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Nomura Securities Reviews

Updated October 31, 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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "Fantastic Culture"

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    Current Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer 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

    Strong culture for investment banking. Everyone is helpful and down to earth. Lots of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Typically long Investment Banking Hours

    Advice to Management

    Improve performance and increase compensation


  4. "Exec Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Little supervision. I was able to run my own show. Lots of flexibility and was able to network with a lot of people.

    Cons

    It’s a constant revolving door. Nobody was able to go to work comfortably without feeling like they have job security. Japan does not connect with US culture to create successful leaders. A great trader/salesperson/analyst does NOT make a great manager. As an admin, success in numbers means nothing.


  5. "OK work place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are at par with market.

    Cons

    Politics and favoritism far outweigh, talent and hard work.


  6. "Trader"

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    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Nomura Securities full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, excellent vacation and leave

    Cons

    Clicky, little advancement opp, management not engaged, very political

    Advice to Management

    do a better job


  7. "Company is disarray"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - opportunities for growth if in the right group
    - smaller teams than bulge brackets so have access to upper management and good clients at a younger age

    Cons

    - very disorganized from the top down
    - most people are there as a stepping stone to another firm
    - pay not quite as good as the bulge brakcets

    Advice to Management

    - make up your mind.

  8. "Great benefits; good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best Medical and 401K on street.

    Cons

    Not much Work from Home


  9. "Summer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good leadership. Loved the analysts and Associates working there

    Cons

    Non professional HR, many people use it as a stepping stone to go somewhere else


  10. "sales and trading analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flat structure, lot of access to senior people

    Cons

    different teams have very different cultures


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