DeNA Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
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    Operations and Infrastructure team at DeNA

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DeNA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The operations team at DeNA is a highly collaborative group of intelligent and experienced individuals. While it's nice to talk about war stories and bond over the battle wounds of operational hellfire past. This team would rather talk over lunch about their weekend plans or go on a movie outing, because frankly they are smart enough to avoid most of the brimstone that you find in other large infrastructure deployments. It's true that their hardware is not magic and their tools are no different than the rest of the industries, but they are able to handle outages and more importantly the people that are affected by them with, dare I say it, a bit of grace?! Think of your worst experience with an IT/Operations team then think about what made you feel that way. That's what this team thinks about every time it meets to consider how we can make our clients lives a little easier, and frankly how we can keep our lives easy.

    Cons

    As with any team that can see across the entire organization, the problems that recur are the most disheartening. The entire organization would be better off if it would take more cues from the operations and infrastructure team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time listening to the operations teams thoughts on how best to scale the technology stacks to be more game agnostic and easier to move between game teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Engineering black hole

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DeNA

    Pros

    Work life balance depending on what team you are on.
    Free food, snacks, good benefits
    A very few smart people worth working with.
    Friendly people.

    Cons

    I was an engineer at DeNA, so I will be speaking from an engineer's perspective.

    This is the place where you will see one of the worst engineering practices being done. If that's your thing, by all means, join this place. Most of the engineering managers are just a bunch of deadweight loss that don't really add value to the company. Only a few are intelligent and know what they are doing.

    There is currently no VP of engineering and CTO. This is a HUGE red flag for any engineer thinking of joining this company. DeNA does not care about the technology/practices used to build its games.

    People are getting laid off/fired left and right, but upper management will tell everyone else that those people voluntarily quit the company. So much for transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire those deadweight loss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not terrible...heard it's improved since I've left

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at DeNA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at the company for about two years. I was able to build new friendships quickly, and team and overall company dynamics back in 2011-2012 were great. I found people passionate about building fun, original games.

    Cons

    As time went by, the overall culture seemed to evolve into one that favored partying and massive drinking over productivity. Certain folks would come in at 11 and leave at 4 (and paid very well for their short time in the office), and performance reviews simply did not exist. On the flip side, other teams would work insane hours - I'd come in at 10 but leave sometimes at 2AM, but were never really recognized for their efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and recognize employees who show effort to contribute to the company. Don't promote people for the sake of retaining people. Keep those who actually care about the product and services DeNA offers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    My experience began wonderfully, and my role fulfilling, but studio management changed and things turned sour.

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at DeNA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture skewed positive, great location, nice perqs overall. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No longer a friendly environment for creatives, in fact I can say unequivocally that it had become hostile. I was told my job could be outsourced for less money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suggest a more merit based approach to executive level hiring and promotions. HR process and protocols should really be audited and perhaps overhauled to be in compliance with state and federal employment law, and best practices generally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Engineers... If you want people to value what you do, stay away from this place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DeNA

    Pros

    Free breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Comprehensive benefits.
    Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    - Upper management does not see the value that good engineering practices add to the company.
    - 'Transparency' is one of their core values but upper management always keeps everyone in the dark about.... pretty much everything.
    - 'Speak Up' is one of DeNA's core values but, if you 'Speak Up', you will be shown the door. This has happened to multiple people who are not with the company anymore.
    - Way too much politics. The ones who care and are competent get back-stabbed by upper management and the Japanese employees.
    - VERY toxic work environment.
    - People are leaving every week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of that ego. You are trying to open a business in US, so, please, learn to reward people based on merit (other than ....)

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DeNA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good people work here

    Cons

    Stuck in Free-to-Play model, mostly unoriginal products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, great vision, great (upcoming) games.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DeNA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The 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...

    Cons

    The 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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    10 years in the gaming industry and this is the worst job I've ever had.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DeNA

    Pros

    • Free food and impressive snack wall.

    Cons

    • Awful on-boarding process. My boss didn't even know I started my first day.
    • Poor communication with senior managers.
    • There is a core blame game that likes to get passed around if things don't go right.
    • Passive-aggressive and normal aggressive co-workers.
    • Working from home is a not a real option.
    • Language barriers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally speaking, there is a lot of blame and little accountability with senior management. If something doesn't go according to plan, they'll pick employees they don't like, put them on a project that isn't going well and set them up to fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    DeNA Response

    Jul 11, 2014VP Operations, DeNA West

    Thank you for your feedback. As part of our on-boarding process we make sure all employees are set up for success and feel welcomed from day one; therefore I am sorry to hear you feel you did not ... More

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Political garbage can with horrible execs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DeNA full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Step down. Fire the whole executive team before they run the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    So far a good experience

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DeNA full-time (more than an year)

    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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Each 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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