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NEC Corporation of America Reviews

Updated October 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance for employees (in 16 reviews)

  • Good benefits (though starting to erode a bit); some great people who work there (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • It seems that NEC America struggles with its business in US market (in 9 reviews)

  • lack of financial stability as a corporation continued changes in upper management to no avail (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Former support team member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New building, decent benefits, monthly happy hours

    Cons

    Lay offs, salary freeze and poor communication during computer system transition


  2. "Sales Dying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Product portfolio hard to sell direct.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Silos - Layoffs year after year - Slow Brontosaurus being eaten by Agile Raptors"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Nice People (Mostly)
    Fun Activities
    Balanced CEO
    Work life Balance
    Close to Airport
    Great Identity Solutions (Biometrics)

    Cons

    Poor Communication
    Executive Cronyism
    Too risk averse
    Constant Downsizing
    No Control - Answers to Japan
    Not a True Global Company
    No Women on Board of Directors
    Too Many Executives Living Outside DFW HQ - True Cause of Silos


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (though starting to erode a bit); some great people who work there. Bonuses for even non-sales when times are good. Some of the divisional and departmental managers are really good, but your success depends on whether you have a good manager or not.

    Cons

    Terrible executive management in North America. Not visionary and stuck in the past. Too much reliance on "waiting for Japan to act."

    Advice to Management

    Management should take a hard look at the offerings and focus on areas where NEC can dominate. Also, get rid of the deadwood when you start doing the annual layoffs. Too many of the good team members are let go, while others who do very little remain simply because they've been there so long.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "NEC"

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    Former Employee - Order Entry in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Order Entry in Grand Prairie, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Insurance cost very good and pays

    Cons

    No family time. Very stressful 50 to 60 hours weekly salary

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees


  6. "Sales Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive Wage, Good Benefits, 401K, etc.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership / management team at the mid management level. The level above seemed good but the middle management level was terrible. Close to hostile work environment. Big old boys club and no effective resources to do your job with very little support or help. Very much sink or swim with very little direction or leadership. Treated (not the only one - many stories) very unfairly as a woman. Heard of many previous employees wanting to file law suits. I just wanted out.

    Advice to Management

    Middle Management in some areas of the organization need to be VERY closely looked at. Especially within the SE organization, you have some loose cannons on your hands with harassment (guess which form) written all over it.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Problem manager"

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    Current Employee - Client Liaison in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Client Liaison in Grand Prairie, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning environment for new guys looking to get into the IT field and want real word experience

    Cons

    Pay rate is lacking.. Management is not parallel with IT giants in this industry

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great innovation in Japan. They really push the boundaries of technology.

    Cons

    Great innovation in Japan, but never figured out how to grow the NA business. Even if businesses were growing they would bring in leaders that would derail successful business.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy and let it execute for a couple of years before shunning it midway and hire the right type of leaders.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Hard times"

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    Former Employee - Director in Mesquite, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Mesquite, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great job life ratio. Virtual office makes for easy in commuting. Good work schedule

    Cons

    Company in deep financial trouble because it has no sales. Allowed to many executes without experience to run sales. Little control for following company policies; exposing company to unnecessary risk.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Biometrics Division: Great technology, abysmal management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NEC Corporation of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits in terms of medical, retirement, and time off.

    Engaging technology applied to meaningful work.

    Cons

    Non-existent leadership in the Biometrics group has fostered an environment where engineers seek little more than autonomy creating an office culture that is cold and divided when it could be collaborative and transparent.

    Management habitually dissuades best practices in favor of recklessly pushing toward the next deliverable. This has led this group to be continually stuck (for years) in a pattern of urgently delivering poor quality solutions to increasingly frustrated customers. If you understand the concept of "technical debt" and strive to avoid it you will likely be extremely disappointed in this environment.

    No particular software development process or approach is implemented. "Requirements" typically consist of a single, vague sentence copied from the Statement of Work (SOW) which inevitably leads to late-stage rework cycles often lasting years. Eventually the customers become so frustrated (and vocal) that features not in the SOW are requested/demanded and the Biometrics group is forced to cave to avoid further damage to their reputation. The newly requested features are then typically provided for free and, as requirements are once again not gathered, implementing the new solutions also suffers from the above late-stage rework cycle. As a result, many projects finish well above budget and nearly all solutions are delivered well late of the originally proposed deadline.

    These faults have led many of the more talented and professional developers to leave for greener pastures in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Be active in managing your employees.

    Learn about modern software development practices and ask the difficult questions about the roles of messaging channels and stakeholder incentives.

    Perform proper requirements gathering or explicitly allocate resources to do so; your customers deserve to have their needs understood and met.

    Focus on this concept: Removing the immediate impediment for your employees is not as valuable, or effective, as removing the cause of that impediment.


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