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  1. "Commitment to Ethics and Financial Discipline"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kyocera Solar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every layer of management I’ve encounter at Kyocera has a strong desire to ‘do the right thing as a human being’. Kyocera empowers all employees to be managers- to make decisions, lead programs and take responsibility. This is a numbers driven company; you can create a new business plan and pitch it to management, but you better have numbers and figures to back up your claim. While the analytic numbers driven side of the company can be frustrating at times it ultimately is a good thing once you understand it. Too many companies with good people and good intentions can be lead to ruin by poor accounting and fiscal management.

    The direct compensation is decent. This is not a company you will join to get rich quick, but compensated fairly. The benefits are excellent. Management is appropriately flexible when allowing for work/life balance.

    Cons

    This is a numbers driven company, like none other I've witnessed- if you are not comfortable backing up your claims with data it could be a bad match. Kyocera companies practice ‘Amoeba Management’ which can take some time to learn and understand fully, even though the concepts are simple to grasp. Amoeba Management has proven itself successful, but if practiced in a vacuum, without the values of Kyocera Philosophy (for example, make Altruistic Decisions), this management style can lead to internal conflicts.

    Nearly all decisions in Kyocera need to be made by committee- from multi-million dollar acquisitions to the number of toilet paper rolls to buy and everything in between. This can be frustrating if you are joining Kyocera from an organization that has more of a centralized decision making process. Decision by committee can be a slow process if you don’t first learn how to navigate the system.

    Advice to Management

    Put more focus on being a technology leader.


  2. "what the solar industry used to be like..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like stability and a slow paced job where nothing happens quickly, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Very slow to adapt/ change to new market conditions (if at all)

    Advice to Management

    better figure out how to survive in the new (faster paced, dynamic) solar industry, or face obsolesence

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kyocera Solar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company and they have an open door policy. Great values and very transparent.

    Cons

    Can be slow to implement changes. Habit of running to lean.

    Advice to Management

    Keep approvals simple and put adequate services behind their inside sales team.


  4. "Lacks innovation and aggressive business practises"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large listed company with good financials, Stable Employment.

    Cons

    People are of average abilities and intelligence. Processes move slow and entrepreneurial mindset and attitude towards risk is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Hire smarter people and take more risks


  5. "Was a great company, no longer so."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits; Cheap medical insurance with great coverage, 401k match, life insurance, and a pension. Decent work/life balance. Some good coworkers that have a sense of humor. High standards of ethics (president excluded) and good corporate philosophy.

    Cons

    There is no true leadership here, only management. This company has lost their vision and needs someone to guide them or they will eventually fade away and cease to exist. Unhealthy conflict, sour attitudes, and a generally unpleasant working environment. Highest priced product in a cheap commoditized market. No real support from Japan HQ. Little to no opportunity for advancement. Mediocre pay.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate your vision for the company, hire a real leader, not just another sales guy turned manager; its not working. Put the right people in the right positions, not your unqualified friends that cannot perform the job requirements. Learn to manage people properly. At a bare minimum, at least standup for and act like this is your company: the "be political" and appease Japan all the time is just you acting like a corporate puppet. Most of all, start making decisions and in a timely fashion. Oh, and stop asking your employees to write positive reviews for you on glassdoor.


  6. "Mediocre Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has a long history and an amazing founder.

    Cons

    Management are the most mediocre people I have ever met. Instead of hiring the people that have been around for the longest they should bring in outside talent who are the best people for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Applied for the Staff Accountant Position 6 Months Ago"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Staff Accountant in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Contractor - Staff Accountant in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kyocera Solar as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None - Everything I see on the outside says "mistake" on the inside of this company. Now I see the how true it is, their recruiting for another Staff Accountant after just four months.

    Cons

    Something is seriously wrong with this organization, turnover is horribly high. I remember asking the HR rep. about the high turnover during the interview, she gave me a bold-face lie. Then she tried to dodge the issue with a defensive posture and some bogus story about employee's with 10, 15, and 20 year careers with Kyocera.

    Advice to Management

    Get yourself a "moral compass" and learn how to use it!

  8. "Fairly Dysfunctional, Poor Senior Leadership, High Turnover"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company produces quality products and has a reputation for standing behind it's products.

    Cons

    Corporate planning and strategy tied to staying out of trouble with parent company governed oversees in Japan. Lackluster leadership with significant mismanagement and deep voids in organizational development, employee retention and appreciation, customer relations and strategic planning, among many others. It is no surprise that company is struggling in a increasingly competitive market.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if same management is in place as was before 2010, but if so, recruit a new president (e.g., replace Mr Hill) and the controller. Inept would seem to be a kind one word description considering an employee turnover rate of over 50% less than 3 years,


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and that's about it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great medical and dental benefits, many preventative procedures etc are covered and coverage starts day one. Small company feel within a large corporation. Access to all levels of management up to the CEO.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, some of the most unhappy people I've ever worked around. They've been through two major layoffs since I left largely due to upper management decisions that continue to cost them market share. Company takes financially conservative to a whole new level placing band-aids on systems that desperately need replacement in order to be effective. Kyocera as a corporation has solid company standards and beliefs but at the local level in the Solar division there's more finger pointing than anything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring friends and start investing in people with the experience to turn things around. Keeping personnel in place who are loyal to upper management while being ridiculed and laughed at by subordinates for their lack of knowledge isn't doing anyone any favors. Kyocera Solar needs a leader with a clear vision and the ability to inspire and communicate that vision to staff.