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Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.0 32 reviews

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Shintaro Asako

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people, great vision, great (upcoming) games.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe people are awesome and the culture is awesome! There are people from all walks of life that have come from mobile, console and many other places to work here.

    If you want to get promoted, you will. Speak up and work hard and you'll be rewarded. Too many people are obsessed with immediate satisfaction and don't stay with the company long enough to really see the upside. Work hard, have fun and you'll have a job you will enjoy for years to come.

    Work/Life balance is awesome. I enjoy working within my own hours and not required hours that are set arbitrarily .

    The food is pretty amazing too...

    ConsThe pay isn't the best. The office is a little meh...not your typical gaming company office space. No real hit titles yet, but they're coming! The desk pods are a bit annoying and not really conducive to communication. No real centralized area to play and engage with your coworkers (a MUST for a gaming company). Needs a proper centralized gaming area (not just tucked away in the corner of the office).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Political garbage can with horrible execs

    Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Food, drinks, alcohol.
    - A culture team that somehow manages to throw decent events.
    - After working here for a while the job opportunities outside of the company increase
    - Highly overqualified and under utilized employees
    - If you play politics over work, you can go far here.

    Cons- Not a meritocracy
    - Inexperienced executives. They keep promoting themselves without having delivered anything. Executives are the reason this company is failing as they create a political work environment. Some don't realize how obvious it is to everyone they have no clue what they are doing,
    - Low salary, no real stock options, no bonuses
    - Politically infested and hostile work environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep down. Fire the whole executive team before they run the company into the ground.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So far a good experience

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Good work/life balance.
    - Accessible place with many transportation options.
    - Breakfast, lunch, free snacks/drinks (including energy drinks and beer).
    - Reimbursement for gym, phone and Japanese lessons (our HQ is in Japan).
    - Good compensation and benefits.
    - Up-to-date workstations.
    - A game room and nerf weapons available for nerf retaliation.
    - Occasional sightings of a hilarious water vehicle that passes under the adjacent bridge.

    ConsSome people seem unhappy, and you can see some of those opinions here. My message to them is:

    - Making a hit game is hard. If certain game did not become a hit and that makes you unhappy, you will be unhappy at any other company. This is the reality of the industry. Just keep persevering.

    - It is true that notable people have left the company, but it is a fallacy to think that the talent is gone. I've met many of the new hires, seen their work, and they are doing well. I've also seen our job postings and I am sure that the company has established reasonably high standards for prospect employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEach time I've any feedback, I've discussed it with them openly, and the reception has been positive. I do not need to do it anonymously on this site.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the most welcoming companies EVER!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAn extremely productive, yet relaxed, work environment. People who care about their job AND their colleagues. A company that cares about its' people. Not to mention yoga and awesome food!

    ConsThe commute can be pricey. But that's more an issue with San Francisco as a whole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep moving in the current direction. The expanding focus on the US market is the right move.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People, Great Games, Great Company.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Culture of technological experimentation and innovation.
    - 6 fully stocked beer kegs
    - 3 catered meals a day
    - Very laid back and fun working environment

    Cons- Right next to AT&T ballpark, so there is sometimes traffic during ball season
    - Too many mobile devices, so the WiFi in the office sucks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Come For The Video Games, Stay For The People.

    Artist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsDeNA always ensures that its employees are happy. They provide catered meals, have a fully stocked kitchen and tons of fun events. The people here are genuine, talented, and friendly. There isn't anyone who is more or less important than the person next to them. It's a wonderful way to work.

    ConsAs with any company whose focus is mobile, many employees where many hats. The business pace can be very fast and require quick turnaround to stay on top of things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    #1 Mobile Company!?? No way this place will keep top performers!

    (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFriendly people, Fully stocked snacks, Good Health Plan, Free food

    ConsLow salaries, chaotic teams, inexperienced leadership, bad infrastructure, HR

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen, this is going to be a long one. I hate to say this since I'm still here, and I know some of the things I'm suggesting will sting the people who really need the job, and to that I would say come work here if you are just looking for a paycheck but if you want to make a real impact and work with superstars stay far, far away!! Those days are over!!!

    Someone said the older employees are here to vest stock options, in my case they might be right and it's also because of the friends I've made over the years who still work here. We still have some good gems and I will say the people is what makes coming here tolerable but that doesn't make me want to brag about crap, rushed, products, that we spend a great deal of man hours putting out fires on. Why? Because it's mediocre unstable garbage.
    All we seem to care about is how quickly we rush a product to market and we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. So while some of the people are one of the best parts of this company it only makes me comfortable enough until I'm completely over the way this place is run like everyone else is! Wake up, S.F!
    I have to be completely honest, and let prospective employees know this is not a stable environment if that is what you are looking for, if you are looking for a GAME company this is not it, games and players take the back seat to the pursuit of revenue.

    A few people came back from Holiday to turn in their two weeks notice, there's been some pretty quiet layoffs here and there too over the last couple months. We've got people who were with the company since pre-acquisition taking "time away" and never coming back.
    Every week people are leaving.

    The interview process is a joke at best. We're given the idea that we as a team interview top candidates and if one of us says no they won't be working here, I don't know when that policy changed, (policies change on a whim here) because more and more people are joining our game teams that we never met or knew anything about but have to work with.
    Now we have a lot of new hires who are very inexperienced and haven't the foggiest what they're doing and we're also absorbing people from other teams and putting them in jobs they never did before (this isn't a startup!)
    We're already stretched so thin developing new features and pumping out weekly content, and then have to find time to train up people with absolutely no experience that we never had a say in bringing on board. It's taking a huge toll and frankly looks like the hiring managers just don't care and are desperate.

    I don't even know why or how the San Francisco Studio still exists, it's expensive to run and we don't make hit games, or know how to make anything that isn't a direct copy of some Japanese counterpart it seems.
    We have games like Marvel which is a Western I.P made by a Japanese studio in the top grossing for months,even they outclassed us on every level.
    Do we really need a San Francisco based studio to basically clone Japanese hits since we can't make hits on our own? And to add fuel to the fire the clones we make aren't even hits either!!
    Japan can make the games faster and more efficiently than the U.S studios at a fraction of the cost, and they're more likely to be gamers themselves, we have a lot of red tape here and a different work ethic! What were they thinking?? How is this strategy?

    My advice, is first what H.Q really needs to do is pull out of S.F, and return their focus to the Japanese market because there is still opportunity there for growth, they've long lost their footing in Japan they're being outdone by newcomers no one ever heard about, they can't hope to conquer the West if they can't even dominate their own home turf anymore.

    Second, start over with small agile teams. Stop dragging around a big studio that is hemorrhaging employees and money every single quarter, it's dead weight!!
    We have a ton of producers and managers with SF who "always wanted to make a cool game" but they don't know how to make games! They're completely inexperienced, experimentation is o.k when you're talking about a few thousand dollars but not when a studio is taking millions to maintain! It's no wonder partners are pulling out and wondering why they should even work with us. The shareholders must be completely naive or infinitely optimistic!
    Studios in Chile and Canada are cheaper to run, keep Chile especially around they have games there still making a good revenue contribution mostly transferred from other studios and if possible transfer S.F employees who are top contributors to Japan and Chile, shut down the S.F studio or keep it only for administration. We already outsource everything, so again, why do we need this studio to be building games??

    I think the new Dena West CEO as a finance guy who knows nothing about games is an even worse sign, if they really cared about being pro hit games they would have brought in someone who knew about them. It's more than seedy that we didn't even have an interim CEO when the last one decided to leave for a direct competitor, obviously even he was fed up, he was one of the last remnants of the original studio, we all know one of the major reasons he was appointed in the first place was to stop pre-acquisition employees from dropping off like flies. I wish this place would just stop the politics and be up front and transparent like they claim we should be, don't talk about being a company of entrepreneurs but patronize us like we're clueless children.

    If there's anything SF studio in particular is renowned for it's not knowing when to put a product out of it's misery.
    The SF studio has an unproven track record since acquisition, it's a failed "experiment", it's bleeding and it's time to put it down!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good environment, talented people.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork with global people, esp. in Asia. Different games, full responsibility of one game. Not only think on engineering but also designing, user experience.

    ConsHard working makes people busy and tired. The company does not get steady of finding it's position of west game industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Delighted and Dedicated

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe people here are the best and are dedicated to the companies long term goals and objectives. We are able to speak up respect

    ConsHR department needs to improve upon tact and implementing organized policies and procedures

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Better than I ever expected

    Product Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Management cares about my growth
    - I am encouraged to excel and do work outside of my job description
    - Hard work is noticed and rewarded
    - The people are all smart and fun
    - The perks are amazing!
    - There is a very casual, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons- When comparing salaries on glassdoor, it looks like compensation is slightly lower than the SF standards. However, I think the growth opportunities outweigh this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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