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Nomura Securities Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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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 17 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good work life balance.

    Cons

    As with all big organizations red tape can make getting things done difficult.


  2. "Investment Banking Junior"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lean deal teams, senior banker exposure, new office, amazing sushi.

    It's a relationship business. Meet as many people as you can. Most senior bankers are career transplants from larger banks.

    Cons

    Americas IBD has no strategic direction

    Most of the junior rank is filled with senior level referrals who are not productive

    Comp and experience are below street

    Advice to Management

    Americas IBD senior leadership has shown years of incompetence


  3. "Good/bad place to be, depends on product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, can learn and do well depending on product and mgr, otherwise, can be dead end.

    Cons

    Not always about meritocracy. Certain products carry more weight in senior mgmt eyes, protected on down years and taken care of during good years. Not fun to be outside of that inner circle.

    Advice to Management

    Be more nimble about product strategy but at the same time demonstrate confidence in strategy. Be more proactive and not reactive. What were you thinking building out a cash trading biz, paying out huge contracts, while the rest of the street was downsizing product?!


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  5. "Great benefits; Need to focus on slow and steady growth, hiring based on merit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IBD Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IBD Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Autonomous work environment
    - Lean team structures
    - Flat organizational structure compared to other bulge bracket banks
    - Great benefits (healthcare & 401(k) matching)

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency between senior management and bankers
    - Uncertainty in future development
    - Nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring based on relationships and start giving offers based on merit; aim for sustainable growth rather than aspirational growth; keep communication channels transparent; be fair in benefits offered to HR and front-office employees


  6. "Nomura Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities with many people moving all the time

    Cons

    Bad culture, bad hours, bad people


  7. "Decent company"

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

    Pros

    Good Package
    Exposure to learning and networking if efforts are made

    Cons

    Depending on the manager you may get stuck doing work that does not use your true potential


  8. "Analyst (Investment Banking)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Easy-going culture and light hours relative to other investment banks.

    Cons

    Performance has been declining year over year. Lots of turnover, both at the junior and senior levels. Doesn't seem like management has a clear direction with where they want IBD to be going, and deals are not won as a result.


  9. "a good employer"

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

    I have been working at Nomura Securities (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    a large size global player

    Cons

    feels undecided between Japanese manager dominated or pure performance driven selections

    Advice to Management

    I think it is important to decide one way or other - a Japanese bank or an international bank.


  10. "Nomura Securities US"

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smaller dynamic environment vs. other large cap banks

    Cons

    Japanese culture often clashes with American mentality. High turnover, company strategy changes frequently.


  11. "VP impressions on IT sector"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Programmer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Principal Programmer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits: Vacation, sick days, personal days. Good medical insurance
    Carrier advancement: for lowest IT personnel is quite impressive. As for the senior level - it does not happen too often.

    Cons

    Under performing IT personnel is everyday reality - lots of prod issues, chaotic management, bad pay on bonus end - continuously, much lower than promised.
    Management professional culture varies from individual to individual.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to retain the main work force. Do not cut corners as it does not pay off in a long run.
    Corporate greed: do not "save" money on software and people.
    Secure software components as it is unthinkable as per risk to have programs running in prod with no source.


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