with experience. The company could be blowing its competitors away but instead just copy.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not for the ambitious..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Stable off-shore operation backed by a cash-rich yet frugal parent
    * Generous vacation package after the first couple of years
    * Great commute, if you live in/near the Diablo Valley
    * Company adheres to a strict budget -- no layoffs

    If you're just looking for a place to collect a paycheck, you might like it here.

    Cons

    * Japanese-style management (a mismatch for software dev)
    * Mandatory company philosophy training
    * No practical skills training
    * Salaries are ~20% below market
    * Old, outdated technologies and practices ("We <3 the '90s!")
    * No chance for promotion
    * Lots of petty politics, little collaboration/teamwork
    * Located far from tech centers
    * Company adheres to a strict budget -- don't expect new equipment, appreciation gestures, etc.

    If you wish to stay relevant in the fast-moving Bay Area tech market, you most certainly won't like it here.

    Advice to Management

    Management's running things just the way they want it run. As Kyocera's founder Kazuo Inamori says in his mind-numbing philosophy lectures, "If you don't like it here, then get out!". Which is to say, it's not the employee's place to offer advice.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, there are no pros unless your Asian!

    Cons

    Worst company I've ever worked for. Once they they don't want to pay your salary or they don't want you around anymore, they will give you a severance to get rid of you quietly.

    Advice to Management

    Give up!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "QA Tester"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security. You get paid for doing the bare minimum and unless you really work hard to not do your job or anger upper management, you won't get fired. There was a yearly bonus which was pretty sweet.

    Cons

    Management does not know a thing about managing people. Company culture is that of a Japanese company: work hard (10+ hrs) = favoritism. This company never thinks outside the box, and for employees who want to push the envelope, they get scolded for. If you're not a "yes-man", you're put on the crap list and will be labeled as a "troublemaker". No room for growth. I worked there for three years and never saw anyone get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your butt.. stop thinking you're so much better than the people you manage. Everything can be made into a learning experience, educate instead of making people feel stupid.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Very stable software company if you want to get paid while you do nothing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable job. No fear of layoff. No one works hard, and you don't have to, so that the work-life balance is good. Guaranteed annual bonus.

    Cons

    Work shift. 8AM-5PM, 8:30AM-5:30PM, or 9AM-5PM. You must be on time and can't leave the office early. Worship the founder like a religious cult. The employees are not paid well, so they tend to fight due to the frustration. Racially divided. This company is located in infamous bad neighborhood called Concord, California. You know what to expect...

    Advice to Management

    Speak English, not Chinese or Japanese. Learn American way to do business.


  10. "Great"

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Concord, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fair working environment. You will be rewarded for hard work.

    Cons

    Its located in Concord, CA


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