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Nomura Securities Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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  • "Couple of projects do not have a work life balance" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Senior management are pretty much Japanese nationals so not too much diversity at the top" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    firm is ambitious to set a firm foot in US. besides, Good benefits

    Cons

    not a US bank. not G-SIB


  2. "analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    overall good culture and decent hours

    Cons

    working with global team members can be difficult at times

  3. Helpful (1)

    "decent benefits, poor comp and management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nomura offers good benefits compared to peers

    Cons

    below average pay, incompetent management with no clear strategy, little to no synergy across divisions, poor hiring strategy


  4. Helpful (2)

    "ED"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits and limited involvement from home office

    Cons

    US vs UK is an ongoing arm wrestling match

    Advice to Management

    Commit to the US or get out


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Go somewhere else"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    Make a lot of friends that will inevitably get fired and land at another shop

    Cons

    Too many to type


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Sushi bar. Near Times Square in NYC.

    Cons

    Directionless management always spewing incoherent message. Numerous yearly FINRA violations with no intentions of correcting, which is hard to defend firm's integrity to clients. Hiring of managers that were previously fired from other financial institions.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a top notch consulting firm to reevaluate the firm's direction. There is a disconnect between HQ in Japan and affiliates not in Japan.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Lack of Vision and Direction in Senior Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sushi bar
    Decent work hours for investment banking (trade-off is less substantial deal experience)
    Competitive benefits and generous 401(k) match

    Cons

    Senior bankers are mostly bankers who were fired from other banks and have bounced from bank to bank in their careers. Lack of alignment on strategic vision between U.S. and Japanese leadership leads to constant realignment of strategy and nothing sticks. Put all together, there's an inconsistent flow of deals and it generally seems like a place where people live to collect their salaries and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    If expansion in the Americas is a key strategic initiative for Japanese leadership, invest real dollars to poach seasoned and respected bankers from other institutions. Otherwise Nomura in the Americas will be a half-baked experiment that will never be consistently profitable.

  8. "Vice President of Internal Audit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and friendly people

    Cons

    Very limited room for growth


  9. "Good work culture with skilled teams but could do better in terms of compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    Great workplace culture with emphasis on work life balance
    Good work environment with skilled co-workers that help you learn and grow professionally

    Cons

    Lower pay scales as compared to competitor financial services firms


  10. "PM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nomura Securities full-time

    Pros

    Overall good place to work.

    Cons

    Changes are not always communicated.