Square Enix Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
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  1. Good job, okay pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Playing computer games for a living, great co-workers, amazing break room

    Cons

    Bosses have a strained relationship with testers, pay is not very high, hours can be long near the end of the contract

  2. Fantastic gaming company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Everything is awesome at Square!

    Cons

    Only downside was the commute, which is more personal if anything.

  3. Customer Service Representative - Emails and Tickets

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Square Enix as a contractor

    Pros

    Good way to get your feet wet

    Cons

    Low compensation and gets repetitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Amazing first step into the Gaming industry.

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    Current Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Current Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Square Enix as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome company culture
    Hire from within
    Good people
    Great learning opportunity

    Cons

    Some older employees come off as overly jaded and unmotivated
    Not much room to grow
    No onsite development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Lots of fun and great people

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    Current Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Current Contractor - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Square Enix as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    For trying to break into the video game industry, you couldn't find a better place to do QA Testing than Square Enix. The environment was well lit and kept cool (sometimes a little too cool) and you're constantly surrounded by SE merch. Getting to talk with your coworkers is easy and encouraged, and everyone there is very helpful and super friendly. Food was brought in and shared at LEAST once a week.

    Cons

    The turnaround is pretty fast. People come and go and moving up is (I hear) very hard. I've also heard that some pretty major changes happened to the QA dept after I moved on. I hope the environment is still as great as it was when I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep being so cool.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Challenging work environment and juggling many items at once.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Good benefits. Company is stable. You will learn a ton either by being taught but mostly by just doing it.

    Cons

    Very slow to promote. Low compensation and can be long hours (if you let it).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair compensation that meets industry standards.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Abusive and incompetent management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours allowing for a good work-life balance.
    Central office.
    Health benefits.

    Cons

    I don't think this applies to all departments, but I work there under very abusive and incompetent management and have to deal with a disastrous workflow and with bullying every day, and for pennies, too. One day I decided to talk about it with my manager. I think this short extract from the reply I faced says it all: "Being happy at work is not the norm. Just because you're unhappy doesn't mean I have to do something about it." Welcome to Square Enix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve (sorry: start, simply) training
    Improve pay
    Understand that a happy employee is a productive employee, stop bullying and start rewarding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Bad management, no training or career opportunities. Always told "you should be glad you have a job" mentality.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products. Some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Abusive management. No respect for the workforce. Promises by senior managers never followed through. Awful work environment and extremely low morale. I expect the London office will close before end of 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act as you expect your workers to. Make an effort to leave your offices and talk to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Not the same old Square Enix

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has changed quite a bit from what I have heard. Used to be only a publishing arm for Japan but now the group is creating and publishing their own products in the digital space. Huge growth in the past couple of months.

    Cons

    A ton of meetings. Sometimes it feels like very little is accomplished in the meetings as many are update meetings and not very action oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to continue to grow creatively. Encourage learning. Continue the team building events, and continue to give employees input to the games you are creating. Empower employees to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    fun workplace but the company does not value your worth correctly

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    PTO, lenient on the work clothes, open environment

    Cons

    low pay, overloaded work for one person, the hiring process for an open position fills up slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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