DeNA Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Shintaro Asako
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Pros
  • Work life balance depending on what team you are on (in 5 reviews)

  • They provide catered meals, have a fully stocked kitchen and tons of fun events (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • But that's more an issue with San Francisco as a whole (in 5 reviews)

  • Many of the best people are leaving at noticeable rate and, with slow hiring, technical workers get extra work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great co-workers, bad management. Senior management.

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, fantastic work environment.

    Cons

    Clueless management that is aloof and does not understand western market. They treat their artists like garbage. Talented people are forced to churn out half baked cookie cutter products on unreasonable schedules and when naturally the said product fails, they are blamed for not meeting the managements' unreasonable expectations.

    Advice to Management

    What works in Japan, may not necessary work in the West.


  2. working experience in DeNA Shanghai

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. good place to learn working independently for fresh graduates 2. good experience of fast study

    Cons

    1. communication between different Dept can be painful 2. no good work-life balance 3. encourage the employees to work overtime

    Advice to Management

    working overtime is not a sustainable way for either the staff or the company


  3. Vancouver Office - Good benefits. Poor understanding of how to make games for the west

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits good - if full time Friendly staff cushy job Beer and lunch treats Company grew a bunch

    Cons

    Lots of overhead from Japan that doesn't let the studio properly grow in the west which was part of the reason it shut down.


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  5. Flat and transparent company.

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good coworkers, high-speed business experiences, modest income.

    Cons

    In some department, people have to work for long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Don't employees get tired.


  6. Project Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits - Collaborative environment - DeNA encourages new ideas and allows us to try new approaches. If we succeed, great. If it didn't work no one is to blame, we learn from it and move forward. - Amazing people. Smart, friendly, social - Really good options for catered lunches and great breakfast too

    Cons

    - Morale has been down but execs are doing their best to reinvigorate the team. Already seeing an improvement. - Area gets busy and loud during baseball games


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Culture with Questionable Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DeNA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    DeNA has great benefits (fully covered health insurance, catered breakfast & lunch) and a friendly culture.

    Cons

    Global company mission and western company strategy have been questionable for years. DeNA West seems to wander from one strategy to the next. While the culture is friendly, there is little respect for the western and global CEOs or studio management in the west.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new studio leader. Focus game teams on building games in genres that align with their expertise. Stop targeting oversaturated genres. Doing the same thing everyone else is doing in gaming is a guaranteed way to fail.

    DeNA Response

    Aug 17, 2015 – CEO

    Thank you for taking time to post your opinions. I agree that we have a great company culture with competitive benefits. We take pride in providing our team members with the best possible work ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    NOBODY wants to work here or be here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DeNA full-time

    Pros

    - China Basin office location next to the ballpark is good - Usual SF office perks in terms of snacks and meals - At least SF will get to claim they're "successful" once they help promote Nintendo games in the West

    Cons

    - Senior leadership team that is all Japanese and has failed on so many levels since DENA acquired ngmoco. - Retention has been awful. It's been a revolving door of people coming and going once they realize the abysmal situation. - Leadership has blacklisted people who "speak-up" or have basically driven them out of the studio. - Horrible product decisions from crappy rushed games to spending millions on user acquisition campaigns with extremely poor returns on investment. - Transferred some employees from the failed Vancouver studio who are clearly not happy to be here and are apparently just going along with it because they got fat raises or they're work/immigration paperwork is controlled by DENA. - CEO's knowledge of games and the industry is laughable. Just a hollow figurehead being controlled by Japanese HQ because he can speak fluent English and Japanese. - Quality and execution on the tech side is a joke. - It honestly feels that if you're not Japanese or one of their few puppets left, there is no chance for advancement or having impact in this studio.

    Advice to Management

    This advice is directed to CEO in Japan. If you're serious about the West then rebuild DENA offices here and get rid of the current leadership group. Their failures in so many areas has killed this office and has created a horrible reptuation in the city. Nobody in this industry wants to work at DENA.

    DeNA Response

    Aug 17, 2015 – CEO

    Thank you for your candid thoughts regarding DeNA West management and practices. Many companies deal with employees leaving for other opportunities and that simply is the reality of running a ... More


  9. Helpful (7)

    Career Suicide

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    Current Employee - Planner in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Planner in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    1.Great Talents from major MNCs 2. Nice relocation package 3. Starting place for fresh grads

    Cons

    1. Japanese Management Enforced - Management portrays discrimination and racist remarks in thier orientations, to peer evaluation. You'll often catch them relating a lot of their discussions and negative remarks to 'western' thinking. They expects everyone to be Japanese or follow the Japanese traditional business management. Him and his Japanese management will CON you into the company by having it "bi-cultural' or ‘international’. Be careful it is very silent, and un-efficient environment. 2. High Employee Turnover - In the 10 months, I've seen 15 mid-Senior Managers leave the company. All very smart individuals whom had a lot of valuable skills go to waste due to enforced traditional Japanese management. 3. Claim to be Flat Organization - It's more like a tier of clumsy Japanese management who can't speak English nor had sufficient international business experiences. Be prepared to find ethnic treatment segregation. A) Japanese B) Vietnamese c) Other (if you fall under B or C, be silent and do whatever Japanese management tells you to do) Basically, you have 50-60 employees in Singapore office. (40 of them are fresh grads, 5 foreigners and 10-20 are upper Japanese management) 4. High Project Fails – Decision maker’s are young employees 22-25 years olds with little experience or only Japanese management (with little international business, sales and cultural understand) Basically: Low Talent + Poor Team Structure = Poor Performance = Low Revenue 5. Career Suicide – If you’re in your mid-career, forget working here. There isn’t any workshops, or talent / skill development. Or promotions. You just work overtime a lot and wait till Japanese managers go home. (Around9:30-10pm) if you’re seen leaving early, it will be seen by complainers and mentioned in peer evaluation 6. Un-expected and un-notified pay cuts. 2015 1st & 2nd Quarters were terrible in sales and they had to restructure everyone’s salaries without notification.

    Advice to Management

    Your management style won't compete on a global scale and I can only project a ton of layoffs within a year. The Japanese MD needs to retire or else understand how to cater to millennials & manage a millennial employees. Good talents are quitting and you're left with fresh grads and old men who don't understand the market. A cultural gap understanding

    DeNA Response

    Aug 10, 2015 – Managing Director, DeNA Singapore

    Thank you for this feedback. I appreciate you taking time to put together this message and I am sorry to hear you developed a negative impression while working here. This is a Singapore entity ... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    Suffers from poor vision and execution in the west

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time

    Pros

    Typical benefits for the area ie catered lunches etc.

    Cons

    No carer path or growth for employees. Lowest level employes are blamed when top down decisions fail. There is a heavy culture of finding scape goats rather than addressing key issues. Many projects are bloated while others woefully understaffed. High turn over rate makes it hard to find experienced expertise.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Depressing place to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people! I made a great network while I was there. The people rotate really fast. You would be promoted quickly if you could hang on to a position.

    Cons

    Executives sucks. I don't know if they have any ideas how to run a company. The place currently looks really depressing.



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