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  1. "Credit manager assistant"

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

    I worked at Roland Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Easy work environment great co workers they have several free perks such as Starbucks coffee and pastries as well as family days at amusement parks they are very family friendly

    Cons

    There is a lot of office drama and back stabbing among the departments with little to no punishment when complained about

    Advice to Management

    They could take complaints more seriously as well as have compassion for the disbaled


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a great company, not so much anymore!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are quite a few amazing people within the company, many of whom have been with the company for 10+ years. Standard employees, non executive, have great personal moral.

    Decent benefits, 401k matching up to a certain %, and accommodation pricing on equipment.

    Cons

    The U.S. division of Roland Corporation is pretty much run by it's Japanese parent company. Marketing initiatives, sales strategies, etc. are primarily driven by Roland Japan, whom know very little about the U.S. Market! No wonder there has been such a large disconnect with U.S. consumers!

    The company executives are extremely guarded when it comes to sharing information. Only a select few are given full knowledge regarding key products and new or developing initiatives.

    Over the last 8 years or so lay offs, being unprofitable, and having gone through 4 CEOs (the current of which is extremely overbearing) have taken overall moral to an all time low.

    Blind favoritism takes place on a regular basis, Employees whom are incompetent or whom have had no real place due to financial struggles or program cut backs have remained employed, purely because they have a good relationship with the "right" people. All while other highly qualified and "should be" valued employees have been let go.

    Advice to Management

    To Roland U.S. executives, treat your employees like the hard working people they are, not expendable commodities! Many of them have stuck with the company through a very rough time and have received little to nothing in return for their loyalty.

    Also stop using employee personally owned communications for business purposes. We don't pay for our cell phones and plans to be readily accessible to the company; use formal company email, voicemail, phones, etc. for that!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Easy Gig, Not Very Inspiring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    By and large, fantastic people. Great products. Easy-going environment. Low stress.

    Excellent benefits, good pay, 401k matching, and great accommodation pricing on equipment.

    Free water, coffee, and soda. Subsidized gym/pool membership at Commerce Aquatic Center (only $120 a year). Large and diverse food court across the street.

    Cons

    Unlike other music technology distributors, Roland US effectively has zero input on product development or even feature updates. As such, not much creativity is fostered, and technical ability is unused and under-appreciated.

    Very little transparency. Management equates secrecy with power. Midlevel employees may not be aware of new products until a week or so before a big trade show.

    Numerous layoffs have taken their toll on morale. I've heard things are turning around lately.

    Grossly incompetent employees are shuffled from job to job (including promotions) and may avoid layoffs at the expense of those who are qualified, due to blind favoritism. Minor LGBT discrimination issues.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "USED to be a great company to work for... not any more"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Roland Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    When I started at Roland, I absolutely LOVED my job. I'd never been happier to go to work on Monday morning. The company really made you feel like what you did for the company mattered. Lots of "at-a-boys". Even the pay was great. The vibe in the office was positive and uplifting.

    Cons

    NOT ANY MORE!! :( All the passionate people that used to work there are gone. They all lost their jobs. The economic fall really took its toll on the industry and the company. The once positive and uplifting vibe in the office has now been recently referred to as "a graveyard."


  5. "It's a good company with a lot of good people in it."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roland Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The team seems good, benefits are good. Work-life balance is pretty healthy. The people are generally great to work with and upper management is generally supportive (with some minor exceptions).

    Cons

    Most of the challenges I encountered were issues related to international structure. Initiatives being turned down when they made their way to Japan.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting the staff of US and fight the good fight.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people but painful to be part of contracting company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roland Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Telecommute privileges
    Good benefits package
    Wide range of products spanning most of industry

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Management doesn't recognize lower employees skills or train from within.
    Hit hard by economic downturn and still hasn't recovered. (management & product issues?)
    Roland US is pawn of Roland Japan HQ. Japan doesn't listen to US and there's an inability/fear of US management to dissent or object to bad product and strategy forced by Japan HQ.

    Advice to Management

    You have let go so many highly intelligent, hard-working employees with incredible knowledge that you've created a "brain drain" that will make any recovery extremely difficult. Instead, they should have been recognized and given the opportunity to drive innovation and new ideas.

    Bad product, and inability/fear to dissent or vigorously object to Japan HQ has nearly killed this company. It seems to be because of lack of communication between US and Japan HQ, probably due to time-zone, but mainly language and culture differences. There's a layer of insulation between US employees and Japan management and engineers preventing adequate communication. Fix this!


  7. "A great company in Japan. However, their distribution Roland in Los Angeles have room for improvement."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits / Compensation Pkg.
    Flexible
    Cool Atmosphere
    Promoted within
    Great innovative products

    Cons

    Unprofessional environment
    Lack of productivity due to A LOT of gossip @ this workplace
    Unqualified coworkers / management staff - ( lack of college education and experience )

    Advice to Management

    I recommend leadership assessment tests, including personality tests before hiring. This should eliminate some "bad apples."

  8. "Service tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good product and excellent technical documentation and spares support

    Cons

    low salary over many years

    Advice to Management

    Experience and loyalty should be respected


  9. "very narrow minded work process handling"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perfect Products, Meals subsidised, free water

    Cons

    Unprofessional workstyle, no staff development

    Advice to Management

    Get external company to review supply chain at all sites