Pros: the visible salary is very good, especially for tennessee. however, some of the higher salary is offset by below-industry benefits. as an example, nissan's hsa has a $2, 500 deductible per person in your family. so if you are healthy with a family of 3 to hit a $7, 500, you have to be pretty sick. additionally, the raises are minimal (below inflation), even for who with excellent review, with year end bonus tied to unattainable performance targets.
1) There a huge culture of finger pointing, as such people are more worried about defending and blaming others than with real work.
2) There a lack of accountability or incorrect accountability. People constantly get blamed for things they have absolutely no control over. As example, marketing is responsible for short term sales, but marketing isn't – more... given any tools to improve sales (sales staff control, incentives, etc.). Sales is responsible for Overall Opinion, while not having control over advertising or customer service.
3) Unattainable objectives. Nissan set sales objective beyond the actual production capacity so that the executives can look tough, but it destroys employee morale. Nissan aims to turn over 10% of "bad" dealers every year, killing relationship with dealers. All of this is for the executives to look good to the CEO.
4) Hostile work relationships between/within departments. Because all of the finger pointing and accountability. No one wants to take on any responsibilities and hold information close to chest. As such, fire drills come at the last minute.
5) Mismanagement of talent. "High potential" talents get "stretch" assignments, but in reality they just get plugged into the worst performing organization without any resources, perpetually. The best people purposely underperform to not be pinned as "high potential". As a result, the organization is becoming extremely low performing, since all the "high potentials" are underperforming on purpose or leaving the company (attribution even at Senior Vice President level).
6) Extremely political. Playing politics and hanging on to the right coat tail is the only way to progress up the organization. The top management are extremely inept, and are a bunch of "yes" people.
7) Company is extremely short term focused. The success of the company is completely build on past investments. The company will sell off raw materials at the end of the year, delay payments to suppliers, delay bonus payments, etc. in order to hit extremely aggressive profit targets. It is reminiscent of pre-bankruptcy GM and Chrysler. There is no long term future for Nissan. – less