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  • There is very little work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • difficult to introduce new and modern ways of working, slow decision making process, little support for the professional development of the employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Reviews here are accurate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


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  5. "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!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  8. "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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There is not alot of positive feedback to say about this company. I've worked there for 2 years and my experience throughout my 2 year term was a nightmare, from management to the work environment itself. Everyone that's working for this company is just here to collect a paycheck. They dont take pride in what they do, the morale is low. It is a dreadful 8hours per day doing robotic work.

    Cons

    You have managers that does not know how to speak English. Most of the managers are Chinese that seems like they came from China a year ago. When talking to them, i feel like I'm in an ESL class. These managers are very closed minded, your opinion does not count. Being under a Chinese manager feels like your in a cummunist state, they are tyrants and slave drivers. It is a dead end job. the turn over ratio is really high, you see people come and go all the time. I am glad I left. For future employees or applicants, read all the reviews for this company before you apply it will save you alot of time and headaches. believe me unless you're really desperate for a job. it's a job that people pass over and it is the only choice because you have to make ends meet.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire managers that can speak English very well. they need to go to back to school for basic training and learn work ethics in corporate america.


  10. "Great if you want work-life balance, but can be dull"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Really good work-life balance. Company values family and hours are not horrendous
    - Job stability
    - Good benefits, lots of holidays

    Cons

    - Not really fast-paced or cutting-edge enough for rapid career growth
    - Management not necessarily interested in change
    - Can be hard to get promoted; growth opportunities seem to stall

    Advice to Management

    - Providea little bit more merit-based recognition, whether by creating opportunities for advancement, bonuses, vacation time, or more
    - Value the feedback of employees


  11. "slow, but good for work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Usability in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Usability in Concord, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work/life balance,
    we had a good team, but most of the people left.
    good opportunity to meet people from all over the world and learn some Japanise :))
    very friendly people
    benefits were good, although there were some problems with healthcare provider, but it always turned ok. (after being on the phone for an hour :))
    but it was a minor problem actually.

    Cons

    bad communications between the management, slow time reaction. Nobody knows what's where, who is doing what.

    Advice to Management

    be more open and proactive with your employees, let people organize some activities inside the company, listen to workers, be more open on what is going on in Japan. Let more people telecommute. organize your own HR.


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