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Updated February 16, 2018
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  • The work/ life balance could be difficult at times, but if you enjoy what you do this should not be a problem at all (in 13 reviews)

  • Senior management are pretty much Japanese nationals so not too much diversity at the top (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "IBD Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nomura analysts typically have better (fewer) hours than analyst positions at other institutions. You also don't work with quite as many hot-heads as you would at a larger bank and everyone actually gets along pretty well.

    Cons

    Nomura does not have the pedigree or name recognition that many other banks do, which hurts your chances for hearing back from headhunters if you decide to pursue a career down other financial avenues.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any real advice for management because I just started working here. A lot of the managers have great experience at other banks and are working hard to grow Nomura's reputation.


  2. "Investment banking analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    The company has a pretty good culture. They treat analysts relatively well, and they have a great training program. They take analysts to London for training.

    Cons

    The deal flow isn't that great. There are few M&A deals. Most of the deals are financings. The deals aren't that large compared to bulge brackets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating analysts well. Bring in bigger deals. Please take time to educated analysts as they almost always want to learn more.

  3. "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really good people to work with. Hard working, intelligent, and collegial.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks a long-term strategy. Directional pivots sabotage employee's success.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your markets, decide if you want to compete, and if so, compete to win.


  4. "Decent experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great benefits (401k match, health care, vacation days)
    - work life balance
    - good culture, colleagues are genuine and have each others backs
    - beautiful office

    Cons

    - slow advancement and growth opportunities
    - some dead weight in the firm that should really be trimmed
    - expectations and standards seem to vary from team to team

    Advice to Management

    doing a great job but take notice of people coasting


  5. "GOOD PEOPLE AT NOMURA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are great.
    The office is nice.
    Work environment is ok.

    Cons

    Some people do not apply themselves and are not productive.
    Management needs some leadership classes.
    Need to update systems. They are very old.

    Advice to Management

    Nomura is a good firm. But management is not efficient.


  6. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good team culture
    - Access to higher management

    Cons

    - Hierarchical structure
    - Not much else

    Advice to Management

    - Flexible work hours/environment to compete with tech/start ups


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to start out and gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, everyone is mostly helpful

    Cons

    Lots of red tape. Little things like software installation require many approvals.

    Advice to Management

    Give developers more tools so they can get the job done easier

  8. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I have working with Nomura for the last 3 and half years . My experience is pretty good till now

    Cons

    So far so good . I do not see any cons till now .

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Nomura Risk Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    - Good exposure to senior management
    - Get to work on projects related to what is latest happening in the financial world

    Cons

    - Systems need upgrade, lots of manual work

    Advice to Management

    Need to upgrade the risk systems


  10. "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just like ER at any other shop your experience is largely dependent upon your lead analyst. Most of the lead analysts I encountered were friendly and helpful. Most of the ER staff are tolerable to be around. Free Seamless every night for up to $25 if you stay after 8PM (which you will) and free cabs home if you leave after 9PM (which you will).

    Cons

    Everyone gets in around 7AM and leaves around 9PM at the earliest. I usually left at 10 or 11PM depending on how much work there was to do and put in another 6 hours on the weekends. The teams are all very lean so everyone has to pull more weight than they probably would at another bank.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


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